Mission Statement

Kodiak College offers a fully distance learning Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding, an Allied Health Program in the UAA College of Health.  This program provides training for allied health professionals specifically designed to prepare graduates for work in rewarding careers in Alaska‚Äôs rapidly growing health care industry.

Allied health professionals, such as medical coders, are involved with the delivery of health related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, rehabilitation, and health systems management, among others.

In addition to instruction by allied health professionals, most programs provide experiential education with students working alongside health professionals in real-work situations.

This Occupational Endorsement Certificate program prepares student for careers as professional medical coders.  In addition, it prepares students to become certified medical coders by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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What will I learn?
  1. Proficiency in the performance of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  2. Proficiency in the performance of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
  3. Proficiency in the performance of International Classification of Diseases. Students are learning both the ICD-9CM and ICD-10 code set.

 Why Choose this Program?

  • Fully Online (eLearning) Program: This allows for individuals who may not be near a traditional college to pursue an education in Medical Coding.  It allows for flexibility.
  • Experienced Faculty:  The majority of the faculty, 75%, for this program currently work in the field.  This allows for great real-world perspectives on the job and the workforce.
  • Credential Preparation:  An additional study course is available for students in preparation for the CPC examination.
  • Cutting Edge Technology:  This program is one of the few that offers the best technology for science lab work. 
  • Dedicated Career Coach:  This program has a dedicated Career Coach who will work with the students to ensure successful progress and completion of the program.  The Career Coach will assist with credentialing and locating employment upon completion.
  • Specialized Job Placement Assistance:  A Career Hub will be available to allow students to access open positions from employers in their area.

For more information contact the Sue Buie at sbuie@alaska.edu or call (865) 456-0789.

What classes will I take?

The program is an eLearning program (distance delivered).  This means that all lectures and coursework is delivered fully online.  This program through Kodiak College offers state-of-the-art NANSLO (North American Network of Science Labs Online - http://wiche.edu/nanslo) labs, which allow students to interact and complete "live" biology lab activities from the student's personal computer.

The program is 18 months long (three semesters) consisting of 17 semester credits.  There are 4 core classes (11 credits) with at least 6 elective credits to include either Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, or Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office.

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The scope and sequence of courses in the program are as follows:

Fall Semester

MA A101 Medical Terminology

BIOL A100 Human Biology OR BIOL A111 Anatomy and Physiology I

Spring Semester

MA A104 Essentials of Human Diseases

MA A220 Coding for the Medical Office

Fall Semester

MA A320 Advanced Cases in Medical Billing

MA A230 Billing and Insurance for the Medical Office or BIOL A112 Anatomy and Physiology II

What can I do with this degree?

What Can I do with this Degree?

As a Medical Coder, you will be integral in the medical billing process.  While working in a physician's office, hospital outpatient facility or ambulatory surgical center, you will take the information from the documentation to assign the appropriate codes and create a claim to be paid.  You will be using clinical classification systems of International Classification of Disease (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).  You will ensure there is quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems.

Further Education

You are also able to build upon your CPC certification into more specialized areas such as:

  • Certified Outpatient Coding (COC): This credential will demonstrate proficiency in coding and billing in an outpatient facility such as hospital outpatient billing and coding departments or ambulatory surgical centers.
  • Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC): This credential will demonstrate proficiency in coding and billing exclusively to inpatient hospitals/facilities.
  • CPC-P:  This credential demonstrates proficiency in billing and coding in a payer environment (health plans, Medicare, Medicaid) where medical claims are processed for payment.
  • Once experienced, there are several specialty credentials available to allow coders to validate their unique knowledge.
  • Certified Professional Biller (CPB):  Expertise in submitting claims in accordance with government regulations and private payer policies, follow-up on claim statuses, resolve claim denials, submit appeals, post payments and adjustments, and manage collections.

 Even if Medical Coding is not your ultimate educational goal, it can be a great stepping-stone to consider for those interested in:

  • Nursing
  • Case Managers
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Hospital Administration
  • Medical and Health Services Managers

For more information contact Sue Buie at sbuie@alaska.edu, or call (865) 456-0789

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Further Reading

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)  (www.aapc.com)

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) (www.ahima.org)

Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (www.pahcs.org)

National Healthcareer Association (www.nhanow.com)