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College Catalog: Administrative and Office Support: Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist

Program: Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist
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: Joe Edenfield

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

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

Occupational Objectives:  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).

Admissions 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.

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.

Medical Office Coder/Reimbursement Specialist CSC (221-285-90)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
Fall
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications 3
MDA 208 Medical Coding 2
HIM 254 Adv. Coding/R. 3
MDA 210 Medical Office Software 1
MDA 297 Med. Law and Ethics 2
Total Semester Credits 14
Spring
HLT 144 Med. Term II 3
HIM 110 Intro to Human Pathology 3
AST 205 Business Communications 3
HIM 106 International Classifications of Diseases 2
MDA 209 Med Office Ins 2
HIM 195 E-Health Records 1
Total Semester Credits 14
Total Program Credits 28