At a Glance:

Floyd: Gina Stephens
Gina Stephens, Assistant Dean of Business, Program Director & Instructor of Business
Office: J140
Phone: 706-295-6513
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Business Administrative Technologies
Walker: Susan Bowman
Susan Bowman, Health Information Technology Instructor
Office: 6112C
Phone: 706-764-3537
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Health Information Technology

Medical Coding (MC41)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Walker County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Medical Coding Technical Certificate of Credit provides a basic short-term academic credential with potential for future program credit. The curriculum provides advanced training in coding skills for persons wanting to progress in their occupations or who want to prepare for full-time or part-time employment in the medical field. The Medical Coding Technical Certificate of Credit program provides basic training in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and medical procedural and physicians procedural coding skills.

Gainful Employment Information

Entrance Requirements

Education: High School diploma or GED is not required.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (24 hours)
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
Reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents. Topics include: reinforcing correct keyboarding technique, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, and work area management.
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted inlcuding: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.
Provides an introduction to medical billing and coding skills with applications of international coding standards for billing of health care services. Topics include: International Classification of Diseases, code book formats, guidelines and conventions, and coding techniques.
Continues development of skills and knowledge presented in MAST 1510: Medical Billing and Coding I and provides for patient disease and medical procedure coding for billing purposes by health care facilities. Topics include: medical records coding techniques; coding linkage and compliance; third-party reimbursement issues; and ethics in coding including fraud and abuse.
Provides the knowledge and skills to apply the coding of procedures for billing purposes using the Physicians Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual. Topics include: format of CPT manual, CPT manual coding guidelines, and coding using the CPT manual.