January 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Mar 03, 2021  
January 2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist


Program Description

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.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Build a fundamental understanding of medical terminology, disease process, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology related to medical billing and coding.
  2. Examine medical documentation to assign appropriate basic and advanced coding using the appropriate coding system (CPT, ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS), conventions, guidelines, and instructional notes as used in various settings.
  3. Utilize knowledge of medical billing and reimbursement methodologies that pertain to billing and coding guidelines to capture proper reimbursement for services rendered and denial resolution.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of healthcare laws and regulations and the importance of professionalism and ethical conduct in the healthcare industry.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, medical records, medical billers, medical secretaries, and coding specialists.

Program Content

A minimum of 60.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses


All courses, 34.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Capstone or Internship


4.00 credit hours are required.

Personal and Professional Development Courses


1.00 semester credit hours are required.

General Education Requirements - Associate


Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines.

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

  • EN 104 – English Composition I
  • EN 111- Information Literacy
  • EN 116 – Speech

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities

  • HU 140 – Cultural Diversity
  • HU 240 – Introduction to Humanities

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

  • MA 109 – College Algebra

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science

  • SC 144 – Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology*

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PS 101 – Psychology

*This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirement, SC 144, above.