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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Insurance and Coding

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Medical Insurance and Coding is one of the fastest-growing medical office specialties and promises to increase in importance. Students learn to transform medical diagnoses and procedures into numbers or codes for purpose of reimbursement and record keeping.

This certificate program is designed for those who choose to work in a variety of medical settings including hospitals and medical centers, government facilities, insurance companies and home offices.

It is ideal for and designed for the individual who has previous medical experience and wants to develop skills that are “best of practice.” Courses are offered online or late afternoon and evening. In addition, this certification can be earned in coordination with the Medical Office Specialist program.

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. This includes HSC 120  , BCA 160  and MAP 141  .

For more information about the Medical Insurance and Coding certificate, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/adminmed.

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Attend any required information/registration session.
  3. Satisfy the required admissions assessments.
  4. Complete the required ACCUPLACER assessment obtaining a Sentence Skills score of 82 or above, or ACT writing score of 19 or higher, or completion of ENG 060 with a grade of “B” or higher or program chairperson approval.
  5. Keyboarding speed of 25 NWP or above as demonstrated by a five-minute test.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Medical Insurance and Coding certificate, 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, MTR, HSC, and BCA courses.


(Students must demonstrate a keyboarding speed of 25 NWPM or above by taking a five-minute test before enrolling in BCA 160 .)

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 30

Note: Graduates may sit, at their own expense, for the Certified Coding Associates designation through the American Health Information Management Association.

The majority of credits listed above are applicable to the AAS degree in Medical Office Specialist  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 888 752
Supplies   15   15

Approximate total for program: $6,200**

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

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Competency in keyboarding, English, grammar, spelling and proofreading.
  • Computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and verbal).
  • Attention to detail.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • This is an expanding field in health care.
  • Some positions are available out of your home (for experienced coders).
  • It may take more than two semesters to complete this program.

Nondiscrimination Statement

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Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

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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, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574, dkmckittrick@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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