Program Overview

Alexandria Technical and Community College currently offers a Medical Coding Specialist diploma.  This course prepares students for work in medical and other health-care offices as a medical coder, where not only administrative knowledge is important but specialist training in medical coding is vital as well.  In this program students will learn about the many aspects important in the health care system in regards to medical coding; this includes: basic administrative functions as well as medical terminology, information systems, health information, and other aspects.

The course requires 50 credits and can be completed within four semesters plus a summer internship.    Courses during the first year include Human Anatomy and Physiology, Electronic Health Records, Applied Medical Terminology, and Medical Reception.  Courses during the second year include Basic Pathology, ICD Coding, and Medico-legal and Reimbursement Issues.  Finally, students must complete an internship during the fifth semester to complete their degree.  

Medical coding, or medical classification, is the process of transcribing medical diagnoses and procedures descriptions into universal medical code numbers.  Diagnoses and procedures can be taken from several sources within the medical system such as laboratory results, transcriptions of physician’s notes, and radiologic results.  Diagnosis codes track diseases and health conditions.  These codes are used by various health institutions such as insurance companies, workers’ compensation carriers, government agencies, and others.  Use of the codes are necessary for reimbursement, statistical analysis of diseases, decision support systems, and epidemic or pandemic breakout surveillances.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System

    Requirements

    Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

    School Overview

    Alexandria Technical and Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Alexandria, Minnesota, and gives students the opportunity to pursue more than 50 programs of study. Students can complete programs ranging from Associate’s degrees in Business and Accounting to furthering skill sets in Mechatronics and Design & Engineering Technology. Additionally, students can enroll in Associate’s degree programs targeting General Education or follow more specific career paths.

    Alexandria Technical and Community College understands that busy lifestyles and nontraditional students require greater flexibility. Therefore, online opportunities provide a solution. Online coursework retains high academic standards. Students have access to individualized attention through personal advocates and the college also provides ongoing technical support. An online self-assessment allows students to test readiness for online learning.

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