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Healthcare Reimbursement (Associate of Science)

The Associate of Science degree in Healthcare Reimbursement is designed to prepare students for positions in physician practices, medical offices, hospital business offices, insurance companies, healthcare consulting firms, and medical record departments. Students are provided with specialized training and instruction in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS), and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding conventions.  In addition to classroom experience, this program also includes an externship where the student is required to demonstrate on-the-job application of skills.  Students also prepare for a national certification examination.

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should be able to

  • discuss and be familiar with all HIPAA Compliance Policies and the importance of confidentiality when dealing with medical records;
  • demonstrate the ability to utilize coding and medical billing software programs to expedite the reimbursement process;
  • classify various coding and billing information to avoid claims rejections;
  • analyze coding and reimbursement-related financial data used in a healthcare environment; and
  • coordinate a job search.

Area of Concentration

ANP 1125Anatomy and Physiology: Body Structures with Medical Terminology

4 credits

ANP 1135Anatomy and Physiology: Organs and Systems with Medical Terminology

4 credits

BUS 1010Business Essentials

4 credits

BUS 1770Customer Service

4 credits

MBC 1010Medical Coding: Current Procedural Terminology

4 credits

MBC 1025Medical Coding: ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM

4 credits

MBC 1038Medical Coding: Outpatient Coding

4 credits

MBC 1040Advanced Coding

4 credits

MBC 1800Medical Billing and Reimbursement

4 credits

MBC 2400Computerized Billing Procedures

4 credits

MBC 2560Medical Billing and Coding Certification Review

2 credits

MBC 2600Medical Billing and Coding Externship

6 credits

MED 1140Medical Law and Ethics

4 credits

MED 1210Pathophysiology

4 credits

MED 1850Medical Insurance Applications

4 credits

MED 2000Computerized Medical Records Systems

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:64

Foundation

EDU 1010Learning Framework

4 credits

EDU 1020Career Exploration/Planning

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

General Education

These courses are to be selected in consultation with the Program Director so as to effectuate a balanced educational program. Select a total (minimum) of 24 credits as indicated below:

Communications

12 credits

Humanities and Fine Arts

4 credits

Mathematics

4 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 96

NOTE:   Qualified graduates may be eligible to sit for one or more of the following certifications:  Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), or Certified Professional Coder (CPC).  Students typically register for certification examinations during their certification review course.

The College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program assures either passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board.  This program is not intended to prepare graduates for employment in any state other than Alabama or the state where the program is being offered online.  Prospective and current students and graduates are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, certification, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed, or employed.