Medical Coding

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.

Key Benefits

  • 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, ICD–10–CM and HCPCS diagnosis code sets.
  • 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

Key Skills
Certifications
Courses
Employment
Careers
Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
  • Key Skills

    In the PTI Medical Coding Program you will learn key skills such as:

    • Chart abstracting
    • Interpreting medical records
    • Assigning five-digit ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM numeric and alphanumeric 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 and ICD-10-CM code sets
    • Using the manual to access the CPT and the HCPCS code sets
    • Using industry software to access the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM code sets, 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
  • Certifications

    • 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 reimburses the cost of the exam to students who earn certification on either their first or second attempt.
  • Courses

    PROGRAM CONCENTRATION
    Medical Terminology
    This course introduces the student to the language of medicine. Using a systemic approach, students learn roots, prefixes, suffixes and combining forms to build a usable medical vocabulary. Abbreviations common to body systems will be discussed.
    Anatomy and Physiology 1
    This course introduces the student to concepts of anatomy and physiology. This course includes an introduction to structural units of the body, cellular function, and basic pharmacological principles. Systems to be examined include: the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous, sensory system, reproductive system.
    Anatomy and Physiology 2
    This course continues the systemic review of concepts of anatomy and physiology. Systems to be examined include: the endocrine, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary system.
    Diseases and Diagnostic Methods
    This course examines the etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of selected diseases and disorders of each body system. The subjects of congenital abnormalities, pediatric illnesses, and pain and its management are included.
    Foundation of Health Insurance
    This course will introduce the student to the history of health insurance. The student will be introduced to government healthcare plans and legal and regulatory requirements that govern physician billing.
    Diagnostic and Procedural Coding for Physicians 1
    This course is designed to teach students the basic principles of ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2, ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, and CPT-4 procedural coding. The student will be provided with hands-on experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation. This course is part one of a three-part course.
    Computerized Practice Management and EHR
    This multimedia learning course uses Medisoft software that covers all aspects of computerized registration and patient accounts management performed in the medical office. Tasks include creating patient accounts, patient scheduling, charge entry, insurance and patient payment applications, various types of adjustments, and insurance and patient collections. This courses also introduces the student to the electronic health record (EHR) software, including documenting in an EHR.
    Diagnostic and Procedural Coding for Physicians 2
    This course builds on the knowledge gained in Diagnosis and Procedure Coding for Physicians and Hospitals 1. This course is designed to teach students intermediate coding for ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2, ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, and CPT-4 procedural coding. The student will be provided with hands-on experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation. This course is part two of a three-part course. Prerequisite: MED151.
    Diagnostic and Procedural Coding for Physicians 3
    This course continues the student’s study of ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2, ICD-10-CM, and CPT-4 coding systems. This course also introduces students to HCPCS coding. Students will be provided with hands-on experience through application of coding principles with examples and exercises based on actual case documentation. This course is part three of a three-part course. Prerequisite: MED151.
    Healthcare Delivery in the Medical Office
    This course introduces the student to the operating functions and departmental responsibilities in physician offices, clinics, and urgent care centers. The student will become familiar with how coding responsibilities are connected to many other functions within an organization. Students will also learn to properly communicate with both internal and external customers and also learn professionalism skills.
    Chart Abstracting
    This course introduces the student to advanced coding for both diagnoses and procedures by reviewing medical records. Students will become familiar with reading and interpreting medical record information and coding from medical records. The course also covers coding scenarios independently without previous textbook explanations. The student will receive simulated real-world experience to code independently with instructor-led facilitation. Prerequisites: MED106, MED151, MED161, MED171.
    Auditing and National Exam Preparation
    This course builds on the knowledge learned in Diagnostic and Procedure Coding for Physicians 1, 2, and 3. It introduces the student to auditing medical records. The student will become familiar with auditing techniques and learn how to present audit finding to healthcare providers. This course also prepares students for the national coding exam with reviews of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease, health insurance reimbursement and regulatory guidelines, coding guidelines, and coding diagnoses and procedures from medical records. This course is taken in conjunction or after MED312 Chart Abstracting. Prerequisites: MED106, MED151, MED161, MED171.
    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
  • Employment

    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
    • Hospitals
    • Insurance Companies
    • Medical Centers
    • Pharmacies
    • Physicians Offices
    • Public Health Agencies
    • Specialty Practices
    • Transcription Services
  • Careers

    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

    For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

    United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data


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