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Medical Coding Certificate (MOC)
Program Course Descriptions

HLS102 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health
Pre: Communication and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Particular emphasis is placed on the normal structure of the various systems and some of the conditions that affect them. (4 hours of lecture per week)
OFT116 Medical Terminology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Designed to instruct the student in the most common word roots, prefixes, and suffixes in medical terminology. Emphasis is on spelling, word drills, pronunciation exercises, and definition of words. The student develops a broad medical vocabulary used by professionals in medical and allied health fields. Fulfills open and office technology electives.
OFT134 ICD Coding
Pre: Communication and Math Proficiencies
Co: OFT116
This course is an introduction to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) data set used for reporting diagnoses and procedures. Emphasis will be placed on adherence to coding guidelines and current regulations to accurately assign and sequence diagnosis and procedure codes.
ALH118 Third Party Reimbursement
Co: OFT116
This course examines the third-party billing and reimbursement process including the preparation and submission of claim forms required by both government and private payers. An overview of the basics of diagnosis and procedure coding and how they relate to the reimbursement of services will also be included. Emphasis throughout the course is given to compliance in health care as it relates to billing and coding. Topics will include HIPAA and billing and coding regulations as they relate to ethical documentation requirements.(3 lecture hours per week)
ALH161 Basics of Pharmacology
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course presents the basic principles of pharmacology including classifications of drugs, generic and trade names, administration routes, indications and contraindications, common adverse effects, and typical adult and pediatric doses. (1 lecture hour per week)
BIO206 Human Disease and Conditions
Pre: BIO103 or HLS102 with 'C' or better
Co: BIO104
This course presents the symptoms, etiology, diagnoses and treatment of many of the most frequently encountered diseases, conditions and disorders of the human body. Fulfills open, liberal arts electives.
OFT136 CPT-4 Coding
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiency
Co: OFT116 and HLS102
This course is the study of the CPT/HCPCS procedure coding systems used to describe medical and surgical services and procedures provided by physicians, hospital outpatient and ancillary departments, hospital emergency rooms, and other ambulatory care facilities. Students will learn about ethical coding and adherence to guidelines, such as the National Correct Coding Initiative. The focus of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and technical skills to code for all types of ambulatory and ancillary medical services.
OFT138 Medical Coding Practicum
Pre: OFT134 and OFT136 with 'C' or better
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply coding principles learned in the classroom environment in an actual on-site health care facility or by completing a hands-on coding simulation. The on-site practicum consists of thirty hours as arranged between the work site supervisor and the student. The simulation consists of thirty hours of coding practical scenario equivalent to thirty hours of work experience.
OFT234 Advanced Diagnosis and Procedure Coding
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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