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Medical Office Coding

Catalog Year 2014-2015

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Carole Wickham: 503-491-7195 - Room AC 2772

Medical Office Specialist
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Medical Coding is an important healthcare profession and is one of the few that does not require direct contact with patients. Coders may specialize by department or by disease depending on the type of employer. Coders will check medical charts for accuracy and completion, verify signatures, verify medical data in computers, clarify information or diagnosis by communicating with the provider, and assign the appropriate diagnosis and procedural codes. These codes are used for insurance and billing purposes.

Students completing this certificate can find employment in hospitals, insurance companies, doctor's offices, professional coding firms, nursing homes, medical group practices, home health agencies, medical clinics, and temporary agencies.

Students who complete this shorter term Medical Office Coding program can go to work and return at any time to complete the Medical Office Specialist AAS degree.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate the roles of the healthcare team, elements of successful leadership and problem-solving strategies
  • Discuss and use medical terminology
  • Discuss verbal and nonverbal communication, including gender differences, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and the elements of speaking and listening
  • Discuss the knowledge and skills required of a medical coder
  • Discuss the elements of billing and coding
  • Complete a professional resume
  • Explain job searches and correct interview techniques
  • Use specialized computer programs (EMR), and the Microsoft Office suite
First Quarter (Fall) Credits
MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team 4
MO114 Medical Terminology I1 3
MO135 Navigating the Use of Healthcare Documentation 3
MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM 3
AH130 Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology 1
CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I1 1
WR121 English Composition1,2 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
MO115 Medical Terminology II1 3
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio 1
MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding 4
MO240 Medical Office Billing I 3
MO250 Medical Law and Ethics 3
BI100 Survey of Body Systems or
a Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence1,2,3
Third Quarter (Spring)
MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures 4
MO123 Pharmacology for Medical Office Occupations 3
MO125 Disease Processes 3
MO212 Diversity and Healthcare 3
MO232 Medical Coding III - Evaluation and Management 3
MO241 Medical Office Billing II 3
Fourth Quarter (Summer)
MO242 Applied Billing and Coding 3
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,2,4 4
PSY201 General Psychology6 4
WE280MOCH Cooperative Education Internship5 8
Total Credits 75

Medical Office students are required to have a criminal background check and a current Tuberculin skin test (PPD) at the beginning of the MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team class. Medical Office students must document completion of the three-dose Hepatitis B vaccine series and complete a Measles Immunization Clearance Certificate for School Attendance form prior to beginning the externship placement process. Some externship sites may require further immunizations. See program director for site specific requirements.

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses.

1 Courses may be taken the summer prior to beginning the program.
2 See course descriptions for prerequisite.
3 Alternate selections are BI121 and BI122, or BI231 and BI232 and BI233, or equivalent Anatomy and Physiology sequence.
4A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
5 Any combination of WE280MOCD or WE280MOCH to total 8 credits. Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the correct course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.
6 WS101 as an alternate selection is highly recommended.

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