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Medical Coding Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315302

The Medical Coding program is designed to prepare students for employment in all types of health care organizations, insurance companies, or government agencies associated with medical coding, reimbursement, health services research, and health care planning. All credits from this technical diploma can be applied to the Health Information Technology associate degree. This technical diploma will take a minimum of four terms to complete.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following settings: hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home health agencies, state and federal health agencies, and private industry as a (an):

• Medical Coding Specialist

• Coding Specialist

• Coding Analyst

• Outpatient Coder

• Inpatient Coder

• Chargemaster Auditor

• Insurance Claims Analyst

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Requirements for Program Application

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Admission Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
• Two semesters in High School, or one semester in College of Biology, or equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better.
• Typing proficiency of 30 words per minute (mandatory preadmission typing test to be taken at the NWTC Assessment Center).

Requirements for Program Entry

• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 78; Sentence Skills, 90. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory registration day through blackboard and Welcome Week.
• Students are expected to have entry-level computer and keyboarding skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer and keyboarding skills coursework if deficient in this area

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students who complete coursework in prerequisite order will take a minimum of four terms to finish the Medical Coding technical diploma.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-103-111
Micro: Windows/Computer Basics
1
10-103-111 MICRO: WINDOWS/COMPUTER BASICS ...Windows desktop elements, help features, folder and file management (create, delete, move, find file), and Search strategies. Blackboard, internet, and e-mail usage. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-103-121
Micro: Word-Intro
1
10-103-121 MICRO: WORD-INTRODUCTION ...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-501-101
Medical Terminology
3
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-530-181
Intro to the Health Record
1
10-530-181 INTRO TO THE HEALTH RECORD ... illustrate the flow of health information in various health care delivery systems and within the health information department; retrieve data from health records; professional ethics; confidentiality and security of information. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-530-182
Human Diseases for Hlth Profes
3
10-530-182 HUMAN DISEASE FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS ...this course focuses on the common diseases of each body system as encountered in all types of health care settings by health information professionals. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment (including pharmacologic) of each disease. (Prerequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-530-197
ICD Diagnosis Coding
3
10-530-197 ICD DIAGNOSIS CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Prerequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; Corequisites: 10-530-181, Intro to Health Records; 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions; accepted in Health Information Technology program or Medical Coding technical diploma) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-806-189
Basic Anatomy
3
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Reading = 55 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with “B” or better OR equivalent)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-530-176
Health Data Management
2
10-530-176 HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT...introduces the use and structure of health care data elements, data sets, data standards, their relationships to primary and secondary record systems and health information processing. Students must successfully complete Intro to Health Record to retain enrollment in this course. (Corequisite: 10-530-181, Intro to Health Record) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-530-184
CPT Coding
3
10-530-184 CPT CODING...assign CPT codes supported by medical documentation at entry level; apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines; case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the Health Information Technology program or Medical Coding technical diploma; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; Corequisites: 10-530-181, Intro to Health Records; 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-530-185
Healthcare Reimbursement
2
10-530-185 HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT...compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, comply with regulations for fraud and abuse. Assign Diagnosis Related Groups, Ambulatory Payment Classifications, and Resource Utilization Groups at entry-level. (Prerequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; Corequisites: 10-530-181, Intro to Health Records; 10-530-176, Health Data Management; 10-530-197, ICD Diagnosis Coding; 10-530-199, ICD Procedure Coding; 10-530-184, CPT Coding) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-530-195
Applied Coding
2
10-530-195 APPLIED CODING...assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation at intermediate level. Prepare appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines and assign codes to optimize appropriate reimbursement. (Prerequisites: 10-530-184, CPT Coding; 10-530-185, Healthcare Reimbursement; 10-530-197, ICD Diagnosis Coding; 10-530-199, ICD Procedure Coding) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-530-199
ICD Procedure Coding
2
10-530-199 ICD PROCEDURE CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Prerequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions; 10-530-181, Intro to Health Records) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
11
TOTAL CREDITS
27

Program Outcomes

• Collect health data.
• Apply coding and reimbursement systems.
• Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection.
• Model professional behavior and ethics.

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Board/Certification Examinations

Medical Coding Certification can be obtained after graduation through either the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Certification requires successful completion of a written examination.

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Note

• Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
• The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
• This technical diploma will take a minimum of four terms to complete.

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