This is a 4-credit self-directed practicum where the medical coding and billing specialist student will have the opportunity to learn to become proficient in the field of medical coding and billing. The student will learn by way of conversational language and step-by-step instruction to abstract information from medical charts, code it for the proper reimbursement and bill it by completing the right documents and forms. The preparatory courses that lead to the practicum prepare the student with the knowledge and tools to complete the self-directed practicum with confidence and expertise. A HIPAA training course with presentation of a certificate of completion is also part of this course. This is considered a capstone course as it is reflective of and utilizes learning from all courses taken throughout the course of the degree earned.
In order for the student to enroll in HSC 289, the student must be enrolled in the Medical Coding and Billing program. Students may begin the practicum after earning at least 30 program credits and a 2.0 grade point average. All students must apply to the internship and meet with the faculty internship advisor during the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to earn the internship credits.