CURRICULUM & COURSE DESCRIPTION
*No Prerequisites Required!
BIO 103 Medical Terminology & Anatomy 6 Credit Hours: This course combines anatomy physiology with the latest medical terminology needed for the medical coding profession. Students will learn medical root words, prefixes, suffixes, and body systems/anatomy.
BIO 104 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology 3 Credit Hours: Students gain knowledge of the pathologic processes affecting the organs and tissues of the human body. Emphasis is placed on etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, clinical features, therapy, pharmacology, and prognosis of diseases.
HEALTH INFORMATION COURSES
HIM 110 Healthcare Delivery System 3 Credit Hours: An introduction to the financing, and delivery of healthcare services, this course gives an overview of the organization and activities of hospitals, nursing homes, mental health and ambulatory care centers, home health agencies, and hospices. Students also learn about the educational preparation and responsibilities of healthcare professionals and government regulations.
HIM 111 Healthcare Data Content & Structure 3 Credit Hours: Students will learn fundamental knowledge of patient and health care record keeping, different types of data, sources, use and users of data. Confidentiality and quality of data will be presented, as well as legal and ethical considerations. Learn the basic concepts in general healthcare computer systems, data retrieval and other HER systems.
HIM 120 ICD-10-CM Coding and Classification of Health Data 4 Credit Hours: Students develop an understanding of coding and classification systems to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedural codes. The course will include the validation of coded clinical information and case mix/severity of illness data.
HIM 121 ICD-10-PCS Coding and Classification of Health Data 4 Credit Hours: Students develop an understanding of coding and classification systems to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedural codes. The course will include the validation of coded clinical information and case mix/severity of illness data.
HIM 122 CPT/HCPCS Coding Classification System 4 Credit Hours: The general principles of CPT and HCPCS coding systems are introduced to the student. The class will cover the historical background, structure and organization of the systems, and the application of coding and regulatory guidelines, documentation, and basic components of healthcare documentation of the medical office. The class will include basic ambulatory coding concepts, higher-level examples of CPT/HCPCS coding and an overview of reimbursement methodologies.
REIMBURSEMENT AND RESEARCH COURSE
HIM 130 Health Information Medical Practices Reimbursement Methodology 3 Credit Hours: Students will be introduced to major reimbursement systems in the United States. It will also focus on prospective payment systems, managed care, the documentation necessary for appropriate reimbursement, and avoiding fraud.
HIM 131 Basic Auditing 1 Credit Hour: Students will learn the practical approach to clinical audit design and data collection. This course teaches the underlying principles of effective audit planning, the appropriate use of several methods of medical record data, and the presentation of findings.
HIM 140 AHIMA Virtual Lab Practicum 5 Credit Hours: This course simulates responsibilities a medical coding professional may be required to perform on the job. Students will develop an understanding of medical record documentation and classification systems in order to assign accurate diagnostic and/or procedure codes. Students will have hands-on experience with a logic-based encoder (3M, Find-A-Code), as well as the Patient Cases, and coding references via AHIMA Virtual Lab a web-base internship.
Certification Examination Preparation 1 Credit Hour: Students completing the program are eligible to take Certified Coding Associate exam administered by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA). This course will prepare students for the CCA certification exam by providing test-taking tips, study strategies and practice on mock exams. Students will have the opportunity to explore career, personal goals, prepare a resume and mock job interviews.