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Medical Coding Degree Program

AAS Medical Reimbursement & Coding

A Career With a Clean Bill of Health

The Medical Reimbursement and Coding (MRC) Program prepares students for entry level medical coding careers, working in every type of healthcare facility including doctor’s offices, surgery centers, hospitals and healthcare systems. Coding involves extraordinarily detailed-oriented work. The coder must carefully review the patient’s chart to understand the diagnosis and itemize each service provided with an accurate code as part of the reimbursement process.

This unique program allows students to select a track with course work for physician coding or hospital/inpatient coding depending on the area they wish to specialize. Students will study and practice coding based on current coding systems and new rules and regulations associated with healthcare reform.

The courses in the Medical Reimbursement and Coding AAS degree fulfill the criteria assessed in the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) or AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) certification exams. Students are encouraged to select a certification path, and prepare to take the rigorous exams associated with the various certification designations. Most employers recognize the designation as an indication of the coder’s skill and accuracy levels; therefore it offers medical coders an employment advantage to those without the designation.

Not available to students in OH

Skills You'll Learn
1 Become a member of a professional coding organization and participate in professional networking.
2 Create a medical practice compliance plan based on national standards, and have a thorough understanding of coding, documentation, and reimbursement ethics.
3 Define the professional goals, career paths, and practical strategies that will advance them in the healthcare field.
4 Demonstrate a professional-level understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.
5 Make career choices based on the area(s) of coding best suited for them.
Medical Reimbursement and Coding Physician Associate
Jobs in Medical Reimbursement & Coding
Benefits Analyst $32,350 avg. starting salary
Patient Assitant Representative $25,053 avg. starting salary
Source: Bryant & Stratton College
2011-12 Placement Report


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