OEC in Medical Office Coding

Kodiak College offers a fully distance learning Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding, an Allied Health Program in the UAA College of Health.  This program provides training for allied health professionals specifically designed to prepare graduates for work in rewarding careers in Alaska’s rapidly growing health care industry.

Allied health professionals, such as medical coders, are involved with the delivery of health related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, rehabilitation, and health systems management, among others.

In addition to instruction by allied health professionals, most programs provide experiential education with students working alongside health professionals in real-work situations.

This Occupational Endorsement Certificate program prepares student for careers as professional medical coders.  In addition, it prepares students to become certified medical coders by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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  1. Proficiency in the performance of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  2. Proficiency in the performance of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
  3. Proficiency in the performance of International Classification of Diseases. Students are learning both the ICD-9CM and ICD-10 code set.

Why Choose this Program?

For more informaiton contact the Career Coach, Stacy Fisher at swfisher3@kodiak.alaska.edu or call (907) 486-1207

The program is an eLearning program (distance delivered).  This means that all lectures and coursework is delivered fully online.  This program through Kodiak College offers state-of-the-art NANSLO (North American Network of Science Labs Online - http://wiche.edu/nanslo) labs, which allow students to interact and complete "live" biology lab activities from the student's personal computer.

The program is 18 months long (three semesters) consisting of 17 semester credits.  There are 4 core classes (11 credits) with at least 6 elective credits to include either Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, or Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office.

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The scope and sequence of courses in the program are as follows:

Fall Semester

MA A101 Medical Terminology

BIOL A100 Human Biology OR

BIOL A111 Anatomy and Physiology I

Spring Semester

MA A104 Essentials of Human Diseases

MA A220 Coding for the Medical Office

BIOL A112 Anatomy and Physiology II

Fall Semester

MA A320 Advanced Cases in Medical Billing

MA A230 Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office

What Can I do with this Degree?

As a Medical Coder, you will be integral in the medical billing process.  While working in a physician’s office, hospital outpatient facility or ambulatory surgical center, you will take the information from the documentation to assign the appropriate codes and create a claim to be paid.  You will be using clinical classification systems of International Classification of Disease (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).  You will ensure there is quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems.

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