Medical Coding and Billing Certificate
The Certificate program in Medical Coding and Billing will prepare students for a dynamic career in the health care industry. Students will step right into positions such as medical coder, abstracter, coding specialist, coding compliance auditor, reimbursement manager, collection supervisor and billing compliance specialist.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 18% through 2016 faster than the average for all occupations.” Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and is producing more advanced medical procedures and treatments. With these advances comes the need for trained professionals with the knowledge to code, bill, and correctly document the performance of these procedures. Trained professionals will be needed to ensure correct coding and documentation of new and established procedures to pass potential audits by federal as well as private insurance payers.
The Single certificate has 135 hours of instruction and is designed for students who wish to acquire a thorough understanding of the human anatomy, the language used in the medical profession, regulations that govern the practice of medicine, and the knowledge of how to correctly code and bill for services provided. The program will also prepare students to sit for the national certification exam given by the American Academy of Professional Coders, AAPC. Upon successfully passing the exam, candidates will earn the credential, Certified Professional Coder, CPC, or CPCH for the Combined Certificate (183 hours)
Upon completion of the program, students will be knowledgeable on all aspects of ICD-9, HCPCS and CPT-4 coding, understand government regulations that affect reimbursement and documentation, have a thorough understanding of filing insurance claims, understand the differences between federal carriers and managed care companies, worker’s compensation and no fault billing, the meaning and implications of medical necessity, correct reimbursement procedures, and revenue cycle management.
Students can expect to be employed in physician offices, multi-specialty group practices, insurance companies, outpatient care facilities, and with government agencies.
Registration and Tuition:
This program consists of 5 required courses which should be taken in the following order: Medical Terminology, ICD-9 Coding, CPT-4 Coding, Regulations in Health Care Coding, Medical Billing with Practicum. Tuition is $3,100 plus a one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually, with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration. Click the button to view the Program Brochure. A list of required textbooks is available here.
A NOTE TO OUR STUDENTS: The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) has determined that all certification exams will continue testing on ICD-9-CM until a new coding classification system is officially implemented. The implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS will be delayed for a minimum of one year. Continuing Education will offer ICD-10 as an optional course for students who complete the Medical Coding & Billing Certificate. The $495 fee is not included in the certificate cost. CE students are eligible for a 10% discount.
Students that registered before Fall 2013 (125 hour $2900 Single Certificate): There were 5 required courses to complete Medical Terminology, ICD9, CPT4, Medical Billing and Regulation. Combined Certificate $3800 all previous courses plus Outpatient and Impatient (48 hours)
Students that started in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 (151 hour $3500): There are 6 required courses required courses to complete Medical Terminology, ICD9, ICD10; CPT4, Medical Billing and Regulation. Combined Certificate $4500 all previous courses plus Outpatient and Impatient (48 hours)
Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.
|Spring 2014 Semester||Day||Time||Dates|
|Accelerated ICD-10||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:15pm||5/6-5/20|
|Regulations||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-9:20pm||5/22-5/29|
|Summer 2014 Semester||Day||Time||Dates|
|Medical Terminology||Tue. & Thu.||6:00-8:30pm||6/3-7/24
|CPT-4 Coding||Tue. & Thu.||5:55-9:00pm||6/3-7/15|
|Combined Certificate Courses|
|Outpatient Facility Coding||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Inpatient Facility Coding||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Combined Certificate in Outpatient and Inpatient Medical Billing $4,200
This program begins with an overview of coding and billing for hospital services. The first course is focused specifically on outpatient coding and billing. The second course covers coding and billing for inpatient services. Students will further develop proficiency in basic coding and billing skills while expanding knowledge of technical services in coding and billing, as well as gain insight into guidelines and principles for facility inpatient and outpatient coding and billing, including assigning ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 diagnostic codes, ICD-9-CM procedure codes, and CPT & HCPCS procedure codes in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will also have an understanding of all major steps in a hospital's revenue cycle, payer-specific payment methodologies and regulatory guidelines for coding and billing facility services through review of assigned reading materials, attendance and participation in class time lectures. By the end of this program, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the basic concepts of coding and billing for facility inpatient and outpatient services through completion of assigned practice exercises and case studies and pass a written examination demonstrating understanding and competency in the above.
Prerequisites for both courses (Inpatient/ Outpatient): Medical Terminology, ICD-9-CM Coding, CPT Coding
Inpatient Facility Coding
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, ICD-9, ICD10 and CPT-4
Outpatient Facility Coding
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology, ICD-9, IDC10 and CPT-4
To register for courses online, please click on the Course Browser/Registration
Medical Terminology: "The Language of Medicine" by Davi-Ellen Chabner.
ICD-9 and CPT: If you join the AAPC, you can get a discount on this package - follow the links below:
- Students taking CPT Before September 2014: single certificate
- Students taking CPT Before September 2014: combined certificate
- Students taking CPT after September 2015: single certificate
- Students taking CPT after September 2015: combined certificate
* These new book bundles contain ICD-10, because the transition was expected this year, but students can get an ICD-9 book at a discounted rate if they purchase it individually, any year between 2012 - 2014. The books have remained the same in expectation of ICD-10.