Medical Office Programs

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

Certified Medical Administrative Assistants, Billing, Coding and Electronic Health Record Specialists are a vital part of today’s healthcare system.  With vast amounts of information passing through medical offices every day, specialists are in demand to keep it organized and coded, allowing doctors to be as up to date as possible with their patients.  Employment in health information technology occupations is expected to grow 20 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While job prospects as a whole are quite favorable, the BLS specifically references certification as a preference among many potential employers for these occupations. Coastal Carolina Community College offers entry and advanced level certifications, each of which can be completed in less than six months.

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS certification through NHA)

The focus of this course is to provide step-by-step, hands-on instruction using a fully integrated, certified Practice Management and Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution. It will cover how the electronic health record impacts the job responsibilities of the medical assistant; the regulatory compliance standards (HIPAA, ARRA, and Meaningful Use) that govern the EHR. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to take NHA’s national certification examination for CEHRS on campus.

Prerequisites:

  • Medical Terminology or healthcare work experience
  • Strong computer skills are essential
  • An understanding of basic medical coding (ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS) is helpful
  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent required.
  • TABE reading test score of 10.0 required and results must be presented upon registration.

Course Length: 96 hours

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA certification through NHA)

Also referred to as Medical Office Secretary or Medical Office Assistant, the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) will perform routine administrative tasks to help the doctor’s office run efficiently. CMAA’s review and answer calls and correspondences, operate computer systems and office equipment, schedule appointments, greet patients, maintain files, update and manage patient information. Course topics covered are healthcare industry information, medical terminology, communication skills, administrative duties, office and financial procedures, Scope of Practice, HIPAA, basic information on medical coding, billing, and insurance. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be prepared to take NHA’s national certification examination for CMAA on campus.

Prerequisites:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • TABE reading test score of 10.0 required and results must be presented upon registration

Course Length: 142 hours

ICD-10CM (Proficiency Exam through AAPC)

This course is designed for students completing the Medical Coding Specialist in December 2015, and for Medical Coders, who didn’t take AAPC Proficiency Exam to date. ICD-10-CM is used to classify disease data from inpatient and outpatient records, including provider-based records. This course will provide the experienced outpatient physician ICD-9-CM Coder with the principles/guidelines necessary to appropriately and effectively assign ICD-10-CM codes to a variety of diseases. This course prepares students to take the Proficiency Exam online with AAPC.

Prerequisites: Medical Coding Specialist or Workforce Coding experience

Course Length: 24 hours

Medical Terminology

This six-week course has been designed to prepare the student to enter various Medical Office Programs. The class includes the study of medical anatomy, terminology, and pathology of the 12 body systems. It also includes common diagnostic and treatment procedures performed by health professionals.

Prerequisites: TABE reading test score of 10.0 required and results must be presented at registration.

Course Length: 96 hours

Medical Billing Specialist 2016 (CPB certification through AAPC)

Medical Billing Specialists are in high demand. Healthcare providers seek highly skilled individuals to understand medical insurance, the claims process, the appeals process, and the impact on the practice’s revenue gives the Medical Billing Specialist the tools to optimize the practice’s revenue. Successful completion of this program will prepare the student to take the AAPC national certification examination for CPB and work in a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, facility, other healthcare entity, or as a claims examiner for insurance carriers.

Prerequisites:

  • TABE reading test score of 10.0 required and results must be presented upon registration.
  • Medical Terminology 96 hours
  • Medical Coding Specialist course or healthcare work experience is most beneficial.

Course Length: 96 hours

Medical Coding Specialist (CPC certification through AAPC)

The class includes Basic Medical Coding, Introduction to Medical Insurance, Advanced Medical Coding to include CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10, National Exam Certification Preparation, and Employability Skills. Certified Professional Coders work in physician’s offices, clinics, other outpatient healthcare facilities, or insurance companies to process health insurance claims. Successful completion of this program will prepare the student to take the AAPC national certification examination for CPC and work in a medical coding department at a physician’s office, clinic, facility, other healthcare entity.

Prerequisites:

  • TABE reading test score of 10.0 required and results must be presented upon registration.
  • Medical Terminology or healthcare work experience

Course Length: 284 hours

IMPRESSIVE FACTS: On campus Medical Coding Specialist students pass the AAPC national board the first time with higher board scores than the national average.

Medical Coding Exam Prep Boot Camp (CPC certification through AAPC)

Hit the ground coding as you prepare for American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Examination. This course will benefit students completing their associates in Medical Office Administration and those who may have completed a Medical Coding program but need more preparation for the CPC Exam. This course will focus on Diagnostic Procedural Coding guidelines manifested through accurate use of the CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS manuals. The majority of this course will be the practical usage of codes in a wide variety of scenarios and drills. The AAPC CPC exam is schedule immediately following the course. This course is only offered once a year.

Prerequisite: Completion of Medical Office Administration AA Degree or CE Medical Coding Specialist

Course Length: 50 hours