• Health Care Program Course Descriptions

    Medical Insurance Coding Specialist Trianing Program

    What is a Medical Coder?
    Every time a patient receives health care, a record is maintained of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes.
    This record includes information that the patient provides concerning his or her symptoms and medical history, the results of examinations, reports of x-rays and laboratory tests, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Medical records and health information technicians organize and evaluate these records for completeness and accuracy.

    Some medical records and health information technicians specialize in coding patients’ medical information for insurance purposes. Technicians who specialize in coding are called coding specialists. These technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure. Coding Specialists primarily use two major coding systems: the ICD-9-CM classifies diagnoses and the CPT classifies procedures. The numbers used in coding are contained in manuals the specialists consult. Coding specialists must use judgment when choosing the correct code to assign. They consult their classification manuals and also rely on their knowledge of disease processes. Another system of classification is called the diagnosis-related group or DRG. Technicians use this computer software to assign the patient to one of several hundred diagnosis-related groups. The DRG determines the amount for which the hospital will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare or other insurance programs using the DRG system.

    Delivering quality healthcare depends on capturing accurate and timely medical data. Medical coding professionals fulfill this need as key players in the healthcare workplace. Coding Specialists enjoy an exciting, challenging career that is essential to patient care in medical offices and clinics.

    The objective of the Coding Specialist program is to equip students with the skills for all aspects of the medical insurance coding field. Students will learn how to use these skills via classroom and hands-on training. Students will be qualified for entry-level employment in hospitals, medical centers, group medical practices, clinics, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs).


    Required Courses     Days/Times    
    HITT 1005 Medical Terminology    M/W, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
    HPRS 2021 Medical Law and Ethics    T/TH, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
    HITT 1013 Insurance Coding: CPT      M/W, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m 
    HITT 1041 Insurance Coding: ICD-9CM   T/TH, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 


    ~Check semester schedule for course start dates~

    Course Descriptions
    HITT 1005: Medical Terminology
    Study of word origin and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations and symbols, surgical procedures, medical specialties, and diagnostic procedures.

    HPRS 2021: Medical Law and Ethics for Health Professionals
    Principles, procedures, and regulations governing the legal and ethical relationships among physicians, patients, and health care professionals.  Includes current ethical issues related to the various health care professions and patient confidentiality.

    HITT 1013: Insurance Coding - CPT
    Provides the skills and knowledge in the health information field for ICD-9 and CPT coding of insurance forms for reimbursement of medical services. Prerequisites:  HITT 1005 and HPRS 2021 or documentation verifying strong medical background. 

    HITT 1041: Insurance Coding - ICD-9CM
    Involves the application of basic coding rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions of the ICD-9CM coding system. Students will identify different nomenclatures and classification systems and assign codes using appropriate rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions. Prerequisites:  HITT 1005 and HPRS 2021 or documentation verifying strong medical background.