Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2016–2017 84 Diploma Two Semesters Medical Coding—Online Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems books and software. The classification system often determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed. Coders may use several coding systems in a variety of healthcare settings. As a student in the medical coding program, you will learn the necessary skills to apply codes, submit bills, and communicate with other healthcare professionals. Upon completion of the diploma program, the student will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate certification examination through the American Health Information Management Association to receive the CCA credential. The demand for medical coders is expected to grow and job prospects should be very good according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To graduate from this program, you must receive a “C” or better in all courses with the “HIT”, “HSC”, or “MAP” course prefix. All of these diploma credits can be applied to the completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. _F_a_ll_ s_e_m__e_s_te_r_________________________________________1_8_ Course # Title Credits HSC113-E Medical Terminology 2 BIO165-A Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 BIO167-A Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1 HIT370-C Health Records in Acute Care 3 CSC110-A Introduction to Computers 3 Elective Communications* 3 HIT250-E Coding I 3 _S_p_ri_n_g_ _S_e_m__e_s_te_r______________________________________1_6_ BIO170-A Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 BIO172-A Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1 BIO198-E Introduction to Pathology 3 HIT251-E Coding II 3 HIT252-E Coding III 3 HIT290-C Reimbursement Methods 3 or _M_A_P_1_4_1_-_A______M__e_d_ic_a_l _I_n_su_r_a_n_c_e_________________________3_ *You may select any math or communications course with an A, C, or E suffix. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.nwicc.edu/compliance.
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