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This certificate prepares students for positions as medical coders and billers in a variety of healthcare settings or in other environments (e.g., billing services, consulting companies, insurance companies, or in their own homes). Many of the courses can be applied toward an MVCC Associate Degree. The number of applicable credits will depend on the degree program in which students are interested.

Prerequisites to entering the Certificate in Allied Health Care:

High school biology or its equivalent is recommended and High School Mathematics Course A or its equivalent is recommended. All incoming students must meet with the program coordinator before entering the program. Professional liability and accident insurance, available through the College, is required. Each professional practice experience site dictates the physical examination and/or immunization requirements for their site. Students may have to travel outside the Utica/Rome area to complete the professional practice experience(s). All costs incurred while enrolled in this program are the students responsibility.

Goal 1 To prepare the students to communicate and interact effectively with consumers and members of the health care delivery team.

  • Students will communicate and interact effectively with instructors and peers through on-line interactions.
  • Students will communicate and interact effectively with consumers and health care delivery team at health related agency.
  • Student will demonstrate the ability to respect differences that may be a result of cultural heritage.

Goal 2 To prepare competent entry level health information technicians (RHIT) in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) an affective (behavior) learning domains

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of appropriate legal and ethical behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
  • Student will demonstrate appropriate judgment to ensure confidentiality and security of health information.

Goal 3 To prepare students to pass a national credentialing examination (except Health Unit Coordination).

  • Graduates of the program will successfully pass a national credentialing examination.
  • Graduates will demonstrate a pass rate for 1st time examinees which meets or exceeds the National pass rate.

Goal 4 To prepare graduates to successfully secure employment in the health care field appropriate for their area of emphasis.

  • Graduates will be employed in the HIM field within 6 months of graduation.
  • Graduates are satisfied with the preparation provided by the program.
  • Employers of the graduates express satisfaction with the preparation provided by the program.

Goal 5 To prepare students to calculate and interpret health care data appropriate to their area of emphasis.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to calculate performance standards and in some cases interpret health information data, appropriate to their area of emphasis.

Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.

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Total Credit Hours: 32.5

First Semester

The course introduces ethical and trans-cultural issues encountered in healthcare. Examples of topics include value development, ethical theories and controversies, principles of confidentiality, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making.

This course is a systems overview of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include structure and function of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous/endocrine, immune, digestive, cardiovascular, urogenital, and respiratory systems. This course presents development and integration of these systems as a basis for understanding the anatomical and physiological aspects of humans. This course will not count for credit in the science or clinical health profession programs (Nursing, Radiologic Technologies, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technician).

This course introduces the field of healthcare for people interested in the field. Topics include an introduction to the healthcare delivery system, a brief historical overview of U.S. healthcare, healthcare settings and programs, members of the healthcare delivery team, roles of healthcare professionals, legal and professional ethics, healthcare organizations and agencies, medical record content, risk management, continuous quality improvement, epidemiology (morbidity and mortality), and interpersonal communication skills.

This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication.

This course includes a study of the language of medicine, including roots, prefixes and suffixes and the proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. All body systems and functions, including the structure, meaning, and use of medical terms related to diseases and operations of the human body are covered. An introduction to pharmacology (medications) is included. (Online Only)

Second Semester

The course introduces medical insurance billing, and credit and collection procedures. It provides an understanding of the insurance options and the laws governing the payers/insurers. Topics include preparing and reviewing claims forms, the significance of coding, electronic and computerized billing, and fraud and abuse. (Spring semester)

This course introduces indexing conditions and procedures using the Current Procedural Terminology. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces the current prospective payment system(s). (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology.

This course introduces indexing diseases and operations using the International Classification of Disease. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces DRGs and the Prospective Payment System. (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology.

This course covers pathophysiological, pharmacological, therapeutic, and diagnostic aspects of medicine. It includes concepts and medical word components for body systems and disorders encountered in health care. Pathophysiology of the normal body systems is covered. Topics include pharmacological agents, diagnostic tests and interventions, pharmacological

intervention selection, and value of laboratory tests. (Online Only)

Prerequisites: BI216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and HM100 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. Corequisite: BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2.

This course teaches rescue breathing, CPR, two-rescuer CPR, and automated external defibrillation (AED) skills. Students may complete certification from the American Heart Association basic life support (BLS) for healthcare providers.

Summer Semester

This course provides hands-on knowledge of medical claims management and procedures. The professional practice experience integrates the didactic component with the professional practice component. Medical claims are processed, with follow-up on unpaid balances and corporate compliance plan to avoid allegations of health care fraud and abuse. Prerequisites: BI110 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology, MR208 Pharmacology for Allied Health; and AH207 Medical Claims Management. (Summer semester)

  • High school chemistry with lab or its equivalent is recommended. An appropriate MVCC Mathematics placement test result.
  • Medical Coding and Billing student may repeat one allied health (AH) course only. A second failure of an allied health course will result in dismissal from the Medical Coding and Billing program. Dismissed students will be ineligible to return to the Medical Coding and Billing program.
  • Students enrolled in an allied health (AH) course are permitted one withdrawal. A second withdrawal from any allied health (AH) course will result in dismissal from the program and ineligibility to return to the program.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned healthcare agency for the professional practice experience.
  • Students may have to travel outside the Utica/Rome area to complete the professional practice experience.
  • The Health Professions Department’s Health/Physical Form must be completed and on file before the start of the professional practice experience.
  • Proof of current American Heart Association Healthcare Providers CPR certification must be on file in the Health Center prior to beginning the professional practice experience. This certification must be kept current throughout the professional practice experience.
  • Upon graduation students are eligible to take a national examination offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon passing, graduates become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
  • Graduation from the Allied Health Care Certificate program does not guarantee success on national credentialing exams.
  • If a student has legal charges pending or has been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor, certification may be delayed or denied by the applicable national certification board.