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Medical Coding Certificate (MOC)
Required Courses


HLS102 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health
Pre: Communication and Math 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.
OFT120 Basic Keyboarding or Challenge Exam
Designed to teach basic keyboarding skills to students entering any field that utilizes a computer keyboard. Keyboarding speed should be developed to a minimum of 25 wpm. Credit for this course may be earned by challenge exam. Time will be needed in the computer lab to complete assignments. (1 hour of lecture per week)
OFT134 ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding
Pre: Communication and Math Proficiencies
Co: OFT116, HLS102
This course provides a basic understanding of the ICD coding classification system. Coding conventions and instructions will be covered for each body system. Requirements for both diagnostic and procedural coding will be covered and include coding rules, guidelines and remibursement established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Prospective Payment System (PPS).)
ALH118 Third Party Reimbursement
Pre: Knowledge of Medical Terminology
Examines the third party billing process utilizing simulated case studies, computer software, and the use of various health insurance claim forms required by third party payers such as Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial Carriers, Workers Compensation, and Health Maintenance Organizations. Related terminology, submission of claims, case flow, office policies, the patient registration process, and the use of referrals are reviewed. An overview of the reimbursement process, fee schedules, review of explanation of benefits, coordination of benefits, and collection procedures will also be presented. An introduction to the ADA (American Dental Association) claim form will be included.(3 lecture hours per week)
ALH150 The Dynamics of Health Care
Pre: Communications Proficiency
An introduction to the rapidly changing U.S. health care system and its relationship to the individual and society at large. The course will examine how the health care system has responded to and is shaped by economic, legal, and political policy decisions. Moral and ethical issues that are related to health care delivery decisions will be explored. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives. (3 lecture hours 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.
BUS132 Business Workplace Seminar
Pre: 50% of Program Requirements
Students will gain first-hand knowledge of various career opportunities and gain an understanding of workplace expectations by participating in such activities as job shadowing, informational interviews, mentoring relationships and/or short-term job-site experiences. Seminar topics will include developing job search skills, researching job sites on the internet, preparing cover letters and a resume, participating in mock interviews, and identifying key characteristics/traits needed for success in the workplace.
OFT136 CPT-4 Coding
Pre: OFT134
Course provides a basic understanding of CPT-4/HCPCS procedural coding system with respect to professional and facility code assignment. Guidelines established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be covered as well as the impact on the Prospective Payment System (PPS).
OFT138 Medical Coding Practicum
Pre: OFT134 with 'C' or better
Co: OFT136
Course provides students with the opportunity to apply coding principles learned in the classroom environment in an actual on-site health care facility. Facilities will include either a hospital's health-information department, physician's practice, free-standing clinic, long-term care facility, or home-health agency. The practicum consists of thirty hours as arranged between the work site supervisor and the student.
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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