A medical coding specialist is a vital part of a health care team. By analyzing medical record information and assigning the proper codes to diagnoses and procedures, financial reimbursement to health care facilities is made by insurance companies and government agencies. This is especially important because patient billings must be compliant with federal regulations. Students will become familiar with anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and computers. There is an emphasis on completeness, accuracy, and quality in all work. Diploma graduates are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Diploma graduates can easily continue their education by obtaining an advanced degree such as the Health Information Technician AAS degree also offered at Ridgewater College.
Course Outline
Required Courses
(16 Courses)
Course Title Credits
ADS 1300 Medical Terminology
ADS 1303 Pharmacology in the Medical Office
ADS 1304 Applied Medical Terminology
ADS 1310 Medical Transcription, Quality Management and Production
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
HIMC 1100 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIMC 1150 Legal Aspects of Health Information
HIMC 1300 Alternative Health Record Systems
HIMC 1350 Pathophysiology
HIMC 2000 ICD-9-CM Coding
HIMC 2001 CPT Coding
HIMC 2004 Advanced Coding
HIMC 2030 Certified Coding Assistant Review
HIMC 2040 Quality Management and Healthcare Statistics
HIMC 2260 Medical Coding Specialist Experiential Capstone 2-3*
Total Credits: 39  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 36 while the section is listed as having 39 credits.
Elective Courses
(select 7 credits from the courses below)
Minimum 7 credits. Choose either BIOL108 and ADS1301 (plus 1 elective credit) or BIOL210, BIOL211 and CHEM101.
Course Title Credits
ADS 1301 Anatomy/Physical Disease Conditions I
BIOL 108 Human Biology
BIOL 210 Human Anatomy
BIOL 211 Human Physiology
CHEM 101 Survey of Chemistry
Total Credits: 7  
Elective Courses
(1 Course)
Choose additional elective(s) to complete 50 credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take the following elective.
Course Title Credits
ADS 2322 Medical Insurance and Reimbursement
Total Credits: 4  
Total Diploma Credits: 50  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.