This certificate prepares students for positions as medical coders and billers in a variety of healthcare settings or in other environments (e.g., billing services, consulting companies, insurance companies, or in their own homes). Many of the courses can be applied toward an MVCC Associate Degree. The number of applicable credits will depend on the degree program in which students are interested. Prerequisites to entering the Certificate in Allied Health Care: High school biology or its equivalent is recommended and High School Mathematics Course A or its equivalent is recommended. All incoming students must meet with the program coordinator before entering the program. Professional liability and accident insurance, available through the College, is required. Each professional practice experience site dictates the physical examination and/or immunization requirements for their site. Students may have to travel outside the Utica/Rome area to complete the professional practice experience(s). All costs incurred while enrolled in this program are the students responsibility.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare the students to communicate and interact effectively with consumers and members of the health care delivery team.
Students will communicate and interact effectively with instructors and peers through on-line interactions.
Students will communicate and interact effectively with consumers and health care delivery team at health related agency.
Students will demonstrate the ability to respect differences that may be a result of cultural heritage.
Goal 2 To prepare competent entry-level health information technicians (RHIT) in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) an affective (behavior) learning domains.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of appropriate legal and ethical behaviors.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
Student will demonstrate appropriate judgment to ensure confidentiality and security of health information.
Goal 3 To prepare students to pass a national credentialing examination. (except Health Unit Coordination).
Graduates of the program will successfully pass a national credentialing examination.
Graduates will demonstrate a pass rate for first time examinees, which meets or exceeds the National pass rate.
Goal 4 To prepare graduates to successfully secure employment in the health care field appropriate for their area of emphasis.
Graduates will be employed in the HIM field within 6 months of graduation.
Graduates are satisfied with the preparation provided by the program.
Employers of the graduates express satisfaction with the preparation provided by the program.
Goal 5 To prepare students to calculate and interpret health care data appropriate to their area of emphasis.
Students will demonstrate the ability to calculate performance standards and in some cases interpret health information data appropriate to their area of emphasis.
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
AH104 Prof Standards in Hlth Care
The course introduces ethical and trans-cultural issues encountered in healthcare. Examples of topics include value development, ethical theories and controversies, principles of confidentiality, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making. See when this course is offered ...
HC100 Intro to Health Care
This course introduces the field of healthcare for people interested in the field. Topics include an introduction to the healthcare delivery system, a brief historical overview of U.S. healthcare, healthcare settings and programs, members of the healthcare delivery team, roles of healthcare professionals, legal and professional ethics, healthcare organizations and agencies, medical record content, risk management, continuous quality improvement, epidemiology (morbidity and mortality), and interpersonal communication skills. See when this course is offered ...
IS101 Computer Apps & Concepts 1
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
MR103 Medical Terminology
This course concentrates on spelling, pronunciation, and the meaning of medical word components, common terms used in selected body systems, and medical abbreviations. See when this course is offered ...
AH207 Med Claims Management
The course introduces medical insurance billing, and credit and collection procedures. It provides an understanding of the insurance options and the laws governing the payers/insurers. Topics include preparing and reviewing claims forms, the significance of coding, electronic and computerized billing, and fraud and abuse. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
MR104 CPT Procedural Coding
This course introduces indexing conditions and procedures using the Current Procedural Terminology. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces the current prospective payment system(s). (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. See when this course is offered ...
MR105 Internatl Classificatn Sys
This course introduces indexing diseases and operations using the International Classification of Disease. It covers how to code from actual medical records and introduces DRGs and the Prospective Payment System. (Spring semester) Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. See when this course is offered ...
MR208 Pharm for Allied Health
This course covers the pharmacological, pathophysiological, therapeutic, and diagnostic aspects of medicine. It includes the concepts and medical word components for body systems and disorders encountered in healthcare. Discussions include pharmacological agents and the diagnostics test(s) used for disease processes, the selection of a particular pharmacological intervention, how its effectiveness is monitored using diagnostic interventions, and the value of laboratory tests. Prerequisite: MR103 Medical Terminology. (Spring semester) See when this course is offered ...
This course teaches rescue breathing, CPR, two-rescuer CPR, and automated external defibrillation (AED) skills. Students may complete certification from the American Heart Association basic life support (BLS) for healthcare providers. See when this course is offered ...
AH217 Prof Prac Exp-Med Clms Mgt
This course provides hands-on knowledge of medical claims management and procedures. The professional practice experience integrates the didactic component with the professional practice component. Medical claims are processed, with follow-up on unpaid balances and corporate compliance plan to avoid allegations of health care fraud and abuse. Prerequisites: BI206 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology, MR208 Pharmacology for Allied Health; and AH207 Medical Claims Management. (Summer semester) See when this course is offered ...