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Medical Coding, AAS

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Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into alphanumeric designations. Reimbursement of hospital and physical claims for patients depends entirely on the assignment of codes. This profession requires attention to detail, knowledge of medical terms, knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and an understanding of how diseases progress. It is also critical that a medical coder understand HIPPA regulations and how it applies to their scope of practice and their role in the revenue cycle. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate the professional work habits expected in the medical coding profession including confidentiality and ethical practices;
  • Apply medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease process knowledge to seek the appropriate code;
  • Complete insurance forms (HCFA) using ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing;
  • Abstract code data from medical records; and
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills. 

Required Courses

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 64

RIndicates Related Instruction requirement.

*Indicates prerequisite or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Recommended Course Offering:

Students receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits should check with the Financial Aid Office before registering for recommended courses.

Program Information

  • An internship is an option for this program.
  • Students must apply for placements for this program the prior semester. For more information, contact Cathy Allard, Career Advisor, at (406) 756-3808 or callard@fvcc.edu.
  • Students in the Medical Coding program must earn a “C-” or better in AHMS 210  to receive this degree.
  • All courses within this program must be taken for a letter grade. No courses may be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.
  • Students who complete this program should be prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination.
  • Some classes may only be offered online.

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Rapid growth in the health services industry as a whole and the expansion of the medical community in the area should fuel growth within this occupation. 
  • Students are encouraged to take the CCA / CCS or AAPC Exams.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities may be available for this program.  See the Faculty Advisor for more information.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact an advisor.

Academic Advisor Faculty Advisor
Jori Bullemer Brenda Rudolph, M.B.A.
LRC 129 BSS 106
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-3858
jbullemer@fvcc.edu brudolph@fvcc.edu


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