Medical Coding Specialist

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: , Online

Program Description

The Medical Coding Specialist 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.


Employment

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.


According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in the state of Minnesota is $21.41 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 9.8%, a very high-growth career.


Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ADMM 1110 Intro to Hlth Info Mgmt 3
ADMM 1135 Medical Language Applic 4
ADMM 1150 Medical Billing/Insurance 3
ADMM 1160 CPT/HCPCS Coding 3
ADMM 1165 ICD Coding 3
ADMM 2240 Medical Coding Ethics 3
ADMM 2250 Inpatient Billing 3
ADMM 2260 Interm CPT/HCPCS Coding 3
ADMM 2265 Interm ICD Coding 3
ADMM 2285 Certification Review 3
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2
HLTH 1108 Cultural Diversity 1
HLTH 1140 Electronic Health Records 3
HLTH 2002 Pharmacology 2
HLTH 2208 Pathophysiology 3
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
  G1: Communication Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  G5: History/Social Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
TOTAL CREDITS: 60
 

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G1: Communications Electives
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1103 Interpersonal Communicati 3
G5: History/Social Science Electives
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3

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