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Medical Secretary Courses

ADMM 2252


Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed to prepare the learner to code the services provided in a hospital setting. The course will apply coding knowledge by abstracting information from inpatient records for billing and insurance purposes. The course utilizes practical examples to reinforce coding principles. 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 effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  3. Demonstrate career/computation skills.
  4. Demonstrate technology skills.
  5. Demonstrate global/environmental perspective.
  6. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Apply the rules of coding to a variety of medical specialties
  2. Use the ICD-9-CM Conventions
  3. Utilize the medical record as a source document
  4. Use the appropriate codes and assign them to signs and symptoms
  5. Utilize the coding rules and apply them to the useage of V and E codes
  6. Administer codes from the Poisoning and Adverse Effects of Drugs tables accurately
  7. Assign appropriate codes to neoplams using the Neoplasm Table
  8. Apply correct codes to procedures using Volume 3 of the ICD-9-CM section
  9. Appraise the future coding system ICD-10-CM

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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