Medical coding online course curriculum
Our medical coding course curriculum gives you extensive practice using professional, cloud-based software, and reference manuals to assign codes according to ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT/HCPCS coding systems. This experience gives you real-world skills increasingly demanded in healthcare settings.
Orientation: Ashworth College Career ProgramLearning at Ashworth
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.
Lesson Group 1: ICD-10-CM Coding PracticeICD-10-CM Coding Practice, Part 1
Introduction to ICD-10-CM; guidelines and conventions; neoplasms; symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings; factors influencing health status and contact with health services; external causes of morbidity.
Diseases of the digestive system; endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases; diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissues; diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue; injury, poisoning, and certain other consequences of external causes.
Diseases of the circulatory system; diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs; diseases of the respiratory system; diseases of the nervous system and sense organs; mental, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders; diseases of the eye and adnexa; diseases of the ear and mastoid process.
Infectious and parasitic diseases; diseases of the genitourinary system; pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium; conditions originating in the perinatal period; congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities.
Students learn the essential skills needed for abstracting, assigning, and arranging diagnosis and procedure codes using industry-standard coding manuals. Program topics include ICD-10-CM coding; CPT/HCPCS coding, including the assignment of modifiers and evaluation and management (E/M) codes; and ICD-10-PCS procedure coding. Students receive thorough instruction on the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGCR) and CPT Guidelines as they relate to each subspecialty.
After completing the Advanced Medical Coding certificate program, students will be able to:
- Outline the typical responsibilities of a medical biller/coder, describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession, and describe the career opportunities available to appropriately trained personnel
- Describe the purpose and impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and explain how professionals can learn about changes to the laws and regulations that affect them
- Explain the purpose of medical coding and accurately code diagnoses and procedures using industry-standard coding systems published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Medical Association (AMA)
- Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process
Keying up for career growth
You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Advanced Medical Coding Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth EDGE are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth EDGE whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.