AAS in Medical Reimbursement and Coding
Bryant & Stratton College's Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement Coding program is designed to teach students about medical terminology for coders, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic coding, and other relevant topics. Students also have the option of choosing between a hospital or physician concentration. Read on to learn more about the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding here.
Official Program Name:
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding
School Offering Program:
Bryant & Stratton College
Applicants to the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding program should have strong problem-solving skills and an ability to pay attention to detail. Applicants to Bryant & Stratton College Online's program should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement & Coding program is not available to NY & OH residents at this time.
Students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding program have an opportunity to learn about medical terminology, medical terminology for coders, introduction to coding, diagnostic coding, and coding compliance and ethics. Additionally, there is an option to choose between two concentrations. Currently these are a hospital emphasis and a physician emphasis. General education courses are required and graduates of the degree program are qualified to sit for national coding certification exams administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Bryant & Stratton College's financial aid advisors are available to help students determine what kind of financial aid they may be eligible for, including federal grants, student loans, and scholarships. Once eligibility is determined, advisors can help students fill out forms and apply for the appropriate forms of aid.
Required Courses for an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding:
Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Bryant & Stratton College Online to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program:
Medical Reimbursement and Coding Major
- MRC 100 : Medical Terminology for Coders
- or AHLT 100: Medical Terminology
- or MAAT 100: Medical Terminology
- MRC 105: Anatomy & Physiology for Coders
- or AHLT 120: Anatomy and Physiology I
- and AHLT 125: Anatomy & Physiology II
- or MAAT 120: Anatomy & Physiology I
- and MAAT 125: Anatomy & Physiology II
- MRC 115: Introduction to Coding
- MRC 135: Diagnostic Coding: ICD-9-CM
- MRC 145: Coding Compliance & Ethics
Liberal Art Courses
- COMM 150: Introduction to Information Literacy and Research
- COMM 201: Public Speaking and Rhetorical Persuasion
- ENGL 101: Research and Writing I
- ENGL 250: Research and Writing II
- INSM 180: History and Practice of Information Systems
- MATH 103: Survey of Mathematics
- PHIL 250: Practices in Analytic Reasoning and Critical Thinking
- PSYC 101: Principles of Psychology
- SOSC 102: Principles of Sociology
Students must choose either Physician or Hospital specialty:
- MRCP 200: Diagnostic Coding for Physician Services
- MRCP 220: Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System Level I and Level II
- MRCP 240: Evaluation and Management Services
- MRCP 280: Coding Practicum: Physician Coder
- MRCP 289: Virtual Career: Physician Coder
- MRC 260: Internship / Capstone Experience
- MRCH 210: Inpatient Diagnostic Coding
- MRCH 230: Introduction to Inpatient Procedural Coding
- MRCH 250: Advanced Inpatient Procedural Coding
- MRCH 290: Coding Practicum: Hospital Coder
- MRCH 299: Virtual Career: Hospital Coder
- MRC 260: Internship / Capstone Experience
*Note: Students may be scheduled in pre-college courses based upon their placement evaluation scores and past academic history.
Furthering Your Education:
Graduates who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding program could pursue a bachelor's degree in a closely related field. Generally bachelor's degrees are not offered in the medical reimbursement and coding field, but graduates who wish to continue their studies can choose to pursue a bachelor's degree in health information technology or health informatics. Some of the courses that may be found in a health informatics degree program include health data management, classification systems, health care management, and medical and legal aspects. Some possible degree programs could include:
- Bachelor of Science in Health Information Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics
Graduates who have finished the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Reimbursement and Coding program have an opportunity to pursue entry-level opportunities with a wide range of employers. The type of employer depends largely upon the specialization chosen. However, some potential employers could include hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and outpatient care centers. Job candidates should be able to demonstrate an attention to detail and strong organizational and communication skills. Some entry-level careers that graduates could pursue include:
- Medical coding specialist
- Health information technician
- Medical office assistant
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
About Bryant & Stratton College
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college delivering outcomes based education and training through a flexible, contemporary curriculum in a personalized environment. The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skill Center. For over 155 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing real world education leading to bachelor's and associate's degrees and professional certificates in the fields of healthcare, technology, legal, business, & graphic design. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit http://www.bryantstratton.edu/disclosures. General information can also be found on the College's website at http://www.bryantstratton.edu.
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