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

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) or AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams to increase their employment opportunities.

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

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 61

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

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

Summary

Core Courses

49

Coding Courses - Great Falls-MSU

12

Total Hours

61


Core Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

AHMS 108

Health Data Content & Struct

2

AHMS 144

Medical Terminology

3

AHMS 156

Medical Billing Fundamentals

3

AHMS 216

Pharmaceutical Products

3

AHMS 220

Medical Office Procedures

4

AHMS 252

Computerized Medical Billing

3

AHMS 270E

Medical Ethics

3

AHMS 298

Medical Info Internship

3

BIOH 108

Basic Anatomy

4

CAPP 154

MS Word

3

COMX 115S

Introduction to Interpersonal Communications

3

CSCI 172

Intro to Computer Modeling

3

HIT 265

Electronic Health Records

3

M 105

Contemporary Mathematics

3

or M 115

Probability and Linear Mathematics

PSYX 100S

Intro to Psychology

3

WRIT 101

College Writing I

3

Total Hours

49

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.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

AHMS 160

Beginning Procedural Coding

3

AHMS 164

AHMS 164 Beginning Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10

3

AHMS 212

CPT Coding

3

AHMS 213

ICD-10 CODING

3

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-