AH 138 - Basic Procedure Coding
3 Semester Hour Credits
Course Description: The course is designed to provide students with medical coding skills. The focus of the class is on CPT-4 coding.
Schedule: Fall, Spring, and Summer. This course is offered in eight-week sessions, three times during the year. Sessions start at the beginning of fall semester, at the beginning of spring semester, and at the beginning of summer term.
Delivery Method: Online. Students are not expected to come to the campus at any time.
Prerequisite Courses: AH 171and AH 134
Instructor: Melissa Coleman
Contact Information: Faculty Directory
Textbook: Book Information through the DCB Bookstore.
Other Materials: None.
Course Objectives: It is expected that students will be able to:
- Describe the use of codes, modifiers, and symbols found in the coding book.
- Understand the differences among the sections of the CPT manual as well as how the sections are related.
- Follow the guidelines found in each chapter and apply the rules of correct coding.
- Explain how to communicate with physicians, and demonstrate what is needed to successfully code a procedure note.
Exams - Policies & Procedures:
- The student is expected to complete all assignments and tests in a timely manner; assignments and tests must be completed in the order that they are presented.
- The student is expected to complete all section and chapter reviews, even though these reviews will not be graded.
- The student is expected to communicate with other students and instructor via course mail or discussions when it is required.
- Five tests on the chapters covered during the term will be given. Additionally, a Final Exam consisting of 20 random questions from previous assignments or tests will be given on week 8. Because of the eight-week schedule, this will amount to a test about every week. Tests will cover two to four chapters at a time and will be about 10 to 20 questions each. Scores on your tests will be combined with scores on your assignments to make up your total grade. Tests will allow only 1 attempt and they are not adaptive. Students will only be permitted to submit one answer.
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