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
Elective Courses
(select 47 credits from the courses below)
Choose a minimum of 47 credits. You may choose any CMST course for 3 credits. Choose either HIMC1110 or MEDA1010. Choose either HIMC1120 or MEDA1113. Choose either HIMC1140 or MEDA2032. Choose either HIMC1350 or MEDA1021.
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 2030 Certified Coding Assistant Review
HIMC 2040 Quality Management and Healthcare Statistics
HIMC 2260 Medical Coding Specialist Experiential Capstone 2-3*
MEDA 1002 Applied Communications/Scribing I
MEDA 1010 Anatomy and Physiology I
MEDA 1021 Disease Conditions
MEDA 1113 Medical Terminology
MEDA 2032 Pharmacology
Total Credits: 47  
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose a minimum of 3 credits. 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
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
HIMC 2240 Supervision of Health Information
HIMC 2262 Medical Coding Specialist Internship
HIMC 2270 Computerized Health Information
HIMC 2950 Special Projects/Topics 1-3*
MEDA 1102 Applied Communications/Scribing II
Total Credits: 3  
Total Diploma Credits: 50  

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