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River Parishes Community College, Academic Affairs, includes all technical and transfer credit programs, library services, and college-wide institutional effectiveness. Academic Affairs supports the mission of RPCC through providing leadership, quality service, and instruction that leads to technical certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees for transfer or the workforce.

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Medical Coding Specialist (CAS)

The Medical Coding Specialist (CAS) is a 40-hour degree program. Requirements for the CAS in Medical Coding are listed below.

All courses applied to the degree must be passed with a C or better.  Developmental courses may not be applied to the degree.  All students must finish CCSS 1100 to graduate.

ALL DEVELOPMENTAL REQUIREMENTS MUST BE SATISFIED BEFORE SCHEDULING ANY CLASSES OTHER THAN HESC 1000!

First Semester (Fall)

ENGL 1010
Credits: 3

Course Description

Introduction to writing in forms of expressive and informative discourse with emphasis on writing as a learning and thinking process. Discussion of and practice in strategies used in pre-writing, writing, and revising. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 0099 WITH A “C” OR HIGHER OR PLACEMENT BY DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, Lecture, Web, LCTCS Online
All Sections for this Course

Communication Division
English Department

Course Attributes:
ASLT BIOL Con HUMN Elect, ASLT PHYS Con NS/HUMN Elect, AGS Free Elective, AALT_ASLT English Require 1, AALT HUMN CONC /Hum Elect, AALT Human Requirement SOSC Con, AALT SS Relate elect

General Requirements:
Course or Test: ENGL 0099
Minimum Grade of C
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
CENG 68 to 99
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
A01 18 to 36
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
AP02 86 to 120
May not be taken concurrently. )


Classroom Hours: 3

MATH 1100
Credits: 3

Course Description

Quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, inequalities, functions, graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers, and theory of equations. Credit will not be given for both MATH 1100 and MATH 1200. PREREQUISITES: MATH 0092 WITH “C” OR HIGHER OR PLACEMENT BY DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, Lecture, Web, LCTCSOnline

Science and Mathematics Division
Mathematics Department

Course Attributes: 
AGS Math Req, AGS Free Elective, AALT BUSN Conc Math Req 1, La Transfer CJ Con Math Elect, La Transfer MATH-HM/FA/MC, ASLT Bio Con Math set 2, ASLT Bio Con Math set 3, ASLT Bio Con Math set 4, AGS_NATSC Con Req

General Requirements: 
 CALG 66 to 99
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
 CCOL 26 to 99
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
 A02 19 to 36
May not be taken concurrently.  )


Classroom Hours: 3

BIOL 1201
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed for students majoring in science or a related field. Principles of biology from the cellular to the ecosystem level, including biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, and evolution.

PREREQUISITES: ELIGIBILITY FOR ENGL 1010

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, LectureWeb, LCTCSOnline
All Sections for this Course

Science and Mathematics Division
Biology Department

Course Attributes: 
ASLT BIOL Conc NS Req, ASLT BIOL Conc NS Elect, ASLT PHYS Con NS Req, ASLT PHYS Con NS/HUMN Elect, AGS Free Elective, AGS_NATSC Con Req, AALT/AGS Biol Seq 2


Classroom Hours: 3

HESC 1000
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will introduce students entering the health field to basic medical and clinical terminology. Vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and word analysis for common medical terms that are relevant to anatomy and physiology, medicine, disease and clinical specialties will be emphasized.

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, Lecture, Web, LCTCSOnline

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
AGS Free Elective, AGS_NATSC Con Req


Classroom Hours: 3

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Second Semester (Spring)

BIOL 2500
Credits: 3

Course Description

A descriptive presentation of the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body covering cells, tissues, bones, muscles, and nervous system. PREREQUISITES: BIOL 1201 with a C or better

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, Lecture, Web

Science and Mathematics Division
Biology Department

Course Attributes: 
ASLT BIOL Con NS Elec Req, ASLT BIOL Conc NS Elect, ASLT PHYS Con NS Req Elect, ASLT PHYS Con NS/HUMN Elect, AGS Free Elective, AGS_NATSC Con Req, AALT/AGS Biol Seq 3, AALT/AGS Biol Ind


Classroom Hours: 3

Course Description

Concepts of computer technology related to healthcare and the tools and techniques for collecting, storing, and retrieving healthcare data.

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

HEIT 1250
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course covers reimbursement methodologies used in all healthcare settings as they relate to national billing, compliance, and reporting requirements.  Topics include prospective payment systems, billing process and procedures, chargemaster maintenance, regulatory guidelines, reimbursement monitoring, and compliance strategies and reporting.  Upon completion, students should be able to perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and comply with reimbursement and reporting requirements.

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

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Third Semester (Fall)

BIOL 2510
Credits: 3

Course Description

A descriptive presentation of the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body covering the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. PREREQUISITES: BIOL 2500 with a C or better

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, Lecture, Web

Science and Mathematics Division
Biology Department

Course Attributes: 
ASLT BIOL Con NS Elec Req, ASLT BIOL Conc NS Elect, ASLT PHYS Con NS Req Elect, ASLT PHYS Con NS/HUMN Elect, AGS Free Elective, AGS_NATSC Con Req, AALT/AGS Biol Seq 3, AALT/AGS Biol Ind


Classroom Hours: 3

HEIT 1030
Credits: 3

Course Description

Introduces the theory, structure, and organization of the International Classification of Diseases-10-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) coding system.  Emphasis will be on the application of coding principles to accurately assign ICD-10-CM codes to health records.  The role of ICD-10-CM codes in billing and reimbursement will be included.  PREREQUISITES:  BIOL 2500 (Minimum grade of C); HESC 1000 (Minimum grade of C)

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online, Web

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

Course Description

Study of the disease processes affecting the human body.  Includes the study of causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as an understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology.  PREREQUISITES:  BIOL 2500 (Minimum grade of C); HESC 1000 (Minimum grade of C)

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Lecture, Web

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

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Fourth Semester (Spring)

HEIT 1100
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course explores the more complex areas of ICD and CPT coding introduced in previous coding courses.  Students will apply coding principles and guidelines related to complex diagnoses and procedures.  PREREQUISITES: BIOL 2510 (Minimum grade of C); HEIT 1030 (Minimum grade of C); HEIT 2030 (Minimum grade of C)

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Independent Study, Lecture

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

HEIT 2050
Credits: 3

Course Description

Introduction to the health information management professions and the health record.  This course will provide an overview of the functions, content, and structure of the health record; data access and retention; forms design; indexes and registers; data storage and retrieval systems; quantitative and qualitative analysis; numbering and filing systems; and healthcare data sets.

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid less than 50%, Lecture, Web

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

HEIT 1230
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course introduces students to the theory, structure, and organization of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system.  Emphasis will be on the application of coding principles to accurately assign CPT codes to health records.  The role of CPT codes in billing and reimbursement will be included.  PREREQUISITES:  BIOL 2510 (Minimum grade of C); HEIT 1030 (Minimum grade of C); HEIT 2030 (Minimum grade of C)

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study, Lecture

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department

Course Attributes:
Free Elective Any Col Course


Classroom Hours: 3

HEIT 2999
Credits: 1

Course Description

This course is designed to promote career awareness through a curriculum-related work experience in an administrative healthcare environment.  Medical Coding Specialist (CAS) students will integrate classroom theory with a monitored and supervised work experience to apply coding/billing principles in a health care setting.  40 hours

PREREQUISITES:  HEIT 1010 (Minimum grade of C); HEIT 1030 (Minimum grade of C); HEIT 1250 (Minimum grade of C)

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study, Laboratory, Lecture,

Science and Mathematics Division
Health Science Department


Classroom Hours:

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