• Medical Office Specialist Billing and Coding Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    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 have a criminal background check (Health Professions CBC) 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.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
    4
    MO114 Medical Terminology I
    3
    MO140 Understanding Medical Insurance
    3
    WR121 English Composition1
    4
    14
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BT116 Communication Technologies
    3
    BT220 Electronic Calculator and 10-Key Operations
    1
    MO115 Medical Terminology II
    3
    MO116 Medical Office Procedures
    4
    MO212 Diversity and Healthcare
    3
    14
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI100 Survey of Body Systems
    or BI101 General Biology3
    4
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I
    1
    MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures
    3
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation
    3
    MO141 Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance
    3
    14
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1,2
    4
    MO226 Pharmacology and Disease Processes for Medical Office Occupations
    4
    MO230 Medical Coding I: ICD-10-CM
    3
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,3
    4
    15
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI122 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II2
    4
    MO231 Medical Coding II – Procedural
    4
    MO240 Medical Office Billing I
    3
    MO250 Medical Law and Ethics
    3
    14
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    AC110 General Accounting I
    4
    HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies
    3
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio
    1
    MO232 Medical Coding III- Evaluation and Management
    3
    MO241 Medical Office Billing II
    3
    MO226 Pharmacology and Disease Processes for Medical Office Occupations
    4
    WS101 Introduction to Women’s Studies
    or PSY201 General Psychology
    3-4
    17-18
    Seventh Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO242 Applied Billing and Coding
    3
    WE280MOBH

    Cooperative Education Internship4

    8
    WE280MOCH Cooperative Education Internship4
    8
    19
    Total Credits 107-108

    1 See course descriptions for prerequisite.
    2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    3 Students can choose BI101A, BI101B or BI101C
    4 Instructor and dean permission is required

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.