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
Cost of Attendance. For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.
Program Career and Salary Information. Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.
The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.
Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to:
- utilize advanced skills in classifying medical data from patient records, often in a hospital setting but also in a variety of other healthcare settings.
- create coded data used by hospitals and medical providers to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
- demonstrate tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency.
- apply the official coding guidelines.
- assess the quality of coded data.
- use encoder, grouping, and computer-assisted-coding software, as well as other specialized coding technologies.
- conduct coding audits.
- formulate compliant physician query.
- explain the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Coding.
|HIT 101||Medical Terminology and Language||4|
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)||4|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|HIT 104||Basic Principles of Disease||2|
|HIT 105||Pharmacology for Health Information Technology Professionals||1|
|IS 116||Computer Literacy||3|
|Area of Concentration|
|HIT 102||Health Information Management Technology||4|
|HIT 103||Healthcare Delivery Systems||2|
|HIT 106||Diagnosis Coding Systems I||3|
|HIT 107||Procedure Coding Systems I||3|
|HIT 201||Healthcare Reimbursement||3|
|HIT 206||Diagnosis Coding Systems II||3|
|HIT 207||Procedure Coding Systems II||3|
|HIT 208||Advanced Coding Applications||2|
|HIT 210||Professional Practice Experience||2|
|IS 123||Introduction to Windows||1|
|IS 151||Computer Applications in Business||4|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
PLEASE NOTE: If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2021, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements. Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.
|BIO 207||Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)||4||BIO 111 or CHM 101 with grade of "C", or course equivalency, and Reading Proficiency|
|IS 123||Introduction to Windows||1|
|IS 116||Computer Literacy||3||Reading Proficiency|
|HIT 101||Medical Terminology and Language||4||Reading Proficiency|
|BIO 208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4||BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency|
|HIT 104||Basic Principles of Disease||2||BIO 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 Professionals||1||BIO 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 Technology||4||HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency||Offered Fall and Spring only|
|IS 151||Computer Applications in Business||4||IS 122 or IS 123 or IT 102 or equivalent experience|
|HIT 106||Diagnosis Coding Systems I||3||BIO 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 I||3||BIO 207, BIO 208, HIT 101, HIT 104, HIT 105 and Reading Proficiency||Take HIT 106 and HIT 107 in the same semester|
|HIT 103||Healthcare Delivery Systems||2||HIT 101 and Reading Proficiency||Offered Fall and Spring only|
|HIT 206||Diagnosis Coding Systems II||3||HIT 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 II||3||HIT 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 201||Healthcare Reimbursement||3||HIT 102, HIT 103, HIT 106, HIT 107 and Reading Proficiency||Offered Spring only|
|HIT 208||Advanced Coding Applications||2||Permission 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 Experience||2||Concurrent 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|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
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*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.