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Medical Coding and Billing, Associate in Applied Science (MCBA)

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Effective: Spring 2016

The Medical Coding and Billing A.A.S. Degree provides students with the skills necessary to function as Physician-Based Coders, Hospital Coders, or Medical Claims Reviewers. Today, there are many demands for coding specialists and accurately coded data from the medical record in all types of health care institutions. Coded data is used on claims for reimbursement, patient care management and healthcare evaluation and research. The curriculum includes medical terminology, human anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, administrative medical office management, electronic health records and CPT and ICD coding. An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or better in all Allied Health and Nursing (AHN) courses.


The graduate of this degree may take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Certification Exam offered by AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). After completing CCA exam and/or working in the field, students qualify to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based (CCS-P) exam offered by AHIMA.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functioning of the human body and of medical terms descriptive of body systems.
  • Describe the ethical and legal concepts of concern as they apply to reimbursement in health care and health information management.
  • Apply and identify appropriate coding systems as they pertain to the identification of diseases and procedures in medical practices and hospital settings.
  • Evaluate the revenue cycle management process.
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully complete the necessary health record documentation approved by private and government medical reimbursement systems.
  • Identify the routes of administration, indications, adverse effects and related laboratory studies for commonly used medications.
  • Explain the disease process and concepts of pain assessment and management.
  • Compare and contrast coding specialties to determine similarities and differences of the different body systems.
  • Create a portfolio to demonstrate professional skills to enhance marketability for employment.
  • Verify documentation in the health record is timely, complete and accurate.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines throughout the continuum of healthcare.
  • Identify and use secondary data sources.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
AHM 233 Medical Terminology 3
AHM 104 Body Structure and Function I 1 3
AHM 105 Body Structure and Function II 1 3
AHM 220 Applied Microbiology 1
AHM 102 Introduction to Health Care 3
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
Second Semester
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
AHM 231 Introduction to CPT Coding 3
AHM 208 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 4
AHA 207 Ethical/Legal Aspects of Health Care Management 3
MAT 120
Modern College Mathematics
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Third Semester
AHM 202 Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Science 3
AHM 140 Professional and Communication Issues in Health Care 3
AHM 232 Advanced CPT Coding 3
AHM 239 Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding 3
Any Oral Communication designated course 3
Fourth Semester
AHM 240 Hospital Coding and Case Studies 3
AHM 241 Revenue Cycle Management and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
Any Global Understanding designated Humanities course 3
Fifth Semester
AHM 242 Virtual Professional Practice Experience Capstone Course 3
 Total Hours62

BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology II may be taken in place of AHM 104 and AHM 105.


Oral Communication designated courses

Global Understanding designated courses

HYBRID DEGREE (online* and classroom)

66% online

The following courses may not be available online:

Classroom Only
AHM 220Applied Microbiology1
AHM 231Introduction to CPT Coding3
AHM 202Fundamentals of Health Information Technology Science3
AHM 232Advanced CPT Coding3
AHM 239Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding3
AHM 240Hospital Coding and Case Studies3
AHM 242Virtual Professional Practice Experience Capstone Course3

Some online courses have field requirements or in person/proctored testing.  Online courses with these requirements have additional information posted under the COURSE DESCRIPTION section when you are registering.  Please make a note of it during registration.