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Medical Data Technology

The Medical Data Technology Program is a technical program designed to prepare students to work in medical office positions in doctors’ offices, health clinics, and other related organizations.

The program of study familiarizes the student with ICD and CPT Codes. The student will understand the importance of accurate, complete, and consistent coding practices for the production of quality healthcare data.

Requirements for Admission

Must meet all general admissions requirements (Refer to Admissions Procedures and Requirements, Hinds Community College catalog)

Students must provide an ACCUPLACER score. ACCUPLACER, Residual ACT assessment, and/or national ACT assessment are the placement tests used to place Hinds students in appropriate courses. One or both of these tests must be taken prior to registering for classes. Placement test results assist the institution in advising, placing, and admitting students in appropriate course levels that match their skills and help students succeed.

Major Courses Taught

  • Medical Terminology I and II
  • ICD Coding / CPT Coding
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Office Concepts
  • Medical Information Management
  • Medical Machine Transcription
  • Medical Insurance Billing
  • Advanced Coding

Occupational Skills Training

  • Comprehensive coverage and integration of basic business skills
  • Develop critical-thinking and problem solving skills for today's business world
  • Establish a foundation in medical terminology
  • Develop skills using accounting, transcription, and computer software applications
  • Apply guidelines of medical office appointment scheduling
  • Adhere to the ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification) coding conventions and official coding guidelines
  • Utilize skills, knowledge of currently mandated coding and classification systems, and official resources to select the appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes
  • Adhere to the CPT (Current Procedural Technology) coding conventions by the rules and guidelines established by the American Medical Association

Requirements for Graduation

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion of 73 semester credit hours of course work and the Career Planning and Assessment System Exam (MS-CPAS).

Additional Graduation Requirement: Any student (first-time, transfer, and part-time) who begins at Hinds Fall 2007 and later will be required to take LLS 1312 /RST 1312 / RSV 1312 - Orientation course in order to graduate from the College. Exception: Orientation credit (1-3 hrs) transferred to Hinds from another college will satisfy our orientation requirement.

Employment Opportunities

  • Coding Specialist
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Insurance Specialist
  • Medical Information Secretary
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Unit Secretary 
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