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Medical Coding, Online

An industry–current certificate program that includes the universally used ICD-10-CM diagnosis code sets can open the door to a career as a vital member of the healthcare industry.
PTC Online's Certificate in Medical Coding teaches the general rules of coding, then allows you to specialize in coding for hospitals or coding for physicians. You will learn how to transform written descriptions of diseases, injuries, procedures and services into alphanumeric designations. You will also prepare for the national coding certification examination.

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In the PTC Medical Coding Program you will learn key skills such as:

  • Chart abstracting
  • Interpreting medical records
  • Assigning five-digit ICD-10-CM numeric and alphanumeric codes for diagnoses as established by the World Health Organization and modified for use in the U.S. by Medicare
  • Assigning current procedural terminology codes (CPT–4) for professional services as established by the AMA
  • Assigning HCPCS codes for supplies and drugs as established by Medicare
  • Using the manual to access the ICD-10-CM code sets
  • Using the manual to access the CPT and the HCPCS code sets
  • Using industry software to access the ICD-10-CM code sets, the CPT code set and the HCPCS code set
  • Auditing code assignments for accuracy
  • Utilizing Medisoft, the physician office software
  • Using Electronic Health Record software
  • Anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
  • Graduates can take the CPC, Certified Professional Coder, or the CPC–H, Certified Professional Coder – Hospital, national certification exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
  • PTC reimburses the cost of the exam to students who earn certification on either their first or second attempt.

CERTIFICATE TRAINING PROGRAMS

MEDICAL CODING

Medical Terminology
This course introduces the student to the language of medicine. Using a systemic approach, students learn roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms to build a usable medical vocabulary. Abbreviations common to body systems will be discussed.
Anatomy and Physiology 1
This course introduces the student to concepts of anatomy and physiology. This course includes an introduction to structural units of the body, cellular function, and basic pharmacological principles. Systems to be examined include: the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous, sensory system, reproductive system.
Anatomy and Physiology 2
This course continues the systemic review of concepts of anatomy and physiology. Systems to be examined include: the endocrine, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary system.
Diseases and Diagnostic Methods
This course examines the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of selected diseases and disorders of each body system. The subjects of congenital abnormalities, pediatric illnesses, and pain and its management are included.
Foundations of Health Insurance
This course will introduce the student to the history of health insurance. The student will be introduced to government healthcare plans and legal and regulatory requirements that govern physician billing.
Diagnostic and Procedural Coding for Physicians 1
This course is designed to teach students the basic principles of ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2, ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, and CPT-4 procedural coding. The student will be provided with hands-on experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation. This course is part one of a three-part course. *ICD-10 curriculum changes will occur dependent upon the October 1, 2015 implementation of ICD-10.
Computerized Practice Management & E.H.R.
This multimedia learning course uses Medisoft software that covers all aspects of computerized registration and patient accounts management performed in the medical office. Tasks include creating patient accounts, patient scheduling, charge entry, insurance and patient payment applications, various types of adjustments, and insurance and patient collections. This courses also introduces the student to the electronic health record (EHR) software, including documenting in an EHR.
Diagnostic and Procedural Coding for Physicians 2
This course builds on the knowledge gained in Diagnosis and Procedure Coding for Physicians and Hospitals 1. This course is designed to teach students intermediate coding for ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2, ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, and CPT-4 procedural coding. The student will be provided with hands-on experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation. This course is part two of a three-part course. Prerequisite: MED151. *ICD-10 curriculum changes will occur dependent upon the October 1, 2015 implementation of ICD-10.
Diagnostic and Procedural Coding for Physicians 3
This course continues the student's study of ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2, ICD-10-CM, and CPT-4 coding systems. This course also introduces students to HCPCS coding. Students will be provided with hands-on experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation. This course is part three of a three-part course. Prerequisite: MED151. *ICD-10 curriculum changes will occur dependent upon the October 1, 2015 implementation of ICD-10.
Healthcare Delivery in the Medical Office
This course provides students with a basic understanding of responsibilities and functions of the medical office. Students will learn the history of medicine and apply these concepts to current healthcare practices. Students will be introduced to medical law and ethics concepts and case scenarios. Students will learn about functions needed to perform administrative office duties, such as medical records, drafting documents, and filing patient documents. Students will learn about patient privacy and the importance of upholding laws in regard to patient records and healthcare information.
Chart Abstracting
This course introduces the student to advanced coding for both diagnoses and procedures by reviewing medical records. Students will become familiar with reading and interpreting medical record information and coding from medical records. The course also covers coding scenarios independently without previous textbook explanations. The student will receive simulated real-world experience to code independently with instructor-led facilitation. Prerequisites: MED106, MED151, MED161, MED171.
Auditing and National Exam Preparation
This course builds on the knowledge learned in Diagnostic and Procedure Coding for Physicians 1, 2, and 3. It introduces the student to auditing medical records. The student will become familiar with auditing techniques and learn how to present audit finding to healthcare providers. This course also prepares students for the national coding exam with reviews of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease, health insurance reimbursement and regulatory guidelines, coding guidelines, and coding diagnoses and procedures from medical records. This course is taken in conjunction or after MED312 Chart Abstracting. Prerequisites: MED106, MED151, MED161, MED171.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.

The PTC Commitment to Student Success

PTC has an advisory board comprised of healthcare professionals who keep our programs up to date and consistent with the needs of today's employment market.

Graduates in this certificate program are prepared for the national coding certification examination and to work as medical coding specialists. A 70% final grade average must be attained in all medical–related courses to meet the program objectives. Courses offered in this program are fully transferrable to the PTC Online Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration Program.

Career Opportunities in Medical Coding Professionals

From physicians' offices to hospitals, insurance companies and public health organizations, there is a need for detailed, accurate individuals who can translate physical conditions, injuries and diseases, and the resulting physician evaluations, treatments, and prescriptions into the universal numeric language of coding for insurance billing and reimbursement. With the right knowledge and skills to support your goals and aspirations, you can pursue professional success and satisfaction in:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical centers
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Physicians offices
  • Transcription services
  • Specialty practice
  • Public health agencies
  • Insurance companies

PTC Graduates in the Workforce

As a student at PTC Online, you can tap into all of the support and services you would expect at a well–respected career school. Our Career Services Department is staffed by experienced placement professionals with contacts and connections across the country. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • Nuance Transcript Services
  • Ohio Valley General Hospital
  • Adagio Health
  • CorVel Corporation
  • Kindred Hospital
  • Fenner Corporation
  • Pediatric Alliance
  • Automated Physician Services
  • Family Pathways
  • Medical Service Associates
  • Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
  • Medical Billing and Management Services
  • M. Leco & Associates
  • Wallace C. Gauntner MD PC
  • Healthcare Management Providers
  • Trinity Health Systems
  • Heritage Valley Health System
  • McKesson Automated Healthcare

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United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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