Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program Curriculum Guide
The information contained within this curriculum guide is the official Medical Coding
& Reimbursement Program Policies and Procedures. It is the student’s responsibility
to keep updated on any program changes.
The Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program is offered completely online. It is a
collegiate program leading to a Certificate in Medical Coding & Reimbursement; the
program prepares students to assume responsibilities of billers, coders and practice
management staff within provider-based settings and elsewhere. These duties and responsibilities
include providing revenue cycle support, promoting compliance with regulatory standards,
professional medical billing and/or coding duties, among others. The curriculum includes
course work in the supporting sciences and the core program requirements. Interested
students should contact the Medical Coding & Reimbursement Academic Program Coordinator
or an Advisor for additional information.
The preferred method of contact is via e-mail
- Advising: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kristi Couch, RHIA, CPC, CCA, CHP, CHA
- Medical Coding & Reimbursement Academic Program Coordinator
- Email: Kcouch0033@kctcs.edu
- Phone: 502.213.2221
- Bryan Peebles, RHIT
- Allied Health Division Office: 502.213.4296
- Program Web Site:
- College Web Site:
- Mailing Address:
Medical Coding & Reimbursement/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Health Science Hall, room 452
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Admission Policies and Procedures:
The student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person
on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center.
- Admission to the College does not imply admission to any specific program.
- An Admissions Application may be found on the college website.
The Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program does not currently have a selective admissions
However, the expectations are that students shall have:
- Successfully completed pre-requisite courses, for example FYE 105
- Pre-requisite courses are: FYE 105; Computer Literacy Course (IT100, CIS100 or CIT105)
- AHS 115; BIO 135 (these 2 courses could also be taken while taking HIT 100
- Meet with an Advisor and complete an APP
- Request Academic Program Coordinator’s permission via email to register for HIT100
and MBS110 and MBS120
Note: Admission preference may be given to veterans of military service and their spouses
and families. Jefferson Community and Technical College will give admission preference
to veterans of military service and their spouses and families.
The Medical Coding & Reimbursement Specialist works to promote, maintain and improve
the management of health care data within organizations. Computerization, on-going
legislative reforms, information and data needs within the industry, advances in medical
practice and the need to contain health care costs while practices strive to optimize
reimbursement have resulted in an increased demand for certified coding and billing
specialists. All applicants should possess:
- Sufficient visual acuity, such as needed to read and assess patient medical records;
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive and interpret verbal communication from
individuals and groups;
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to perform business machine, office and
- Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement health care
coding and reimbursement functions.
According to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law, it is a student’s personal
decision to disclose a disability. If students choose to disclose a disability, by
college policy, they will be directed to the Disability Resource Center. By law,
all reasonable accommodations will be made. Students with disabilities who require
accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this program
must contact the Access Ability Resource Center (Student Disability Services) at 502-213-2375
before the start of the semester. Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from
the professor or instructor.
Minimum Requirements Established by the Senate Rules for admission into the Applicant
Preference may be given to:
- Students with contemporary experience(s) in medical coding and billing;
- Students with promising insight into health care revenue industry;
- Students well-qualified to attempt certification exams;
- Students with a grade of “C” or better in pre-requisite courses.
It is important to note, at present the Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program has
a non-competitive admission policy. However, not all students interested in the program
may qualify to enter. The academic standards of KCTCS shall be upheld throughout
the admissions and graduation process.
Application Process and Deadlines:
- Step 1: Apply to Jefferson Community & Technical College;
- Step 2: Schedule a meeting with an Advisor
- Step 3: Establish an Academic Progress Plan (APP) with an Advisor;
- Step 4: Follow the APP when registering for courses in current and future semesters.
Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines:
- Follow the Academic Program Plan (APP) for Medical Coding & Reimbursement;
- Register for physician coding certification through either the American Academy of
Professional Coders (AAPC) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
at the beginning of the final semester of study; as an alternative, students may take
an entrylevel certification offered by AHIMA, the Certified Coding Associate (CCA);
- Participate in all coding certification preparatory efforts.
Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary
institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is eligible to sit for professional
coder credentialing examinations offered by either the American Academy of Professional
Coders (AAPC) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Coding practitioners are not currently required to hold a license of any sort in order
to gain or maintain employment in the industry. However, coder certification has
been shown to improve marketability, increase career viability and significantly impact
salary and qualification for promotion.
Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown
Campus Financial Aid Office.
- Tuition information is available on-line at the college’s website.
- Book costs will vary based upon the specific Academic Program Plan of each student.
- Cost of Certification exams through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
that includes one (1) free re-take; certification exams through the American Health
Information Management Association (AHIMA) cost for the Certified Coding Associate
(CCA) and for the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P).
- Students also incur costs of any additional certifications for which he/she is qualified
and elects to pursue.
- Developmental Course Work
- Students needing developmental math courses cannot take collegiate math and/or science
courses until they successfully complete their development courses. Students needing
developmental English or Reading can only take a computer class until developmental
classes are completed successfully.
- Placement/Assessment Testing
- The ACT and Compass math scores are only good for two (2) years and the English scores
are only good for five (5) years. If they are older, you must be Compass tested again
for that section.
- Other Requirements
- Students are required to join a professional association during their studies.
- Course Time Limitations
- Medical Coding & Reimbursement Program faculty shall review and grant course credit
commensurate with both previously completed academic work and the standards and policies
of Jefferson Community & Technical College; guidance shall be garnered from the Division
Chair of Allied Health for any unique academic situations.
- FYE 105 Computer Literacy IT 100: Computer Literacy (3) OR CIT 105: Introduction to Computing (3) OR CIS 100: Introduction to Computers (3)
- Anatomy & Physiology BIO 135: Basic Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4) (Recommended)
OR BIO 137: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) – Part I (must take 139 if BIO 137 is taken)
- *BIO 139: Human Anatomy & Physiology II --- Part II (4) [NOTE: Only students who have
taken BIO 137 previous semester]
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY COURSE:
- AHS 115: Medical Terminology (3) OR CLA 131: Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin (3) OR OST 103: Medical Officer Terminology (3)
Progression in the Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Program is contingent
upon achievement of a grade of C or greater in each course and maintenance of a 2.0
cumulative grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale)
The following is an example to follow in taking courses:
- Fall Semester :
- BIO 135: (4 credit hours) OR BIO 137 and BIO 139
- AHS 115: Medical Terminology (3)
- MBS 100: Introduction to the Health Care Field (2) OR HIT 100 OR HST 102: Healthcare Delivery and Management (3)
- MBS 110: Medical Insurance and Claims Processing (6)
- Spring Semester:
- MBS 120: Coding for Reimbursement (4credit hrs) - CPT coding first 8 weeks
- MBS 120: Coding for Reimbursement (4 credit hrs) - ICD coding second 8 weeks
- An elective of choice (needed to meet financial aid requirements)
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, national origin, age religion, marital status, sex or handicap in
employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational
Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation act of 1973.