Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding & Billing Specialist

This program is no longer accepting new students and/or re-entering students into the program.
Delivery Method: On-Ground and Online Modality
Campus: Rockford, IL Only

This comprehensive program prepares individuals to take an active role in the coding and reimbursement process for services performed by the physician and non-physician practitioners. Students receive training in medical billing processes, patient account management, diagnosis and procedure coding, and medical insurance claim completion and processing. This program focuses on coding and insurance procedures for the medical office and the hospital. In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a medical billing and coding related positions.

Program Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills learned in the program to insurance and billing practices.
  2. Explain insurance benefits to patients and clients.
  3. Prepare and process insurance and billing documentation and forms used by health care providers.
  4. Use proper reimbursement practices.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency with ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS coding.
  6. Describe medical terminology and procedures related to all aspects of the health care community.
  7. Abstract and analyze documentation and its use in accurate coding procedures.
  8. Demonstrate the appropriate work ethic to be able to work with minimal supervision as well as show confidence in their ability to deal with others on a professional level.
  9. Apply the skills learned in the program to function as a professional, including customer service, interpersonal communication, written and verbal communication, telephone etiquette and patient confidentiality.
  10. Demonstrate the skills needed for effective time management.

Course Code

Course Title

 

Contact Hours

Quarter
Credit
Hours 

 

Concentration Requirements

 

 

 

BUS107

College & Career Success Skills

 

40

4.0

CIT110

Information Management Systems

 

40

3.0

MCB100

ICD Diagnosis Coding

 

50

4.0

MCB105

Basic CPT Coding

 

50

4.0

MCB110

Medical Insurance & Billing

 

50

4.0

MCB115

Specialty Procedural Coding

 

50

4.0

MCB200

Hospital & Facility Coding

 

50

4.0

MCB205

Hospital & Facility Billing

 

50

4.0

MCB210

Health Claims Analysis

 

40

4.0

MCB220

Reimbursement Methodologies

 

50

4.0

MCB290

Coding & Billing Externship

 

180

6.0

MED100 

Medical Terminology I

 

40

4.0

MED110

Anatomy & Physiology I

 

40

4.0

MED115

Anatomy & Physiology II

 

40

4.0

MED120

Medical Law & Ethics

 

40

4.0

MED130

Diseases & Disorders

 

40

4.0

MED200

Pharmacology

 

40

4.0

MED235

Advanced Coding & Insurance

 

50

4.0

MED250

Medical Computer Applications

 

40

3.0

 

 

Total

980

76.0

 

General Education Requirements

 

 

 

GEN101

Speech

 

40

4.0

GEN102

Psychology

 

40

4.0

GEN104

College English

 

40

4.0

GEN106

Culture & Diversity

 

40

4.0

GEN107

Written Communications

 

40

4.0

 

Total

200

20.0

 

Grand Total

1,180

96.0

Gainful Employment Disclosure