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
(18 Courses)
NOTE: A grade of "C-" or above must be achieved for all of the required Health Information Technician/Medical Coding Specialist programs (HIT/MCS) and required general education courses in the HIT degree and MCS diploma to progress in the program and qualify for graduation.
Course Title Credits
HIMC 1100 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIMC 1110 Anatomy and Physiology
HIMC 1115 HIMC Applications
HIMC 1120 Medical Terminology
HIMC 1140 Pharmacology
HIMC 1150 Legal Aspects of Health Information
HIMC 1320 Reimbursement Methodologies
HIMC 1330 Electronic Health Records
HIMC 1340 Health Records Documentation
HIMC 1350 Pathophysiology
HIMC 2001 CPT Coding
HIMC 2003 ICD Coding
HIMC 2004 Advanced Coding
HIMC 2006 ICD-10-PCS Coding
HIMC 2030 Certified Coding Assistant Review
HIMC 2040 Quality Management and Healthcare Statistics
HIMC 2260 Medical Coding Specialist Experiential Capstone 2*
MEDA 1002 Applied Communications/Scribing I
Total Credits: 44  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 46 while the section is listed as having 44 credits.
Elective Courses
Choose any CMST course
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1401 Computer Technology
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
HIMC 2240 Supervision of Health Information
HIMC 2262 Medical Coding Specialist Internship
HIMC 2270 Computerized Health Information
MEDA 1102 Applied Communications/Scribing II
Total Credits: 2  
Elective Courses
HIMC 2260 (required course) is a 2-3 credit variable course. If only 2 credits are taken, add one credit of electives.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 1  
Total Diploma Credits: 50  

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