Medical Information Technology - Health Information Coding Specialty A.A.S.

Michelle Boller, Director

Health information coders play a critical role in accurately identifying procedures and diagnoses to ensure accurate billing and reimbursement. Students are trained to:

  • Understand anatomy, medical terminology, and disease processes necessary to determine correct codes and sequences
  • Analyze health records and to accurately abstract and code procedures and diagnoses utilizing legal and regulatory standards
  • Communicate with physicians, healthcare facilities, insurance companies, and patients to ensure accurate and timely reimbursement

Graduates are adequately prepared for many roles, such as working in a front office with patients or behind the scenes with insurance companies and healthcare facilities. Upon graduation students are encouraged and eligible to sit for AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification exams to increase their employment opportunities.


Associate of Applied Science - Medical Information Technology; Health Information Coding Concentration

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 62-63

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: See Program Director for scope and sequence advising. Please refer to online schedule for online course availability.


Core Courses47
Coding Courses - Great Falls-MSU12
Math Requirement3-4
Total Hours62-63

Core Courses

WRIT 101 may be substituted for WRIT 121 at the discretion of the program director.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHMS 108Health Data Content & Struct2
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals3
AHMS 175Medical Law & Ethics2
AHMS 216Pharmaceutical Products3
AHMS 220Medical Office Procedures4
AHMS 245Simulated Lab3
AHMS 298Medical Info Internship3
AHMS 252Computerized Medical Billing3
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I3
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
CAPP 154MS Word3
CAPP 156MS Excel3
COMX 115SIntroduction to Interpersonal Communications3
PSYX 100SIntro to Psychology3
WRIT 121Intro to Technical Writing3
or WRIT 101 College Writing I
Total Hours47

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Coding Courses - Great Falls-MSU

Note: AHMS 160, 164, 212, and 213 are taken through Great Falls College-MSU. Students must also take AHMS 201 at Great Falls College-MSU in order to register for AHMS 160 and 164. See program director for coding course information.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHMS 160Beginning Procedural Coding3
AHMS 164AHMS 164 Beginning Diagnosis Coding: ICD-103
AHMS 212CPT Coding3
Total Hours12

Math Requirement

Complete any Math course numbered M 105 or above.3-4
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-