CSC Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist (221-285-90)

Program: Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist—Fast Track
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-285-90
Length: 28 credit hours
This program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Length may vary.
Program Head: Cinda Schmitt

Purpose: This program is designed for persons seeking employment in a medical office setting for medical coding and reimbursement.

Occupational Objective: With the Medical Billing and Coding (MBC) program, the student will gain the skills needed to enter one of the fastest-growing fields in allied health as a medical billing specialist, medical coder, or medical office manager.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to code medical diagnoses and complete reimbursement activities correctly. In this program, the student will gain experience working with the main coding manuals in the field, the ICD-9 (10)-CM and the CPT, while the student learns how to code disorders, services, and procedures for all systems of the body. The program also covers the Healthcare Procedural Coding System (HCPCS). In addition, the student will master the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are central to this field, including HIPAA compliance requirements, industry-specific techniques for filing insurance, and diagnostic and procedural coding tasks. Upon completion, the student can then register, prepare for, and take the National Exams for Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and/or Certified Reimbursement Specialist (CRS).

Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College. In addition, entry into the Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist requires proficiency in reading and mathematics. Students who are not proficient will be advised to take developmental courses offered by the College.

In addition, students must complete the following courses as prerequisites: MTH 2, AST 102, AST 141.

Special Conditions: Technologies change rapidly, and courses more than 5 years old at time of graduation are evaluated for relevancy to the certificate.

Program Requirements: A minimum grade of a “C” must be earned on all AST, ITE, MDA, HIM, and HLT courses.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.

Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist—Fast Track CSC (221-285-90)
sample schedule
Prerequisites: MTH 2, AST 102, AST 141
Fall Term
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications 3
MDA 208 Medical Coding (1st -8 weeks) 2
HIM 254 Adv. Coding/R. (2nd -8 weeks) 3
MDA 210 Medical Office Software(2nd 8 weeks) 1
Medical Law & Ethics (1st -8 weeks) 2
Total 14
Spring Term
HLT 144 Medical Terminology II 3
HIM 110 Intro to Human Pathology 3
AST 205 Business Communications 3
HIM 106 International Classifications of Diseases (1st 8 weeks) 2
MDA 209 Med Office Ins (2nd -8 weeks) 2
HIM 195 E-Health Records (1st 8 weeks) 1
Total 14
Total Minimum Credits 28