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Health Information Technology

MEDICAL CODING SPECIALIST

Certificate

The Medical Coding program balances knowledge of medical science, technical skills, and practical experience with assessment and evaluation by instructors. Medical coding specialists organize and evaluate patients' records for completeness and accuracy. They ensure that all forms are present and properly identified and signed. Sometimes, they talk to physicians or others to clarify diagnoses or get additional information. Technicians may then use a software program to assign the patient to one of several hundred "diagnosis-related groups", which determine the amount of health insurance reimbursement. Medical coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, mental health care facilities, nursing homes, and insurance companies. You must satisfactorily complete prerequisite classes before enrolling in any Health Sciences program. Health Sciences program enrollment is limited, so you must apply for admission. You can learn more about Medical Coding prerequisites, admission procedures, and deadlines by registering for a program information session through the Health Sciences Information and Admissions Office, (512) 223-5700.

Students accepted into the program are required to have a physical examination, provide documentation of immunizations, varicella, and must verify tuberculosis status.

In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, criminal background checks and drug screenings for all Health Sciences students are now required as part of the admissions process.

Program changes may not be reflected in the current ACC Catalog publication. Please access the most up to date information on the program's web page at www.austincc.edu/health/ or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.

  Prerequisites Credit Hours
    HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
    HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
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  10
  Semester I
  HITT 1213 Insurance Coding 2
  HITT 1349 Pharmacology 3
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  5
  Semester II
  HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
  HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology 3
  HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
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  9
  Semester III
  HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
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  3
  Semester IV
  +#  HITT 1260 Clinical - Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
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  2
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  TOTALS 29

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  #Capstone course
  1Must be completed within the last five years.