Medical Administrative Coder

Associate Degree

The Medical Administrative Coder of Applied Science degree provides educational opportunities for those interested in working wherever knowledge of medical terminology and professional procedures and ethics are required. Examples include physician practices, large healthcare and allied health organizations such as clinics, hospitals, medical foundations, insurance companies, medical billing companies, medical publishers, research organizations, and medical product manufacturers. Medical Administrative Coder students receive specialized training in medical ethics, records management, medical terminology, human anatomy, health insurance, medical billing, medical transcription, medical coding Microsoft Office Suites software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the medical and legal aspects of healthcare office practices including confidentiality of health records, release of information, patients' rights, use of health records as legal evidence, informed consent, malpractice, as well as agency, physician, and employee liability.
  • Apply medical language and American Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)) formatting guidelines in all written communication.
  • Produce quality medical documents.
  • Demonstrate the following professional traits while working in a healthcare office environment: dependability, punctuality, responsibility, acceptable appearance, sound judgment, ethical behavior, flexibility, and adaptability.
  • Apply medical coding principles and guidelines for coding, billing, and reimbursement in outpatient settings at entry level proficiency.
  • Use computers as tools for solving problems, collecting data, managing and communicating information, presenting ideas, and making decisions, as well as using all forms of telecommunications effectively.
  • Use appropriate English skills in written and oral communications, as well as skills in listening to demonstrate effective communication integral to maintaining rapport with coworkers and clients.
  • Use reference materials to research information.
  • Apply analytical skills in solving problems, collecting data, managing and communication information, presenting ideas, and making decisions.

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Medical Secretary
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Medical Coders (physician billing)
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical Records Technician/Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Voucher Clerk/Underwriting Clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Medical Insurance Biller
  • Medical Clerk/Typist
  • Clinic Clerk/Hospital Clerk/Admissions Clerk
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
160-113 Health Insurance 3
160-120 Medical Terminology for Coding 3
106-127 Administrative Office Communications 3
106-181 Office Professionalism 3
801-195 Written Communication 3
Semester 2
160-114 Healthcare Records Management 3
160-136 Patient Billing and Reimbursement 4
160-185 Medical Microsoft Office Suites 3
804-123 Math with Business Applications 3
806-194 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology 3
Semester 3
160-105 Medical Editing and the Electronic Medical Record 3
160-118 Pharmacology for Medical Administrative Coder 2
530-150 Medical Office Coding I 4
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Semester 4
160-103 Medical Transcription 4
160-109 Medical Office Administration 3
160-124 Supervised Occupational Experience-Medical Office 1
530-103 Medical Office Coding II 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Total Credits60

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-196Oral/Interpersonal Communication3
804-123Math with Business Applications3
806-194Survey of Anatomy and Physiology3
809-166Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Medical Administrative Coder career path (PDF).