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Administrative Office Technology - Medical with Coding & Reimbursement Electives, AAS

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NOTICE - Program not accepting new students beginning Spring 2019

Program Start Date: Fall term
Minimum Program Length: 64 academic weeks; 5 terms (Night only); 64 credits
Curriculum Code: 35007

Program Description

Administrative Office Technology - Medical with Coding & Reimbursement Electives are prepared for entry-level positions in medical coding and billing. Medical coding is the transformation of the narrative descriptions of diseases, injuries, and health care procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations (code numbers.) Common uses for medical codes in health care include: performing insurance verification; preauthorization and referral procedures; applying insurance carrier-specific guidelines for processing insurance claims; and selection of the most accurate and specific diagnostic and procedural codes.

Practical Experience

Students use up-to-date microcomputer hardware and software similar to that used in the medical industry. Projects simulate actual applications in today’s offices. Students develop effective communication, team-building and problem-solving skills. They gain practical experience in a local medical office through a scheduled internship.

Professional Opportunities

Medical records assistant, medical office assistant, medical administrative assistant, insurance and billing specialist and patient records clerk.

Unique Aspects

AHS 102  and AHS 104  completion may not be more than 3 years old for students at the time of curriculum entry.

Keyboarding skills are required for students entering ALL administrative office technology programs (degrees and certificates.) AOT 105 - Keyboarding  is required to be taken the first semester the student is enrolled.

Students in the AOT-Medical (AOT-M) and AOT-Medical with Coding and Reimbursement Electives (AOT-MC) programs must complete a criminal background investigation (CBI) at their expense prior to participating in any internship/clinical/co-op experience. Clinical/co-op facilities will determine the eligibility of the student to participate at their site and may exercise discretion regarding convictions more than 10 years ago or convictions that indicate a pattern of criminal behavior. Students in the AOT-M and AOT-MC programs must also complete a drug screen at their expense prior to participating in any internship/clinical/co-op experience.

Students who do not pass the drug screen or do not meet the employers CBI standards will be immediately withdrawn from the program. The CBI and drug screening will be initiated by the program faculty after the student has been accepted into the program but prior to beginning any clinical experience.

Students in the AOT-Medical (AOT-M) and AOT-MC programs should be aware that additional costs will be incurred for uniforms, immunizations and CPR certification.

EEDA Career Cluster:

Health Science

Course Requirements

Total Credits: 64

Semester Display

Third Semester

Fifth Semester

Total Credits: 64

**A grade of “C” or better is required.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate office equipment proficiency. 
  2. Apply appropriate CPT codes to patient services.
  3. Classify ICD-10-CM codes to the highest level of specificity.
  4. Explain different reimbursement methodologies.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in solving real-world coding scenarios.
  6. Perform administrative accounting functions.

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