Associate in Science
This program prepares students for entry-level positions in medical coding and billing. Duties include creating electronic health records and coding accurately. Students will be able to analyze and revise patient data while maintaining the integrity and protecting the privacy of health information. Responsibilities also include performing computer tasks in electronic health records systems and other software applications. This medical office professional will be able to work in a variety of medical environments such as physician practices, hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies. Upon successful completion of this program, individuals will be eligible to take a national exam to become Certified Professional Coders through the American Academy of Professional Coders. For more information, call the Program Coordinator, Lucille Flores at (203) 285-2177 or e-mail LFlores@gatewayct.edu.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
Apply coding knowledge using coding guidelines from ICD-10, CPT-4, and HCPCS
Utilize and apply medical terminology in relation to the human body
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with medical professionals and office personnel
Understand the HIPAA regulations and guidelines that apply to health records and the release of protected health
informaiton and patient confidentiality and privacy
Recognize the importance of healthcare documentation in meeting the legal and ethical requirements as it relates
to patient care
Create and process medical claims, along with the understanding of billing and collecton procedures
Perform computer tasks in Electronic Health Records system and other software applications.