Medical Administrative Coder

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Medical Administrative Coder Associate of Applied Science Degree provides educational opportunities for those interested in working wherever knowledge of medical terminology and professional procedures and ethics are required. Examples include physician practices, large healthcare and allied health organizations such as clinics, hospitals, and foundations, insurance companies, medical publishers, research organizations, and medical product manufacturers. Medical Administrative Coder students receive specialized training in medical ethics, records management, medical terminology, human anatomy, health insurance, medical billing, medical transcription, coding, and Microsoft Office Suite software.

If the following profile describes you, then a career as a Medical Administrative Coder may be in your future:

  • I am fascinated by the process of diseases/conditions/illnesses and the effects they have on the human body.
  • I enjoy researching for details and analyzing reports that require sound reasoning.
  • I like the idea of working in the healthcare field in an office setting.
  • I find the business of medicine interesting.
  • I love working with technology to produce excellent documents, accurate records, and the trending of data.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the medical and legal aspects of healthcare office practices including confidentiality of health records, release of information, patients' rights, use of health records as legal evidence, informed consent, malpractice, as well as agency, physician, and employee liability.
  • Apply medical language and American Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) formatting guidelines in all written communication.
  • Produce quality medical documents.
  • Demonstrate the following professional traits while working in a healthcare office environment: dependability, punctuality, responsibility, acceptable appearance, sound judgment, ethical behavior, flexibility, and adaptability.
  • Apply medical coding principles and guidelines for coding, billing, and reimbursement in outpatient settings at entry level proficiency.
  • Use computers as tools for solving problems, collecting data, managing and communicating information, presenting ideas, and making decisions, as well as using all forms of telecommunications effectively.
  • Use appropriate English skills in written and oral communications, as well as skills in listening to demonstrate effective communication integral to maintaining rapport with coworkers and clients.
  • Use reference materials to research information.
  • Apply analytical skills in solving problems, collecting data, managing and communication information, presenting ideas, and making decisions.

Helpful High School Courses:

  • Touch keyboarding skill of 30 wpm or higher for 5 minutes with 5 or fewer errors. Keyboarding, Skillbuilding and Keyboarding Applications courses are available at BTC.
  • Business English (grammar)
  • Keyboarding, Computer skills (word processing, etc.)
  • Biology, Science related
  • Health related, Medical terminology (would be helpful)
  • Accounting, Math