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Medical Billing and Coding Program Curriculum

Our medical billing and coding program curriculum teaches you how to apply the correct coding to medical diagnoses and treatments for billing purposes. This is a specialized and practical skill needed by medical facilities everywhere in the U.S. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepped for the certification exam.

Orientation: Learning at Ashworth

Lesson: Learning at Ashworth 

This course covers 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

Lesson Group 1: Allied Health

Lesson: Introduction to Allied Health 

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health

Lesson: Law in Allied Health 

In this lesson, you’ll study how law affects medical offices, the origin of law that affects medical professionals, and some basics about the process of litigation and its alternatives. In addition, you’ll be exposed to the elements of a medical malpractice case, and learn how criminal law and torts are relevant to the health profession.


  • Describe civil and criminal law, sources of law, and the steps of litigation
  • Distinguish between liability, negligence, and malpractice in relation to healthcare
  • Determine medical malpractice and criminal charge defenses
Lesson: Ethics in Allied Health 

In this lesson, you’ll study contemporary medical issues, such as medical care access, experimentation, paternalism and autonomy, and organ transplants. You’ll review ethical issues related to reproductive rights, such as artificially-assisted reproduction, abortion, and genetic testing. Lastly, you’ll address the ethical issues regarding death, the right to die, and assisted suicide.


  • Identify the various ethical issues that healthcare professionals face
  • Examine contemporary medical ethical issues
  • Analyze ethical reproductive health issues
  • Recognize ethical end of life issues
Lesson: Confidentiality in Allied Health 

In this lesson, you’ll examine the common-law basis for the confidentiality of healthcare information and the laws regulating healthcare information collected and maintained by government agencies. You’ll also study the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which covers the circumstances under which health information may be released or disclosed. You’ll study how the management of medical information affects the management and measurement of quality in healthcare. Lastly, you’ll read about some special considerations for creating, maintaining, storing, and accessing electronic medical records.


  • Analyze the court's role in healthcare information and litigation
  • Examine patient's medical record requirements and common issues
  • Summarize the common-law basis for confidentiality
  • Apply privacy rules to patient information
  • Describe OSHA's safety rules
  • Identify special types of health information
  • Recognize special rules and social-policy issues of HIV patients
  • Evaluate risk management's effect on quality and electronic medical records

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Medical Billing & Coding Program Description

Students learn the fundamentals of medical billing and coding and are prepared to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam from the National Healthcareer Association, the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Program topics include medical terminology; insurance plans; medical ethics; HIPAA; diagnostic and procedural coding; coding compliance and auditing; physician and hospital billing; Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Students receive training on ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS code assignment.

NOTE: Ashworth covers the cost of the CBCS exam within the tuition. Candidates for the CBCS and CCA must be High School graduates. Additional requirements such as membership and applications can be found with each certifying agency. CBCS, CPC®, CCA®

Medical Billing & Coding learning objectives

After completing the Medical Billing and Coding 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 how to build a strong base of medical terminology and use this terminology to accurately identify and describe body planes, anatomical directions, and the major structures, functions, and pathologies of all body systems.
  3. Describe the purpose and impact of the Healthcare Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and explain how professionals can learn about changes to the laws and regulations that affect them.
  4. Compare and contrast the major types of government and commercial insurance health plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and Point-of-Service (POS) plans.
  5. Describe the typical billing guidelines for inpatient medical, inpatient/outpatient global surgery, medical/surgical, and minor surgical procedures.
  6. Summarize the life cycle of a typical insurance claim and explain the processing steps that must be completed before claims and other forms can be submitted to the insurance company.
  7. 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).
  8. Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process.

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