Medical Coding, Certificate Program (Online)

The Medical coding course provides students with the knowledge of transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. Basic understanding of the Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology and Pharmacology are discussed. The course, will prepare students to get an entry-level position as Medical Coder.

Admission to the Program
Applicants must present:
1. An official High School Diploma or an official transcript from each college and university attended.
2. A completed Application for Admission form.

The objectives of the Medical Coding Online Program are to:
● Prepare students with the basic knowledge of the Human Anatomy, Medical Terminology, and Pharmacology.
● Prepare students with an understanding of the legal/ethical and regulatory issues in health information.
● Prepare the students with the knowledge of transforming information such as diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal alphanumeric codes.
● Express the importance of growing a Christ-like character as a pivotal component of preparation for service across a range of callings.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Medical Coding Online Program, students will be able to successfully:
● Demonstrate knowledge of the Human Anatomy and Physiology
● Demonstrate the skill in using medical terminologies in relation to the Human anatomy and Physiology, diagnosis, procedures, and medical equipment
● Use skill to Transcribe medical information such as diagnosis, procedures, medical services and equipment into universal alphanumeric codes
● Apply and comply with the legal/ethical practices/issues in health information
● Apply in an entry-level position as a Medical Code

Requirement for the Certificate of Completion (Hours)
To receive a Certificate of Completion, a student must:
1) Satisfactorily complete the required courses listed below.
2) An attempt of all required assignments
3) A passing score of 70% or higher on all chapter review exams
4) A passing score of 70% or higher on final exam
5) An overall final course score of 70% or higher

All students are required to take the total of 153 hours of the courses as follows:

Course Requirements:  Hours
HSC 301 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology  18
HSC 302 Basic Medical Terminology  27
HSC 303 Introduction to Pharmacology  9
HSC 304 Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems  9
HSC 305 Health Information Processes  9
HSC 306 International Classification of Diseases  36
HSC 307 Current Procedural Terminology Coding  36
MCO 570 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information  9
Totals  153

Course Description:
HSC 301: Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
This course provides an overview and perspective of the human body structure and function. Topics include a survey of all major systems of the human body, their structure and function. The connections and inter-working relationships among systems are introduced. Lab work includes computer exercises and simulation activities, as well as observation related to topics covered.

HSC 302: Basic Medical Terminology
This course introduces the elements of medical terminology. The basic foundations of words used to describe the human body and its conditions, terminology for medical procedures, and names of commonly prescribed medications. Spelling, pronunciation and meanings of terms used in a professional healthcare setting are covered, as is recognition of common abbreviations.

HSC 303: Introduction to Pharmacology
This course introduces pharmacologic agents as it relates to medical diagnosis. The focus is on the basic principles of biophysics, biochemistry and physiology, as related to the mechanisms of drug action, biodistribution and metabolism. Topics covered include: mechanisms of drug action, dose-response relations, pharmacokinetics, drug delivery systems, drug metabolism, toxicity of pharmacological agents, drug interaction and substance abuse. Selected agents and classes of agents are examined.

HSC 304: Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
This course covers the Interrelationships among system components and care providers. The history, organization and current issues in the U.S. healthcare delivery system, licensing, accrediting and regulatory compliance activities, the importance of financial and quality management, safety and security, and the role of health information professionals are discussed.

HSC 305: Health Information Processes
This course introduces health information functions such as content and format of records; retention and storage requirements; indexes and registries; and forms design. Relationships among departments and clinical providers within a healthcare system are explored, and management concepts are introduced. Hardware, software and communication technology are used to complete health information processes. Fundamentals of database management are applied to health information examples. Practice exercises support learning.

HSC 306: International Classification of Diseases
This course covers principals, guidelines, definitions and coding conventions of the International Classification of Diseases-10-Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). Coursework is designed to help students gain experience needed for accurately dissecting operative reports and building codes in ICD-10-PCS. Principles and guidelines for using the ICD-10-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) system to code diagnoses are introduced. Patient records and exercises using coding manuals and software tools provide practice in coding and sequencing diagnoses and procedures. Coding ethics, data quality and application of coding principles to electronic record systems are explored.

HSC 307: Current Procedural Terminology Coding
This course presents the principles of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4 or most current version), used to code procedures performed by healthcare providers. Through practice exercises, students assign procedure codes and apply guidelines for assignment of Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes and modifiers to case examples. The purpose and use of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) are reviewed. Application of coding principles to an electronic record system is explored. This course covers advanced coding techniques and guidelines from the Current Procedural Terminology code set and the International Classification of Diseases. Students code complex case studies and medical reports by utilizing manuals and software tools. Coding theory is used to examine principles and application of coding systems
MCO 570: Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information
This course covers the legal and regulatory issues in healthcare practice, with emphasis on their application to healthcare information services and documentation of care. Students explore the rights and responsibilities of providers, employees, payers and patients in a healthcare context. Legal terminology pertaining to civil liability and the judicial and legislative processes is covered. Laws and regulations addressing release of information and retention of records are examined, as are the legal and regulatory issues surrounding confidentiality of information.