2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Medical Coding

Degree

Certificate (Eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate or if combined with AS degree.)

Overview

The Medical Coding Certificate prepares students to function in medical clinic coding/billing departments, as well as, coding/billing facilities.  Students learn to analyze medical records, such as chart notes and operation reports, then, assign accurate medical codes to the appointment (E&M), diagnoses (ICD-10-CM), procedures (CPT), and supplies (HCPCS) documented.  Students also learn billing and reimbursement practices, including CMS 1500 forms. The Medical Coding program prepares students to sit for a national certification exam.

Career Opportunities

Medical billers/coders are in demand by coding/billing facilities, insurance companies, medical clinics (all specialties), and hospitals. This occupation is expected to experience faster than average employment growth with a moderate volume of annual job openings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Identify organs and structures of human anatomy and physiology of body systems, including: medical terminology, related diseases/disorders, signs/symptoms, etiology, diagnostics tests, procedures, treatments/medications.
  • Demonstrate accurate and efficient Medical Coding, including: reading and analyzing patient charts/operation notes, and assigning appropriate ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS, E/M codes.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, regarding medical coding topics and issues, using professional and appropriate methods and/or medical terminology.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Religion Course

Complete 1 course, 2 credits

Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & Everlast Gospel

2 credits

REL 275Teach & Doct of Book of Mormon

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:2

Certificate Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
MCO 105Medical Coding Lab

1 credits

MCO 190Intro to Medical Reimbursement

4 credits

MCO 195Intro to Medical Coding

4 credits

MCO 201Body Systems & Coding 1

4 credits

MCO 202Body Systems & Coding 2

4 credits

MCO 203Body Systems & Coding 3

4 credits

MCO 204Body Systems & Coding 4

4 credits

MCO 205Medical Coding Lab

1 credits

Total Credit Hours:26

Total Credit Hours: 28

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Depending upon the number of preparatory courses a student must take, an additional semester may be required to complete the program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MCO 105Medical Coding Lab

1 credits

MCO 190Intro to Medical Reimbursement

4 credits

MCO 195Intro to Medical Coding

4 credits

MCO 201Body Systems & Coding 1

4 credits

Religion Cornerstone Religion

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MCO 202Body Systems & Coding 2

4 credits

MCO 203Body Systems & Coding 3

4 credits

MCO 204Body Systems & Coding 4

4 credits

MCO 205Medical Coding Lab

1 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Total Credit Hours: 28

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the required 28 credit hours of core and religion courses
  2. Completion of each course with a C grade or higher
  3. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher
  4. 1 Cornerstone religion course*

*Note: The one (2) credit religion course will count toward the (8) credits of required religion general education courses for students who are completing the AS degree + Certificate.