September 2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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September 2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associates of Science/Applied Science in Medical Coding (ASMC/AASMC)

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(Please see the Herzing University Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus   chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

The goal of this associates program in medical coding is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of anatomy, physiology, 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.  Basic and advanced coding methods will be employed.  Student will gain an understanding of the importance of patient privacy while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Examine medical documentation for appropriate codes using terminology, disease process, anatomy and physiology and pharmacology.  
  2. Employ appropriate basic and advanced coding format and guidelines to assign medical codes. 
  3. Understand principles of patient privacy and ethical conduct. 

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, medical records, medical coder, inpatient coder, outpatient coder and coding specialists.

Program Content

A minimum of 61.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.


Required Courses

All courses, 16.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

♢8.00 semester credit hours are required. (6.00 of these semester credit hours will satisfy general education science requirement)

Required Internship or Research Project

4.00 semester credit hours are required.

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

♢Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.

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