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Medical Information combines data management with the proper handling of sensitive medical records.

The Business Technology Medical Information program provides the fundamentals of health records management, billing information, and other data systems used in a health care industry environment.

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Ensuring Accuracy in Medical Data Management

The healthcare industry has seen record growth in the last few years, with steady expansion as the population ages and approaches retirement age. The need for a multi-skilled workforce is in high demand and our Health Occupations programs mirror current industry standards to prepare students to enter the workforce. 

If you enjoy problem-solving and prefer working in an administrative setting, a career in Medical Information might be right for you. Health Information Technicians ensure accuracy and proper management of patient information.

Clark's Medical Information program provides students with hands-on experience with advanced computer technology software commonly used by hospitals, medical clinics, and health care professionals. 


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians exist in a variety of formats: coder, medical records analyst, medical records clerk, and health information technician.

According to the U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Medical Records and Health Information Technician jobs growing at a rate of 14 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $21.83 per hour.

Degree Options

Medical Billing and Coding
The Business Technology Medical Information programs (BMED Department) at Clark College teach the business, computer and medical skills needed to succeed in high-demand and high-paying professions including Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Records, Health Information Technician and many more.

With the planned implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding system October 1, 2015, the expected need for Coders and Health Information Technicians will be the highest in recent history. Many hospitals will need two coders for every one they currently employ. Graduates of these certificates and/or degrees become eligible to obtain certification and apply for employment in these rewarding fields. The BMED programs teach both ICD-9 & ICD-10 and offer classes that utilize real-world applications such as electronic charting, Encoder, PCS, and AHIMA Virtual Labs.

BMED courses are not limited entry and students may begin the coursework any term.
Medical Billing/Coding Specialist (CP)
Training in medical billing includes the processing of insurance claims and basic health information procedures. Coding training includes Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM), Procedural Coding System (PCS), and additional inpatient and outpatient billing and coding procedures. Legislative changes to the billing and coding environment are also addressed.

Graduates have highly marketable skills that provide opportunities for advancement in the medical industry.

This program is open-entry and you may begin taking classes in this rewarding and fulfilling field any term.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 133
INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL CODING
5 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 226
MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
or BMED 250
MEDICAL OFFICE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
BMED 233
INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT NAVIGATION & ADVOCACY
5 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
or HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
Recommended Elective (Not Required)
BMED 140
LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION
2 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 67-68
Refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate use of medical office software to complete medical office tasks (billing and coding).
  • Apply policies and principles of medical reimbursement.
  • Accurately code using ICD-9 and CPT coding principles.
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task. (affective)
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications. (affective and psychomotor)
  • Accurately process medical billing claims
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
Medical Billing/Coding Professional (AAT)
The Medical Billing/Coding AAT trains students in both inpatient and outpatient coding and billing. Graduates of this program are highly trained in billing, coding, and health information, and are prepared to sit for billing and coding certification exams. In addition, students will earn their Associate of Applied Technology degree. Graduates of this program can work in a variety of settings and have opportunities for growth and advancement.

Students in this program learn International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM), Procedural Coding System (PCS), and additional inpatient and outpatient billing and coding procedures. Classes utilize real-world applications such as electronic charting and computer-assisted coding labs.

BMED courses are not limited entry and students may begin the coursework any term.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
and BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 133
INTERMEDIATE MEDICAL CODING
5 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 140
LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH INFORMATION
2 cr.
BMED 222
HEALTH INFORMATION PROCEDURES
5 cr.
BMED 226
MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
or
BMED 250
MEDICAL OFFICE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
3 cr.
BMED 227
HEALTH DATA CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
3 cr.
BMED 233
INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT NAVIGATION & ADVOCACY
5 cr.
BMED 242
INTERMEDIATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
3 cr.
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING
1-3 cr.
BTEC 135
10-KEY CALCULATOR
1 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY
4 cr.
and
BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
or
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HI 202
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE QUALITY
3 cr.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.

Total Required Credits: 91-92

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate use of medical office software to complete medical office tasks (billing and coding).
  • Apply policies and principles of medical reimbursement.
  • Accurately code using ICD-9/10 and CPT coding principles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications.
  • Accurately process medical billing claims.
  • Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)