Friday – October 24, 2014

 

Medical Coding Specialist
Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-530-2


For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Classes are taught at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street
(Sixth Street and McKinley Avenue.)

 

Overview — The Medical Coding Specialist program prepares students for employment as entry-level coding specialists in a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn to assign diagnosis and procedure codes using two different coding systems. These codes are taken from patient records and physician documentation. The codes are used for billing and reimbursement purposes, as well as data collection and medical research.


Career Outlook
— Graduates of this program can become certified through the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. The employment outlook is favorable.


Added Career Value
 — After earning this diploma, the credits can be applied toward completing the Health Information Technology associate degree  program. Ask your program advisor for more information.


Program Learning Outcomes
 — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Classify medical data from patient records
  • Review patients' records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure
  • Have expertise in the various coding systems
  • Be an integral member of the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare setting
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with detailed data quickly and accurately

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are also required for admission:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school chemistry
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


 

Related Programs:
Health Information Technology
Medical Administrative Specialist

Start Date: August


Curriculum effective 2014-15.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERM 

Credits

 

 

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology 

3

 

 

HIT-181 

Introduction to the Health Record ‡

1

 

 

 

NATSCI-177

General Anatomy/Physiology

4

HIT-182 

Human Disease for Health Professions ‡

3

HEALTH-107

Introduction to Computing for Healthcare

2

HIT-197 

ICD Diagnosis Coding

3

HIT-199 

ICD Procedure Coding

2

HIT-184 

CPT Coding ‡

3

HIT-185

Healthcare Reimbursement ‡

2

HIT-195

Applied Coding ‡

2

 

 

HIT-176

Healthcare Data Management ‡

2

TOTAL CREDITS: 27

 

 

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.