From physicians' offices to hospitals, insurance companies and public health organizations...
...There is a need for detailed, accurate individuals who can translate physical conditions, injuries and diseases, and the resulting physician evaluations, treatments, and prescriptions into the universal numeric language of coding for insurance billing and reimbursement. These professionals drive the economy of healthcare.
- PTI's Medical Coding program teaches the general rules of coding, then allows the student to specialize in coding for hospitals or coding for physicians.
- PTI medical coding students learn the universally used ICD–9–CM, CPT–4 and HCPCS diagnosis code sets.
- As graduates PTI medical coders will benefit from learning ICD–10 through brush–up courses when industry transitions at the beginning of October 2014.
- PTI has an advisory board of medical professionals that guides our curriculum so you learn what the healthcare field is looking for in skills and experience.
- PTI's comprehensive curriculum provides chart abstracting in three courses so students can read medical records, interpret them, and assign correct codes, a skill valuable to employers.
More about this program
In the PTI Medical Coding Program you will learn key skills such as:
- Chart abstracting
- Interpreting medical records
- Assigning five–digit ICD–9–CM numeric and alpha numeric codes for diagnoses as established by the World Health Organization and modified for use in the U.S. by Medicare
- Assigning current procedural terminology codes (CPT–4) for professional services as established by the AMA
- Assigning HCPCS codes for supplies and drugs as established by Medicare
- Using the manual to access the ICD–9–CM code set
- Using the manual to access the CPT and the HCPCS code sets
- Using ENCODER software to access the ICD–9–CM code set, the CPT code set and the HCPCS code set
- Auditing code assignments for accuracy
- Utilizing Medisoft, the physician office software
- Using Electronic Health Record software
- Anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
- Graduates can take the CPC, Certified Professional Coder, or the CPC–H, Certified Professional Coder – Hospital, national certification exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
- PTI pays the $70 fee for each student's AAPC membership, a requirement to take the national certification exam.
- PTI reimburses the cost of the exam to students who earn certification on either their first or second attempt.
- The Body in Sickness and Health 1, 2 and 3
- Computerized Medical Office Procedures
- Healthcare Delivery in the Medical Office
- Insurance Billing and Collections
- Coding for Physicians and Hospitals 1 and 2
- Reimbursement Methods and Regulatory Guidelines
- Information Management and Computerized Coding
- Chart Abstracting for Physicians and Hospitals and Coding Simulation
- Auditing for Physicians and Hospitals and National Exam Preparation
PTI Medical Coding graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:
- Ambulatory Care Centers
- Billing and Collection Agencies
- Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers
- Healthcare Consulting Firms
- Insurance Companies
- Medical Centers
- Physicians Offices
- Public Health Agencies
- Specialty Practices
- Transcription Services
PTI offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTI graduates include:
- Adagio Health
- Automated Physician Services
- CorVel Corporation
- Family Pathways
- Fenner Corporation
- Healthcare Management Providers
- Heritage Valley Health System
- Kindred Hospital
- McKesson Automated Healthcare
- Medical Billing and Management Services
- Medical Service Associates
- Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc.
- M. Leco & Associates
- Nuance Transcript Services
- Ohio Valley General Hospital
- Pediatric Alliance
- Trinity Health Systems
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
- Wallace C. Gauntner MD PC
- Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.
Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.
Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
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Program Information for 2013/14:
- Program Tuition and Fees: $18,160
- Estimated Cost of Books and Supplies: $2,000
- Housing Cost for 12 month agreement (excludes food): $7,500-$8,460
- On-Time Graduation Rate for 11/12: 95%
- Percentage of Available Graduates Working in Their Field of Study for 2011: 50%
- Percentage of Graduates Working Part-time for 2011: 8%
- Average Salary of Graduates Employed Full-time for 2011: $28,410
- Title IV Median Loan Debt for 11/12: $12,467
- Institutional Median Loan Debt for 11/12: $0