Oct 01, 2020
(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)
The goal of this program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as extensive training in anatomy, physiology, the disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical biller and/or medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Analyze medical documentation for appropriate codes using terminology, disease process, anatomy and physiology and pharmacology.
- Employ appropriate coding format and guidelines to assign diagnosis codes.
- Employ appropriate coding format and guidelines to assign procedure codes.
- Apply medical billing and reimbursement methodology.
Potential Occupational Titles
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, medical records, medical billers, medical secretaries, and coding specialists.
A minimum of 61.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.
All courses, 37.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Internship or Research Project
4.00 semester credit hours are required.
* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.
** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required four terms prior to internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.
General Education Requirements
Students enrolled in this associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.
9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science*
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences
*This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.