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

Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding


Program Description

The goal of this associate’s 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. Build a fundamental understanding of medical terminology, disease process, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology related to medical 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. Understand necessary medical billing and reimbursement methodologies pertaining to insurance and billing guidelines
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of patient privacy, 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 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, 34.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Capstone or Internship


4.00 semester 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.