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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Medical Coding

Advanced Certificate (AC)

The Medical Coding Program-Advanced Certificate is intended to provide the student with the necessary education and hands-on skills required for entry-level positions as medical coders for a variety of healthcare settings.   

The students learn ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS Level II guidelines and apply them while coding various coding scenarios including inpatient records, outpatient visits, operative reports, and other healthcare records. The students utilize 3M encoder software in both basic and advanced coding courses in order to master their coding skills and smoothly transition to their entry-level healthcare careers. In addition, the students participate in the planned and supervised clinical affiliations in medical facilities. Our stackable degree path allows students to apply all credits earned in the Medical Billing-BC program to the Medical Coding-AC program. Upon the completion of the Medical Coding-AC, the students can then pursue a degree towards an Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.   

Job opportunities for medical coders include outpatient and inpatient coding positions, leader coder positions, and after gaining of a few years of experience supervisory and consulting positions.   

This program requires students to submit a separate application or take additional action before enrolling. You can learn more about the program and the application process here.

 

Details: Advanced Certificate (AC)

Credit Hours (CH)

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Program/Plan Number

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Prerequisites

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Program General Requirements

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Program Core Requirements

41 CH
Biology
BIOLOGY 116
Anatomy And Physiology 4
Laboratory studies in gross and microscopic mammalian anatomy. Lectures correlating human anatomy and physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the consent of Departments Chairperson. ARC: 3 times.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Health Information Technology
HIT 101
Foundations of HIT 3
Course examines sources of health information and their relationship with health agencies. Course discusses the healthcare delivery system in the United States, professional and trade associations related to healthcare, ethical obligations, cultural competence, and diversity in healthcare related to age, race, sexual orientation, education, work experience, geographic location, and disability. Content includes study of origin and purpose, content, order, analysis and use of medical records, methods of compiling, numbering, retrieving, and retention of health information. It introduces students to the electronic health information systems and electronic health record environment including standards, applications, and capabilities of the EHR. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into Health Information Technology (HIT) Program. Eligibility for English 101 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 102
Medical Billing 4
Course provides instructions in health records and insurance processing procedures, application of third party and managed care policies, procedures, guidelines, including obtaining referrals and pre-certifications. Various claim forms along with filing guidelines are introduced. Focus is on correlating health information with billing procedures in different healthcare settings. Course covers in-depth study of Medicare insurance system with emphasis on knowledge of terminology and guidelines involved in claim filing process. Topics also include understanding of Medicare reimbursement policies, appeal rights, and CMS current efforts to curtail healthcare fraud and abuse. Additionally, introductory information about other major insurance programs, reimbursement methodologies, and federal healthcare legislation programs will be provided. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 101
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 103
Basic ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding 3
Course covers the ICD-10-CM/PCS classification system required to organize medical information for retrieval and reporting. Focus is on both the ICD-10-CM disease classification system and ICD-10-PCS classification system. Work focuses on acquiring skills in coding diseases and procedures and abstracting medical data. Hands-on experience in coding case scenarios assignments. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 101
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 104
Basic CPT Coding 3
Course covers basic principles and guidelines of CPT coding in both hospital-based and ambulatory environments. Students develop skills in using CPT to report reimbursable services. Topics include the format of CPT and practice code assignment, ethical coding principles, encoding systems and software with practice applications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 101
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 105
Pharmacology for HIT Professionals 2
Course offers comprehensive coverage of pharmacology as it relates to clinical documentation in the health record. Content includes medical terminology, drug classifications, therapeutic use in diseases and conditions, adverse effects, and side effects. This course introduces the student to the basic skills that are performed by the medical assistant in the medical office. The course will emphasize the principles of pharmacology as they relate to medication administration in the medical office and clinic settings.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIT 100.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 108
Advanced ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding 3
Course covers the ICD-10-CM/PCS classification systems required to organize medical information for retrieval and reporting. Focus in on both the ICD-10CM disease classification system and ICD-10-PCS classification system. Work focuses on mastering skills in coding diseases and procedures and abstracting medical data. Hands-on experience in coding site-specific cases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIT 103
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 109
Advanced CPT Coding 3
Course covers principles and guidelines of CPT coding in both hospital-based and ambulatory environments. Students master coding skills in using CPT to report reimbursable services. Hands-on experience in coding site-specific cases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in BIOLOGY 116 and HIT 104.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 201
Fundamentals of Medical Science 3
Course provides introduction to medical science. Content includes study of nature and cause of disease, treatment and management of patients, and practical application of knowledge by health information management professional. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIT 100.
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 203
Reimbursement Methodologies 3
This course introduces terminology, rationale and methodology used by third-party payers to determine the reimbursement for health care providers. Proper completion of the 1500 billing form and legal issues related to reimbursement will be discussed, as well as the role health information management plays in the charge master maintenance, reimbursement monitoring, revenue cycle. An overview of hospital and nursing home billing systems including proper submission of UB-92 billing forms will also be covered. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in HIT 102
Offered at: Malcolm X
HIT 221
Professional Practice I 4
Course contains planned and supervised clinical experiences in medical facilities. Opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in admission and discharge procedures, health and vital statistics, coding and abstracting, physician incomplete records, medical transcription supervision, cancer registry, billing site and long term care facilities. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Concurrent enrollment in HIT 109 and HIT 203.
Offered at: Malcolm X

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