Medical Coding Specialist

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The Medical Coding Specialist certificate program prepares students in many of the procedures associated with billing for medical services. Students receive training in medical billing processes including patient account management, diagnosis and procedure coding and medical insurance claim processing.

Thorough understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology and human disease conditions is necessary for anyone working in this field. Medical coding involves using nationally-recognized coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to medical treatment. These codes provide information that is used in insurance claims processing.

Many different types of insurance programs are handled in the medical office. Students will examine insurance programs/plans such as Medicare, Medicaid & TRICARE, profit and non-profit third-party payers, workers' compensation packages and disability coverage.

Graduates of the program may be eligible to take one of the national coding certification exams.

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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students who have completed BIOL2252 and BIOL2254 may substitute both courses for BIOL1004.

All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate.

The program requires students to have current working knowledge of specific required technical courses. Courses older than 5 years will not be accepted for transfer into the program:
ADMM1120 Medical Office Procedures
ADMM1130 Medical Transcription
ADMM1134 Medical Language Applications
ADMM1150 Medical Billing/Insurance
ADMM1165 ICD-10-CM & PCS Coding
ADMM2230 Advanced Medical Transcription
BIOL1004 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
CPTR1104 Intro to Computers
HLTH1106 Medical Terminology
HLTH1140 Electronic Health Records
HLTH2002 Pharmacology

Computer required. Web cam and online proctoring fees may apply.

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of "C" or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Note: Some programs may require assessment scores that exceed the college minimum in the areas of Arithmetic & Elementary Algebra.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ADMM 1134 Medical Language Applic 3 credits
ADMM 1150 Medical Billing/Insurance 3 credits
ADMM 1160 CPT/HCPCS Coding 3 credits
ADMM 1165 ICD Coding 3 credits
BIOL 1004 Intro Anatomy & Phys 3 credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 2002 Pharmacology 2 credits
HLTH 2208 Pathophysiology 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 25 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate professional business communication in writing and speaking.
2. Student will use correct medical terminology in all healthcare applications.
3. Student will utilize appropriate technologies for health care applications.
4. Student will interpret health care records accurately.
5. Student will prepare and manage records according to healthcare standards.
6. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, and behaviors expected of the medical coding specialist profession.
7. Student will perform diagnosis and procedure coding accurately and properly.
8. Student will apply correct principles of bookkeeping and insurance procedures to medical coding specialist tasks.
9. Student will provide optimal, professional services expected by patients and employers while performing required medical coding specialist duties.
10. Student will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of medical coding specialist situations.
11. Student will demonstrate interpersonal skills through effective listening, written, and oral communication in diverse situations.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Graduates of the medical secretary, medical administrative secretary and emphasis area programs have employment opportunities in a variety of health care settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, government agencies, public health, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, and dental offices.

The employment outlook for medical secretaries in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 32%, a very high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Lori Anderson
  • Medical Administrative Assistant Instructor
  • (218) 793-2559