January 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 14, 2021  
January 2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding


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**Effective December 10, 2020, this program is no longer enrolling students.

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 Outcomes

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 60.00 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 Course


4.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Internship or Research Project


4.00 semester credit hours are required.

General Education Requirements


Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 21.00 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

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

3.00 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.

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