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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.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning 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.

Allied Health Careers  

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 2: ICD-10-CM Coding Practice

ICD-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.

ICD-10-CM Coding Practice, Part 2  

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.

ICD-10-CM Coding Practice, Part 3  

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.

ICD-10-CM Coding Practice, Part 4  

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.

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Program Description

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.

Program Objectives

After completing the Advanced Medical Coding certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. 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
  2. Describe the purpose and impact of the Health Care Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and explain how professionals can learn about changes to the laws and regulations that affect them
  3. 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)
  4. Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process

The tools to grow your career

Our medical coding online course curriculum leads to a career certificate that can help launch a stable career in the field of healthcare. As an Ashworth College student and graduate, you always have access to our complete range of Career Tools so you can connect to the best employment opportunities available.

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