Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
essional Coders translate healthcare provider’s analysis and procedural phrases into codes or alphanumeric designations. It is necessary for CPCs to understand health records and their content in order to conduct proper research as well as provide the correct coding. Students will learn the medical language, terminology and abbreviations, the basics of biology and anatomy, and the overall guidelines for coding. The program also includes a review for the CPC Exam, an Advanced Coding workshop, and mock CPC Exams. After successful completion of the five (5) required courses, students will be eligible to take the AAPC Certified Professional Coder Exam, which is administered at Housatonic Community College.
Medical Terminology | CRN: 2162 | 2/28/2023 – 4/13/2023
7 Weeks | 42 Hours | Online
Students will learn the medical language, terminology, and abbreviations used by physicians. An overview of diseases of the human body will include a discussion of possible causes and cures. All students must have their own home personal computer with internet access.
Human Anatomy & Biology | CRN: 2163 | 2/28/2023 – 4/13/2023
7 Weeks | 42 Hours | Hybrid
Tuesday's (LRON-virtual) 5:30pm-8:30pm & Thursday's (on-campus Lafayette Hall Room B-247) 5:30pm-8:30pm
Throughout this course, students will be presented with a general survey of the anatomy and physiology of ten (10) human body organ systems including: skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and reproductive. In addition, there will be an overview of selected associated human diseases including a discussion of the biology of cancer.
ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding and HCPCS | CRN: 2164 | 4/25/2023 – 6/15/2023
9 Weeks | 63 Hours | On Campus | Beacon Hall 144
Tuesday & Thursday | 6:00pm-9:30pm
This course emphasizes the basic transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric designations (codes) by the provider rendering medical care. Today, medical codes are utilized to facilitate payment of health services in order to evaluate utilization patterns and to study the appropriateness of health care costs. To be fairly and adequately reimbursed in a timely fashion by third-party payers, physicians and their reimbursement specialists must understand and correctly use these codes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand and list the purpose of the ICD-10 CM and HCPCS, apply coding conventions when assigning codes, identify characteristics of Vol. 1 & 2. Students will also gain further knowledge and understanding of coding as it applies to all body systems.
Medical Coding CPT | CRN: TBD | 6/20/2023 – 9/5/2023
11 Weeks | 77 Hours | On Campus | Beacon Hall 144
Tuesday & Thursday | 6:00pm-9:00pm
Medical coding is the use of procedure codes that relate to the services performed by a physician when he sees a patient. Coding is done by physicians, hospitals, dentists, nursing homes, insurance carriers, the government, and many other areas. The codes are used to “paint the picture of what is being done”; this information is being used on claim forms to be sent to the insurance carriers so that payment can be made. This is Outpatient and Inpatient coding; CPT coding is strictly outpatient coding but is the major coding skill for most job positions. There are codes for each area or specialty in which a physician is trained; such as anesthesiology, surgery, medical specialties, radiology, Durable Medical Equipment, pathology as well as primary care. The students will learn the concept of assigning a code and any purpose-focusing modifier/s; how to support the proper CPT code with the ICD-10 codes, and to prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam. Each CPT code allows a fee to be paid to the physician. Students will also learn the guidelines within the CPT code book which outline the specific use for each code. Knowing how to pick-up on details is important in learning how to properly code; coding can be fun and rewarding.
CPC Exam Review | CRN: TBD | 9/12/2023 – 10/19/2023
6 Weeks | 42 Hours | On Campus | Beacon Hall 144
Tuesday & Thursday | 6:00pm09:30pm
Part1: Operative Reports (Advanced Coding) – Students will use the advanced coding knowledge they acquire to code Operative reports, Emergency Department reports, Discharge Summaries, Clinic and Office Chart Notes, Radiology reports, and CT Scan reports. Students will practice reading physician’s notes and then apply the appropriate code; local review policies will be reviewed to understand why a diagnosis (Dx) code will support a procedure.
Part 2: CPC Exam Review – A comprehensive review of medical terminology, abbreviations, anatomy, coding, and guidelines will be completed with an understanding of the application of guidelines for coding.
Part 3: Mock CPC Exam – Mock CPC exams will be taken to improve understanding of guidelines and timing in preparation for the actual exam.
Part 4: CPC Exam – Students with satisfactory completion of the Medical Coding courses will be eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam. This exam is required for those students who wish to become Certified Professional Coders. Students must score a passing rate of 71% or better on the exam. The instructor will provide exam and AAPC membership information.
Prerequisite: ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding & HCPCS and Medical Coding CPT.
Time of Day: Online and Evenings | CRNs: 2162, 2163, 2164, et. Al.
Instructors: Robin Smith
Linda K. Dixon, CCP, CPCI-I, ACS-EM, Auditor, ACS-OB-GYN
(Tuition includes: Books, AAPC Student Membership Fee, and AAPC Exam (2 attempts).