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.
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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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.
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.
|Course #||Course Name||Credit|
|BIOL 2252||Anatomy & Physiology I||3.00|
|BIOL 2254||Anatomy & Physiology II||3.00|
|ENGL 1111||College Writing I||3.00|
|PHIL 2210||Bioethical Issues in Contemporary Society||3.00|
|PSYC 1105||General Psychology||3.00|
|SPCH 1110||Intro to Public Speaking||3.00|
|CPTR 1105||Intro to Computers - Medical Applications||3.00|
|HLTH 1106||Medical Terminology||2.00|
|ADMM 1120||Medical Office Procedures||3.00|
|ADMM 1125||US Healthcare Systems||3.00|
|ADMM 1140||Medical Billing/Insurance||3.00|
|ADMM 1145||CPT & HCPCS||3.00|
|ADMM 2005||Advanced CPT & HCPCS||3.00|
|ADMM 2200||Medical Language Applications||3.00|
|ADMM 2265||Advanced ICD-10||3.00|
|ADMS 1116||Business Communications||3.00|
|MKTG 1108||Customer Relations Mgmt||3.00|
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