AAS — Medical Coding

This 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares graduates for a career in medical coding with comprehensive training using nationally recognized coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to medical treatment. The AAS program includes coursework in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, U.S. health care systems and medical billing and insurance, as well as college-level courses in writing, bioethical issues in contemporary society, general psychology, intro to public speaking, business communications and customer relations management. Medical coders are needed for patient account management, medical billing and insurance claims processing.

Employment

Professionals in medical coding organize and manage medical data, including medical facility records, health care training materials, official health care documents and medical research reports. Graduates with a Northwest Technical College Medical Coding degree are prepared for employment opportunities in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, government agencies, public health, home health agencies, long-term care facilities and dental offices. There will be a need for about 1,500 additional medical records and health information technicians nationwide to meet market demand between 2012-2022.

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Next Steps

Up to 60 credits for this AAS degree are transferable to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Business Administration online at Mayville (N.D.) State University. Students may also want to consider the Health Care Administrative Assistant AAS degree to advance your medical career. Graduates who complete that program have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of a medical office and are qualified candidates for office manager positions.

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
BIOL 2252Anatomy & Physiology I3.00
BIOL 2254Anatomy & Physiology II3.00
ENGL 1111College Writing I3.00
PHIL 2210Bioethical Issues in Contemporary Society3.00
PSYC 1105General Psychology3.00
SPCH 1110Intro to Public Speaking3.00
CPTR 1105Intro to Computers - Medical Applications3.00
HLTH 1106Medical Terminology2.00
HLTH 2002Pharmacology2.00
HLTH 2208Pathophysiology3.00
ADMM 1120Medical Office Procedures3.00
ADMM 1125US Healthcare Systems3.00
ADMM 1140Medical Billing/Insurance3.00
ADMM 1145CPT & HCPCS3.00
ADMM 2005Advanced CPT & HCPCS3.00
ADMM 2200Medical Language Applications3.00
ADMM 2252ICD-10-CM3.00
ADMM 2265Advanced ICD-103.00
ADMM 2285Internship2.00
ADMS 1116Business Communications3.00
MKTG 1108Customer Relations Mgmt3.00
Total Credits: 60