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Program Details

Metropolitan Community College offers a Health Information Management Systems-Medical Coding and Billing Option program that awards the Associate in Applied Science Degree. The degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as a coding or billing specialist within a healthcare organization or medical facility. Students may expand their knowledge and expertise within a variety of subjects within the healthcare and technology fields.

The program requires completion of 97 credit hours in order to graduate. The credit hours are divided into 27 general education, 49 major requirement, and 21 option requirement credits. Students may customize their course of study by completing multiple options within this program.

MCC provides students with General Education courses that deliver the essential fundamentals and a strong background within a broad range of subjects.  These courses are designed to develop perspectives and problem-solving techniques that will be implemented in the real world. The general education credits are further divided into 9 communication, 4.5 social science, 4.5 quantitative, and 9 other credits.

The major requirement courses at MCC have been developed to strengthen the student’s career skills and knowledge required to transfer to a four-year institutions. Students will need to complete 11 required courses for a total of 49 credit hours. These courses will educate students within the field of Health Information Management Systems. Some of the topics within the major courses are careers in healthcare, healthcare issues, HIPAA regulations, electronic health record technology, and basic coding procedures.

The Medical Coding and Billing option credits will be acquired through five courses. The option courses are Disease Processes, Introduction to Insurance, Fundamentals of Pharmacology, Coding & Billing I, and Coding & Billing II. These courses provide a specialized education for students with specific career interests within the Health Information Management Systems field.

The Medical Coding and Billing courses at MCC list a variety of educational goals for students within the program.  Students should be able to perform skills such as correctly code diagnoses in a physicians office, perform coding skills using patient health records, utilize the HCPCS coding system, and apply billing principles to patient records. Course topics include: disease etiology, diagnostic evaluation procedures, bacteriology, reimbursement methodologies, and pharmokinetics.

Accreditation & Licensing

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