Medical Coding Specialist Certificate



Year 1 Semester 1
Fall
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology

This course is a study and practical application of medical vocabulary system. Includes structure recognition analysis definition spelling pronunciation and combination of medical terms form prefixes suffixes roots and combining forms. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1343 Medical Insurance

This course emphasizes medical office coding for payment and reimbursement by patient or third-party payers for ambulatory care settings. (Fall)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313  BCIS 1305 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1205 Medical Law & Ethics

This is a course of instruction in principles procedures and regulations involving legal and ethical relationships among physicians patients and medical assistants in ambulatory care settings.

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture and four hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

HITT 1441 Coding and Classification Systems

This course emphasizes fundamentals of coding rules conventions and guidelines using clinical classification systems. (Fall)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313 BCIS 1305 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
12

Year 1 Semester 2
Spring
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure

This course is an introduction to systems and processes for collecting maintaining an disseminating primary and secondary health-related information including content of health record documentation requirements registries indices licensing regulatory agencies forms and screens. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1343 HITT 1441 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1302 Human Disease/Pathophysiology

This course is a study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology including etiology prognosis medical treatment and signs of symptoms of common diseases of the body systems.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MDCA 1309 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants

This course emphasizes structure and function of human cells tissues organs and systems with overview of common pathophysiology. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week
Prerequisites

MDCA 1313 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding

This course places emphasis on fundamentals of ambulatory coding rules conventions and guidelines. (Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MDCA 1343 HITT 1441 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
12

Year 1 Semester 3
Summer
HITT 1249 Pharmacology for Health Professions

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of the pharmacological treatment of various diseases affecting major body systems.

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture and three hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding

This course is advanced concepts of ICD and CPT coding rules conventions and guidelines in complex case studies. Investigation of government regulations and changes in health care reporting. (Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

HITT 1301 HITT 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications

Introduces and develops foundational skills in applying essential and emerging business productivity information technology tools. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications including word processing spreadsheets databases presentation graphics data analytics and business-oriented utilization of the internet.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Knowledge of keyboard.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

HITT 2435 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies

This course consists of advanced coding techniques with emphasis on case studies health records and federal regulations regarding prospective payment systems and methods of reimbursement. (Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

HITT 1301 HITT 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
12




Total Program Hours
36



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Medical Coding Specialist program is designed to prepare competent coding specialists who are responsible for correctly coding healthcare claims to obtain financial reimbursement from insurance companies and government health care programs. Medical Coding Specialists work in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and billing companies using specialized electronic medical software to assign procedure and diagnosis codes for billing purposes. Please consult a faculty advisor or program director for more information. CIP: 51.0713


Recommended High School Endorsement
Public Service

Faculty Advisor

Division Chair

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For More Information Contact

April Brannon
903-434-8131
abrannon@ntcc.edu