Translating knowledge into a career.
A medical coder is an essential member of a health care team. In this role, you’ll be responsible for translating important medical information into simple codes to document medical records and ensure accurate reimbursement.
In this one-year, fully online program, you’ll develop an understanding of medical coding as a data collection tool; gain an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology; and master the principles of medical coding, which is critical to health care services reimbursement. Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be able to apply your skills to proper CPT-4 and ICD-10 coding in various health care settings.
What you’ll learn
- Gain entry-level coding skills with ICD-10-CM and CPT-4.
- Be able to describe the relationship between coding and reimbursement in health care, including how to complete the CMS-1500 billing form.
- Develop appropriate billing and coding skills, such as using medical office simulation software and how to manage the front office.
- Display professional workplace behaviors including patient confidentiality and professional ethics.
- Demonstrate clear and effective verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and accountability measures within their scope of practice.
- Understand the United States Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Hospital medical records departments
- Outpatient clinics
- Home health agencies
- EMS services