Asnuntuck Community College Certified Professional Coding Program

Learning Experience Reviewed 2015 

  • Certified Professional Coding

Credit Recommendation

  • CPT Coding Procedures and Applications: 4 credits, lower division level
  • Electronic Health Records: 3 credits, lower division level
  • ICD-10 Coding Procedures: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Health Insurance and Computerized Medical Billing: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Medical Law and Ethics: 2 credits, lower division level
  • Survey of Medical Terminology: 2 credits, lower division level
  • Survey of Anatomy and Physiology: 2 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates

May 2010 through May 2020

Source of Records

Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, Connecticut

About the Reviewed Program

The Certified Professional Coder Program is a 524 hour program that prepares students to acquire the necessary skills for a career in medical coding. Upon successful completion of the course work, students will become eligible to become nationally certified as CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice) by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

How to Apply for the Credit


Coding Procedures and Applications: 4 credits, lower division level
This course is designed to identify the purpose of the CPT manual and to allow students to convert descriptions of medical, surgical, and diagnostic services into numerical codes. Upon completion, students will be proficient in coding from all sections of the CPT manual. Students will learn to code Operative reports, Emergency Department re¬ports, Discharge Summaries, Clinic and Office Chart notes, Radiology Reports, and CT Scan reports. At the end of the course students will be given a mock CPC certification exam as well as in-depth CPC review to fully prepare them for certification.

Electronic Health Records: 3 credits, lower division level
Upon completion of this course, the student will feel prepared and confident working with EHR. Students will receive theory and practical applications of EHR. Applications are integrated throughout each chapter, allowing the students to practice with actual software and reinforce key concepts. Students will be required to complete Chapter Review Activities to assess their knowledge of the material and gain experience using the software. 

ICD-10 Coding Procedures: 3 credits, lower division level
This course will outline the improvements in the content and format of the I-10. The structures of the new system and the cross reference to find corresponding diagnosis codes between the two code sets will be covered. This course will cover the 21 chapters of ICD-10-CM as well as the official coding guidelines to properly document medical necessity

Health Insurance and Computerized Medical Billing: 3 credits, lower division level
This course will cover such topics as the qualifications of a health insurance specialist and employment opportunities. Students will be introduced to insurance terminology, the different types of insurance plans, and concepts such as fee-for-service versus capitation plans. Students will be proficient in completing CMS-1500 insurance forms. Students will receive updated information reflecting the changes in the federal regulations and payer guidelines as well as Medicare Parts A-D and Medicare Advantage.  Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge of computerized medical account management and develop the necessary skills to work with confidence in a medical office. Students will have hands-on experience inputting patient information, scheduling appointments, doing day-to-day billing, and filing reports and insurance claims.

Medical Law and Ethics: 2 credits, lower division level
The legalities and ethical behavior associated with the medical practice or facility are discussed with emphasis on the legal and ethical responsibilities of health care practitioners. Federal regulations and guidelines pertinent to medical practices are reviewed. Students will develop an understanding of dealing with patients within a professional code of ethics. Fraud and the legal implications of fraud will be discussed as well as the DHHS and OIG.

Survey of Medical Terminology: 2 credits, lower division level
The goal of this course is acquire basic medical terminology for students who will be entering into a medical profession. Standard roots, suffixes, and prefixes will be covered. Terms associated with each body system as well as common diseases to each body system will be covered. Anatomy and Physiology will be covered in order to make learning more interesting and the terms associated with each body system more easily understood. Correct spelling with be emphasized.

Survey of Anatomy and Physiology: 2 credits, lower division level
This course is a basic study of the structure and functions of the human body. It is designed to provide fundamental knowledge of how each system functions. The anatomy and physiology of the Integumentary system, the Central Nervous and Peripheral systems will be discussed. The Skeletal system and the Muscular system will also be covered. Blood, Cardiovascular, and the Digestive system as well and the anatomy of the ear and eye will be discussed. Disorders and medical treatments, particular to each system will be highlighted. 

About the Review

This review was funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HLSCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. HLSCI is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.