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MEDL (Medical)

Course Outcomes

MEDL-2350 - Medical Terminology

This course introduces medical, diagnostic, symptomatic and surgical terms. Literal definitions and spelling are stressed.  Lecture: 3 hours

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Identify and define medical word roots, combining forms, suffixes and prefixes
  • Define unfamiliar words by analyzing word elements
  • Develop proficiency pronouncing and spelling of medical words
  • Describe the major organ systems of the body
  • Describe the major diseases and disorders affecting each body system
  • Evaluate and interpret medical records

MEDL-2385 - International Classification of Diseases -Clinical Modifications ICD-CM

This course familiarizes students with the latest volume of the World Health Organization - International Classification of Diseases and Clinical Modification medical diagnostic codes (ICD-CM) manual. This course includes an overview of the format of the ICD-CM manual and is combined with an understanding of diagnostic coding fundamentals, medical coding conventions and guidelines. Note: Please seek permission of instructor to register if prerequisite is not met. Lecture: 3 hours

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of what ICD-CM is and the importance to patients, health care providers, insurance organizations and includes the personal and societal impact of ICD-CM coding
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the format and organization of the ICD-CM manual.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to identify a correct ICD-CM code based on a provider's diagnostic documentation.
  • Students will apply the proper coding process according to the ICD-CM official guidelines to identify appropriate diagnostic codes related to various diseases and conditions.
  • Students will apply proofreading skills via proper code analysis and selection of a diagnostic code related to various diseases and conditions.

MEDL-2390 - CPT Medical Insurance Coding

This course familiarizes students with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and modifiers along with their corresponding unique descriptions. Topics include use of guidelines, notes, index, appendices and modifiers and AMA documentation guidelines to ensure correct coding. OIG (Office of Inspector General) compliance for individual and small group physicians' practice is also included. (Prerequisites: MEDL-2350 and MEDL-2385) Lecture: 3 hours

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Describe HCPCS Coding Systems, Recognition/Differentiation
  • Understand format of CPT Manual
  • Recognize and apply code change icons to procedures and services
  • Navigate the CPT manual and apply proper codes to medical procedures from the Evaluation/Management, Medicine, Anesthesia, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, and Modifiers sections of the CPT manual
  • Application of codes learned to coding scenarios

MEDL-2410 - Medical Insurance Billing

This course prepares students for employment as medical insurance specialists in physicians' offices and clinics. Topics include the claim process, inpatient and outpatient billing, procedural coding and billing requirements of various health care providers.  (Prerequisites: MEDL-2385 and MEDL-2390) Lecture: 2 hours, Lab 1 hour

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Identify various types of third-party payers
  • Apply fee and diagnostic billing codes
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Handle transactions involving patient payment for services
  • Record information related to Workers’ Compensation Board and insurance billings
  • Apply proofreading skills
  • Prepare final-form financial documents for the medical environment
  • Meet deadlines

MEDL-2420 - Practical Applications in Professional Medical Coding

This course advances the student’s knowledge of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding (HCPC) code sets and outlines the application of the fundamentals of coding and documentation in the physician’s practice. This course prepares students for the American Academy of Professional Coders CPC Certification Examination. Prerequisite(s): MEDL 2385 and MEDL-2390 (may be taken concurrently) Lecture: 4 hours

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:  

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the CPT code set
  • Apply the fundamentals of coding and documentation in the physician’s practice
  • Define and discuss terminology, anatomy, and documentation guidelines related to various specialties in medicine
  • Prepare for the American Academy of Professional Coders’ CPC Certification Examination

MEDL-2430 - Electronic Medical Records and Practice Management

This course prepares students for employment within health care facilities. Topics include fundamentals of electronic medical records (EMR) management, integration of patient and provider information, clinical documentation, and effective office communication via an EMR system. This course will also prepare students to take the National Health Care Association’s Certified Electronic Health Records (CEHRS) Assessment to become CEHRS certified. Prerequisite(s): MEDL 2385 and MEDL-2390 (may be taken concurrently) Lecture: 3 hours.

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to register patient data and schedule patient appointments
  • Demonstrate the ability to post procedures in preparation of insurance billing
  • Demonstrate the ability to reconcile accounts receivables in posting charges, payments, adjustments, and finalizing the daily report

MEDL-2910 - Medical Cooperative Work Experience

This is a planned and supervised cooperative work experience. Students are placed in a medical office during their last semester for the purpose of observing the operations and routines of that office. The opportunity to perform tasks required in a medical office is provided. Students attend class on campus during weeks one through five then work approximately 13 hours a week in an approved cooperative work experience placement during weeks six through 15.  Lecture: 1 hour, Other: 13 hours

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills in self-assessment in order to make the right choices affecting their careers.
  • Develop good communication skills-listening; writing; and speaking
  • Devise strategies for building rapport in teamwork within a diverse workplace culture
  • Learn how to use critical thinking skills in problem solving
  • Develop techniques that build confidence in the resume writing and interviewing processes