Medical Billing and Coding, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park and Online

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical code practitioners. Students will learn how to classify medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting.  The coding practitioner will review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure according to the industry standard classification system.  Students will possess expertise in the International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding systems. Students will also gain preparation for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certifications. This program is approved by the Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP).

A background check and drug screen test are required for all healthcare professions. Students will be required to complete both the background check and drug screen test prior to enrollment in HIT:102. See Health Information Technology Handbook for additional information.

Students are required to complete all Foundation Courses prior to moving forward to the Area of Concentration courses for the Medical Billing and Coding Program

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Foundation Courses
HIT 101Medical Terminology4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
HIT 104Basic Principles of Disease2
HIT 105Pharmacology for Health Information Technology Professionals1
IS 116Computer Literacy3
Area of Concentration
HIT 102Health Information Management Technology4
HIT 103Healthcare Delivery Systems2
HIT 106Diagnosis Coding Systems I3
HIT 107Procedure Coding Systems I3
HIT 201Healthcare Reimbursement3
HIT 206Diagnosis Coding Systems II3
HIT 207Procedure Coding Systems II3
HIT 208Advanced Coding Applications2
HIT 210Professional Practice Experience2
Information Systems
IS 123Introduction to Windows1
IS 151Computer Applications in Business4
Total Credit Hours48

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New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.
IS 123 Introduction to Windows1
IS 116 Computer Literacy3Reading Proficiency.
HIT 101 Medical Terminology4Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
HIT 104 Basic Principles of Disease2BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, and Reading Proficiency.May take BIO 208 concurrently; Contact IS department for prerequisite BIO 208 override; Offered Fall and Spring only
HIT 105 Pharmacology for Health Information Technology Professionals1BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.May take BIO 208 concurrently; Contact IS department for prerequisite BIO 208 override; Offered Fall and Spring only
HIT 102 Health Information Management Technology4HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall and Spring only
IS 151 Computer Applications in Business4IS 122 or IS 123 or IT 102 or equivalent experience.
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 106 Diagnosis Coding Systems I3BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, HIT 104, HIT 105 and Reading Proficiency.Take HIT 106 and HIT 107 in the same semester
HIT 107 Procedure Coding Systems I3BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, HIT 104, HIT 105 and Reading Proficiency.Take HIT 106 and HIT 107 in the same semester
Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 103 Healthcare Delivery Systems2HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall and Spring only
HIT 206 Diagnosis Coding Systems II3HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall and Spring only; Take HIT 206 and HIT 207 in the same semester
HIT 207 Procedure Coding Systems II3HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Fall and Spring only; Take HIT 206 and HIT 207 in the same semester
Credit Hours8
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HIT 201 Healthcare Reimbursement3HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency.Offered Spring only
HIT 208 Advanced Coding Applications2Permission from department chair or program coordinator, HIT 206, HIT 207, and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation; Prepare for certification exam; Take HIT 208 and HIT 210 in the same semester
HIT 210 Professional Practice Experience2Concurrent enrollment in HIT 208 or HIT 291, permission of department chairperson or program coordinator and Reading Proficiency.Take HIT 208 and HIT 210 in the same semester
Credit Hours7
Total Credit Hours48

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