• Medical Office Specialist Billing and Coding Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    The Associate of Applied Science Medical Office Specialist Billing and Coding provides students with knowledge and practical experience in both billing and coding. Aspects of billing include management of healthcare billing processing, adjusting and resubmitting of claims, adherence to current healthcare industry regulations and policies, and compliance with insurance procedures and allotted benefit coverage. Aspects of coding include checking medical charts for accuracy and completion, verifying signatures, verifying medical data in computers, clarifying information or diagnosis by communicating with the provider, and assigning the appropriate diagnosis and procedural codes.

    Students wishing to work in both fields will be prepared to work in medical offices, public and private hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, government facilities, and nursing homes.

    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 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 knowledge and skills required of amedical biller
    • Discuss the elements of billing and coding
    • Complete a professional résumé
    • Explain job searches and correct interview techniques
    • Use specialized computer programs (EMR) and the Microsoft Office suite

    Medical Office Students are required to complete a criminal background check and provide documentation of immunizations prior to beginning an internship.* DO NOT COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK without first consulting with your program adviser.

    Immunizations required are:
    1) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), 2 vaccines or positive titers.
    2) Varicella, 2 vaccines or positive titer.
    3) Tuberculosis screening current within last 12 months.
    4) Hepatitis B series, 3 vaccines and follow up titer.
    5) Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), current within last 10 years.
    6) Seasonal Flu Shot.
    *Some internship sites may require further immunizations.

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

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology I1
    4
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I
    1
    MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
    3
    MO114 Medical Terminology I
    3
    MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I or
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II
    4-6
    15-17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI122 Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    4
    BT125 Microsoft Word Training
    3
    COMM115

    Introduction to Intercultural Communication

    4
    MO115 Medical Terminology II
    3
    MO140 Understanding Medical Insurance
    3
    17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures
    3
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation
    3
    MO141 Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance
    3
    WR121 English Composition1
    4
    13
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies
    3
    MO116 Medical Office Procedures
    4
    MO226 Pharmacology and Disease Processes for Medical Office Occupations
    4
    MO230 Medical Coding I: ICD-10-CM
    3
    14
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO231 Medical Coding II – Procedural
    4
    MO240 Medical Office Billing I
    3
    MO250 Medical Law and Ethics
    3
    PSY201 General Psychology
    4
    14
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    AC110 General Accounting I
    4
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio
    1
    MO232 Medical Coding III- Evaluation and Management
    3
    MO241 Medical Office Billing II
    3
    MO234 CPCA Review
    2
    13
    Seventh Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO242 Applied Billing and Coding
    3
    WE280MOBH

    Cooperative Education Internship

    8
    11
    Total Credits 97-99

    1 Classes may be taken the summer prior to beginning the program.
    2See course descriptions for prerequisite.
    See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.