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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Medical Billing and Coding, Diploma

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Medical Billing and Coding is one of the fastest-growing medical office specialties. Students learn to translate medical diagnoses and procedures into numbers or codes for reimbursement and statistical purposes.

This program is designed for those who choose to work in a variety of healthcare settings.

In addition to the diploma, there are certification options for Medical Billing and Coding professionals, depending upon the desired career path.  Certifications will enhance the diploma.  Credentials may require work experience prior to certification and continuing education hours to maintain certification.  Costs and qualifications vary.

The Medical Billing and Coding program utilizes a background check service to conduct criminal background/abuse checks. Immunizations and a physical exam are required prior to placement at professional practice sites. Students are responsible for the cost of this service. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participation in the professional practice experience.

To successfully complete this program, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0-grade point average. A grade of “C” or better is required in the first course of a sequential course offering before enrolling in the second- level course of the sequence or in a prerequisite course.

For more information about the Medical Billing and Coding diploma, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/mos.

Program Details

Locations: Ankeny, Online

Students may start this program any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0-grade point average and receive a “C” or better in all MAP, HSC, HIT, and BCA courses.

Semester 2

Option 2 - Select 3 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 46

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 500 500 500
Supplies 15 15 15
Background Check/Immunization Tracker   60  
Immunizations  150   220

Approximate total cost for the program: $9,979**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Competency in keyboarding, English, grammar, spelling and proofreading.
  • Basic math skills
  • Computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and verbal).
  • Detail oriented, ability to multi-task, and conduct research

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • This is an expanding field in health care.
  • The potential for remote coding for experienced coders.
  • Salary per Iowa Workforce Development Iowa Wage Report 2019. https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/iowa-wage-report
    • Entry wage: $31,361/year
    • Average wage:  $41,255/year
    • With experience:  $46,202/year

Program Competencies

  1. Explain the importance of the role of a Medical Billing and Coding professional in today’s healthcare setting.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, .
  3. Apply concepts of ICD and CPT coding manuals.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of elements required for research and outcomes
  5. Display ability to problem solve
  6. Interpret data from medical records and practice management software
  7. Apply medical insurance guidelines and practices.
  8. Explain medical law and ethics including applicable healthcare regulations.
  9. Utilize specific computer hardware and software.
  10. Communicate effectively using verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills.
  11. Demonstrate professionalism and commitment to the field.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)

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