Medical office specialist | Billing & Coding

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Medical office specialist | Billing & Coding

This program is designed to provide the students with the basics for entry-level positions in the medical field with emphasis on coding and billing. Introductory subjects like Medical Office Management and Electronic Health Records lay the groundwork in this exciting career. Courses in Coding, Medical Insurance, Medical Billing and Reimbursement are the backbone of the program.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Total Number of Quarter Credit Hours 48.5
Total Number of Clock Hours 780
Total Number of Quarters / Weeks / Months 4 / 40 / 9
Credential awarded Diploma

80%

Completion rate

75%

Job Placement rate

Course Code Course Description Clock Hours Credit Hours
CPT 032 Word Processing 60 3.5
CPT 033 Electronic Spreadsheets 50 3
MAT 001 Business Math 40 3
MEA 1303 Medical Office Management 40 3
MED 001 Medical Terminology 30 3
MED 002 Medical Coding I 30 2
MED 003 Medical Coding II 30 2
MED 004 Medical Insurance I 40 3
MED 005 Medical Insurance II 40 3
MED 006 Anatomy and Physiology 30 3
MED 009 Medical Billing Software 50 3
MED 020 Medical Billing and Reimbursement 30 2
MED 023 Medical Coding III 30 2
MED 030 Electronic Health Records 50 3
SLS1401 Career and Professional Development 50 4
MOS EXT Medical Office Externship 180 6

*The courses shown above may not be offered in the same order in which they are listed.
**Quarter Credit hour conversion 10 Lecture hours = 1 credit / 20 Lab hours = 1 credit / 30 Externship hours = 1 credit

This course is an introduction to the concepts, features and commands of the most popular commercial Word Processing software. Students will learn how to create, format, edit, merge and print documents using basic capabilities of Word Processing software. Classes are conducted in a hands-on-lecture laboratory environment where a computer is assigned to each student. No previous computer training or experience is required. Laboratory is required.

This course is an introduction to the concepts, features, and commands of the most popular commercial Electronic Spreadsheets software. Students will learn to create, format, edit, link and print spreadsheets using basic capabilities of Electronic Spreadsheets software. Classes are conducted in a hands-on-lecture laboratory environment where a computer is assigned to each student. No previous computer training or experience is required. Laboratory is required.

This course is designed to review basic math principles and its application in business. Students will use simple mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, calculation of percents, ratios proportions and other operations in order to be able to conduct business transactions.

This course is an introduction to basic medical office procedures. Topics covered include legal and ethical issues, commonly used office equipment, the handling of patient records, filing, telephone skills, and scheduling appointments. Electronic medical records software will be used for hands-on training.

This course is an introduction to medical terminology. Students will learn the current medical nomenclature as well as the Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes that translate their medical meaning. In addition, students will learn to use the medical references and resources for research and practice.

This course is an introduction to medical coding. Students will learn the complex coding principles applied in today’s medical insurance industry using the CPT and ICD10 coding manuals so as to correctly bill the responsible party.

This course is a continuation of Medical Coding I. The students will learn to apply the more advanced concepts of code diagnostics for billing and insurance verification. To achieve this objective, students will learn how to use the latest coding software in the industry. No previous computer training or experience is required. Classes are conducted in a hands-on-lecture laboratory environment where a computer is assigned to each student. No previous computer training or experience is required. Laboratory is required. Prerequisite MED 002

This course is designed to help students become familiar with the insurance claim forms for the different providers, such as AETNA, Prudential, HMO’s, Medicaid, Medicare, and Workman’s Compensation.

This course is a continuation of Medical Insurance I. Students will continue to work with insurance claim forms. This course provides a hands-on training on handling the various claim forms used by different providers such as insurance companies and government programs. Prerequisite MED 004

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic anatomy of the human body as well as the individual functions of the organs. Classes are structured starting from the elemental atom, and progressing in complexity until the organism is fully integrated as a functional unit.

This course is designed to train students in using the widely accepted medical billing software. This software prepares students for billing procedures, invoice disbursement, and follow-up procedures. Classes are conducted in a hands-on-lecture laboratory environment where a computer is assigned to each student. No previous computer training or experience is required. Laboratory is required.

This course is designed to enable students to understand the way the insurance company’s process payment of the claims. Students will learn to determine if the medical services were paid correctly or, if it is necessary, to appeal and request the processing of the proper payment.

This course is a continuation of Medical Coding II. Students will learn to apply the more advanced concepts of code diagnostics to real life scenarios. Using the coding manuals and the industry’s Coding Software, students will prepare billing and insurance statements. Classes are conducted in a hands-on-lecture laboratory environment where a computer is assigned to each student. No previous computer training or experience is required. Laboratory is required. Prerequisite MED 003

This course is designed to enable students understand the way the Electronic Health Records are implemented in medical offices and general health services. Students will learn how to use the electronic systems in the basic aspects of the medical practice.

This course is designed to help the student develop the necessary skills and knowledge needed to enter the current job market. This preparation will be accomplished by helping students improve their communication skills in a business environment, their resume writing skills as well as their job searching and job interviewing techniques.

Students will participate in an externship program to gain work experience. Each student will be placed in a real work environment under the supervision of a specialist who will evaluate and report his/her performance. Prerequisite: to participate in the “Medical Office Specialist” externship program, students must have earned passing grades during the first two quarters.