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2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
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Medical Coding, AAS

(This program is also offered at the Lincoln County Campus.)

Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into alphanumeric designations. Currently, reimbursement of hospital and physical claims for patients depends entirely on the assignment of codes. Coding is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.  Upon completion of this program, students will

  • 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

*Indicates prerequisite or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Optional Course Offering:

Program Information

  • An internship is an option for this program.
  • Students must apply for placements for this program the prior semester. See Internships  for more information and application deadlines.
  • Students in the Medical Coding program must receive a “C-” or better in AHMS 210  to receive this degree.
  • All courses within this degree program must be taken for a letter grade. No courses may be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.
  • Students who complete this degree program should be ready 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. Positions for Health Information Technicians in Montana are projected to experience an 18% growth increase from 2008-2018.
  • 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 the FVCC Student Support Center or a Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor (Kalispell Campus) Faculty Advisor (Lincoln County Campus)
Jori Bullemer Brenda Rudolph, M.B.A. Chad Shilling, M.B.A.
LRC 129 BSS 106 LCC Room 105
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-3858 (406) 293-2721 ext. 233
jbullemer@fvcc.edu brudolph@fvcc.edu cshilling@fvcc.edu