Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

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Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Medical Terminology
  • Coding Foundations
  • Health Information Law and Ethics
  • Revenue Cycle and Billing
  • ICD-CM Coding
  • ICD-PCS Coding
  • Ambulatory Care Coding
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information
  • ICD-10 Coding Practicum
  • Career Development

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: HSC 1531
Credits: 4


This course provides the foundational aspects of the health information field along with coding and billing for inpatient, outpatient, and physicians settings. The focus will be on learning to use all of the code books and the encoder software along with coding guidelines and standards to insure a student is prepared to learn how to code accurately and develop coding skills.

Pre- or Co-requisites:Medical Terminology; Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: HIM 1103
Credits: 4


This course is an introduction to the study and impact of the United States legal system and healthcare laws, regulations and ethical consideration on the health information environment.  Topics covered will be healthcare law, fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, protected health information, release of information, fraud and abuse and professional practice law and ethics will be explored. Students will learn to identify potential ethical dilemmas in health information management and how to respond in a professional and ethical manner.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HIM 2410
Credits: 4


This course will  prepare the student to understand the components of the revenue cycle and their interconnectivity.  Students will be introduced to common third party payers, insurance terminology, and medical billing.  Plan options, payer requirements and  state and federal regulations relating to the revenue cycle will be examined.  They will learn skills including claim form preparation and processing, and electronic claim submission and the management of these revenue cycle processes.  The focus will be on accuracy of data collected and data processed for proper and timely payment.  

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: HIM 2133
Credits: 4


This course provides indepth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Clinical Modification (ICD-CM) using sample exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in inpatient, outpatient, and physician care settings. Students will apply ICD-CM coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover diagnostic coding of all body systems. Use of coding and grouper software will be introduced as well as the use of registries and indices.

Prerequisite:Coding Foundations

Pre- or Co-requisites:Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information

Course ID: HIM 1125
Credits: 4


This course provides in depth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Procedure Coding System (ICD-PCS) using sample exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in the inpatient setting. Students will apply ICD 10-PCS coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover inpatient procedural coding of all body systems. Use of the coding and grouper software will be introduced.

Prerequisite:Coding Foundations

Pre- or Co-requisite:Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information

Course ID: HIM 1126C
Credits: 4


This course is the study of physician and outpatient coding systems including CPT/HCPCS. Topics covered include coding and reimbursement practices in outpatient settings. This course will prepare students to use CPT/HCPCS coding systems, including Encoders, in various healthcare settings.

Prerequisite:Coding Foundations

Pre- or Co-requisite:Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information

Course ID: HIM 1258C
Credits: 3


This course provides an exploration of human pathophysiology as well as pharmacology to prepare students for careers in health information. Students will learn concepts and terminology related to the structure, nature and causes of diseases and disorders of the human body. Additionally, students will learn about the diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic application of drugs and procedures used in treatment. Finally, the student will practice identification of key information from the health record related to the diagnosis and treatment of disease in order to support the correct management and coding of a medical record.

Pre- or Co-requisite:Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: HIM 2214
Credits: 4


This course offers a simulated practical experience utilizing medical records and coding software in an online setting under the direction of a coding instructor.

Prerequisite:Ambulatory Care Coding; ICD-CM Coding

Pre- or Co-requisite: ICD-PCS Coding

Course ID: HIM 2942
Credits: 1


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

Lower Division

Math/Natural Sciences (Required Course)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: PHA 1500
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Credits

General Education Credits: 4

Major and Core Credits: 34

TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDITS: 38*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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