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Medical Secretary Courses

ADMM 1145


Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to medical coding and emphasizes coding in a medical office and other outpatient care facilities. Course topics include ICD-9 and ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS Level II and III procedural coding, and legal and ethical issues related to outpatient coding practices. Prerequisite(s): ADMM2200 (Medical Language Applications)

Credit Breakdown: 2/1/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills by applying correct codes to assignments
  2. Communicate the purpose of the CPT manual
  3. Explain the levels of E/M services
  4. Assign modifiers accurately
  5. Demonstrate understanding of ICD-9-CM volumes 1,2,3


  1. Identify the purposes of the CPT manual
  2. Assign modifiers accurately
  3. Identify the symbols used in the CPT manual
  4. List the major sections found in the CPT manual
  5. Identify and explain the three factors of E/M coding
  6. Explain the levels of E/M services
  7. Explain the anesthesia section and subsection format
  8. Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnosis codes
  9. Identify characteristics of volumes 1,2, and 3 formats
  10. Sequence ICD-9-CM codes properly
  11. Recognize the major parts of ICD-10-PCS
  12. Apply coding skills to a special assignment to be used in eFolio (artifact)

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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