Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

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Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Computer Applications and Business Systems
  • Career Development
  • Medical Terminology
  • ICD-CM Coding
  • Ambulatory Care Coding
  • ICD-PCS Coding
  • Medical Insurance and Billing
  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Information Law and Ethics
  • ICD-10 Coding Practicum
  • Anatomy and Pharmacology for Coders

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: CGS1240
Credits: 3


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job-seeking 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 in-depth 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


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.

Course ID: HSC1531
Credits: 4


This course provides in-depth study of the International Classification of Diseases-Clinical Modification (ICD-CM) using samples exercises and health records to develop skill and accuracy in assigning codes in various health 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 registries and indices.

Prerequisite: Anatomy and Pharmacology for Coders; Pathophysiology

Course ID: HIM1125
Credits: 4


The emphasis in this course is medical coding in an ambulatory care setting. Students will develop an understanding of HCPCS coding with an emphasis on CPT.

Prerequisite:ICD-10 Coding Practicum

Course ID: HIM1258C
Credits: 3


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 various health care settings. Students will apply ICD-PCS coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover procedural coding of all body systems. Use of coding and grouper software will be used as well as the use of registries and indices.

Prerequisite: ICD-CM Coding

Course ID: HIM1126C
Credits: 4


In this course students will receive an introduction to common 3rd party payers, insurance terminology, and medical billing. They will learn skills including claim forms preparation and processing, and electronic claim submission, and will review introductory medical coding. They will also examine plan options, payer requirements, state and federal regulations, and abstracting of source documents.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: HIM2272C
Credits: 3


Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MEA2203
Credits: 5


A study of the impact of the United States legal system and various healthcare regulations and ethics on the health information management environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, protected health information, release of information, and professional practice law and ethics will be explored.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HIM2410
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.

Pre or Co-requisite:Ambulatory Care Coding

Course ID: HIM2942
Credits: 1


This course provides an in-depth exploration of human anatomy and physiology as well as pharmacology to prepare students for coding. This course also provides a systematic approach to hospital inpatient and ambulatory care coding, emphasizing specific and correct coding procedures and techniques. Topics covered include: study of human cells and tissues; the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, genitourinary, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, sensory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, and endocrine systems of the body; most commonly prescribed drugs; and laboratory tests. The student will learn how to abstract key information from the health record to assist in improving physician documentation and to ensure all valid and accurate coding. Students will complete laboratory exercises coordinated with course content.

Prerequisite: Structure and Function of the Human Body; Medical Terminology

Course ID: HIM1110
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

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.

Course ID: PHA1500
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Practical Math

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate level texts.

Prerequisite:Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4


Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Credits

General Education Credits: 4

Major and Core Credits: 36

Total Certificate Credits: 40*

* 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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