The Medical Coding program is designed to educate students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a career as a medical coder. Students will be exposed to a variety of issues relating to the healthcare field as well as common medical terminology which will relate to their future careers as coders.
Medical coders review medical documents in order to assign standardized medical codes. These codes are essential in determining accurate billing, referral, insurance, and pharmacy records. According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), medical codes translate physician notes, radiology and laboratory records, and other medical documentation into standardized codes that tell payers the following:
- Patient’s diagnosis
- Medical necessity for treatments, services, or supplies the patient received
- Treatments, services, and supplies provided to the patient
- Any unusual circumstances or medical condition that affected those treatments and services
The Technical Certificate (TC) option is aimed at students new to the medical field, while the Certificate of Proficiency (CP) is geared toward students that already have a background in the medical field, either from current or previous employment or training from another allied health disciplines but are seeking a new set of skills for a career change. Upon completion of either the TC or CP, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (COC) certification which is needed employment in the medical coding field.