Medical Coding – Associate of Occupational Science
The Medical Coding program is a combination of general education and professional courses concentrating in the business component of healthcare. The curriculum focuses upon the development of students’ skills by providing a wide variety of specialized courses comprising of insurance billing, coding, medical records management, and administrative front office responsibilities. Graduates of the program are prepared as an entry-level medical biller and coder. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to work in clinics, insurance companies, doctor’s offices, hospitals and other health care affiliates. Students learn through a combination of lecture, labs and simulation.
Upon completion of the Associate of Occupational Science in Medical Coding at Pioneer Pacific College, the graduate will be expected to:
- Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries.
- Track patient outcomes for quality assessment.
- Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting.
- Maintain confidentiality of patients’ records.
- Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis.
- Review patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data.
Students may be required to pass criminal background checks, drug screens and complete certain vaccines in order to be employed in the healthcare industry. Individuals with criminal backgrounds may have difficulty securing employment in the field. Prior to enrolling in this program, students should research what future employers require in order to determine how this may affect their chances of becoming employed.
“Pioneer Pacific was really great with their support… from the person who directed our program, to all the instructors.“Valerie Sharr, Healthcare Administration Graduate