BU-916: Medical Coding and Billing I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BU-916 Medical Coding and Billing I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 2 lab hours

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

Students will learn current coding systems for medical diagnoses and procedures using the current edition of a coding or classification system such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) or Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). Coders may abstract information from a patient record to assign the correct codes(s).

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Medical Assistant

A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology

Certificate Program - Healthcare Administration

Certificate Program - Medical Office Assistant

Certificate Program - Office Administration Assistant

Certificate Program - Health Care Office Administration: Managing, Coding, and Billing­

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate basic comprehension of navigating a partially online course structure by obtaining the e-Learning Certificate offered on the QCC website (web-enhanced and PNET sections).

  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic medical terminology construction and identify body and organ systems by completing online vocabulary review assignments and quizzes.

  3. Students will begin preparation for the CCA (Certified Coding Associate) certification exam by completing practice questions using the Internet and course materials. This preparation will continue in the subsequent coding course.

  4. Students will abstract patient diagnoses from patient health record case studies and select the most specific diagnosis code(s) from the ICD-10 code set (manual or electronic).

  5. In order to make informed and ethical decisions in a healthcare setting, students will summarize and analyze current healthcare topics in written and/or verbal format, i.e., via discussion board or in-class presentation.

  6. Students will write a detailed blog reflecting on the usefulness of course tools offered and content covered, as well as how their own actions helped/hindered success in this course (PNET and web-enhanced sections.)

  7. Students will demonstrate understanding of coding guidelines and medical vocabulary via bi-weekly online quizzes and a final exam.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Participation

  2. Assignments

  3. Exams

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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