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
(17 Courses)
Course Title Credits
HIMC 1100 Fundamentals of Health Information
HIMC 1115 HIMC Applications
HIMC 1150 Legal Aspects of Health Information
HIMC 1320 Reimbursement Methodologies
HIMC 1330 Electronic Health Records
HIMC 1340 Health Records Documentation
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 3*
HLTH 1130 Medical Terminology
HLTH 1160 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health
HLTH 1200 Disease Conditions
HLTH 1220 Pharmacology for Allied Health
MEDA 1002 Applied Communications/Scribing I
Total Credits: 44  
Elective Courses
Choose any CMST course
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
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.