Do you aspire to be an integral part of the healthcare field? Our program has partnered with the American Academy of Professional Coders™ (AAPC) to become a professional medical coding educational site – a gold standard organization – which will help distinguish you as a qualified candidate looking to enter this rapidly growing field.
This program will train you to successfully serve as the communication liaison between physician offices, patients, and insurance companies while translating and assigning universally recognized codes to patient illnesses, injuries, and medical procedures. It also includes lecture and hands-on instruction teaching you ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding guidelines and conventions, outpatient and physician office, and HCPCS level II index coding. Additionally, you will learn CPT coding, with emphasis on evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgery, radiology, pathology and laboratory, and medicine coding.
This certificate program will assist you in preparing for the American Academy of Professional Coders™ Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam. This program focuses solely on physician office coding.
- Explain or recall various key medical roots, suffixes and prefixes.
- Describe the operations of a medical practice and a career as a coder.
- Explain and interpret ICD-10-CM/PCS coding conventions to assign codes accurately.
- Interpret inpatient diagnosis and procedure coding and reporting guidelines.
- Explain differences among acute care inpatient settings, outpatient, and physician office health care settings.
- Assign HCPCS level II procedure and services codes for outpatient care.
- Interpret CPT guidelines, coding notes, and modifiers to assign codes accurately for all sections and subsections.
- Identify examples of third-party payers and define each health care reimbursement system.
This program is a very intensive, fast-paced course. Students wishing to take it should already be well-versed in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. For students who do NOT have 2+ years of experience in a medical setting, you are strongly encouraged to take:
Student success is our priority. For this reason, we highly encourage students who do not have experience in a medical setting to take one of the two prerequisite paths.