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Medical Coding and Billing Certificate - Certificate

Medical Coding and Billing Certificate - Certificate

With a Medical Coding and Billing Certificate from the College of Health Care Professions, you will be on your way to a rewarding new career as a medical coding and billing specialist.

Medical coding and billing specialists are also known as medical billing and coders, health claim specialists, and medical claim specialists. They use a special coding system to facilitate procedures, label diagnoses, and process insurance claims. Medical coding and billing specialists are required to be organized and pay close attention to details, because vital data must be entered properly. With a Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing from The College of Health Care Professions, you will be able to begin an entry-level career as a medical coding and billing specialist.

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Program Details

Program Length

Blended: 38 Weeks

Courses

In CHCP's Program, we train you in how to comprehend, navigate, and apply current CPT, HCPCS, and ICD code sets for medical coding and billing in a variety of health care settings. You will learn proficiency in basic medical coding and billing skills, gain mastery in medical management software, and understand how to interpret and file medical documentation, billing forms, and insurance claims. The College of Health Care Professions offers Medical Coding and Billing via online and blended delivery.

Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule VModule VIModule VIIModule VIII

Master Student/Study Skills

MSS130

Students will become familiar with basic study and learning skills to include learning styles, goal setting, memorization techniques, reading comprehension, note taking, test taking, critical thinking, effective communication diversity, and technology. Prerequisite: None

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours8hr.
Credits0.5 

HIPAA / OSHA / Infection Control

HIP130

Students will learn about the Health Information Portability and Privacy Act (HIPAA). This course will identify rights for individuals and the processes that health care providers must implement to support individual rights. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the rules for the use and disclosure of information. Students will learn about transmission of disease, hand washing techniques and gloving. This course will ensure that students are aware of biohazards and airborne pathogens, including infection control procedures and laboratory safety. Students must demonstrate infection control procedures and laboratory safety. Prerequisite: None

Lecture10hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours10hr.
Credits0.5 

Overview of Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology

OAPT130

Students will learn and Identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body, as well as medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols that are necessary tools for building a medical vocabulary. This course covers general treatment of the sensory, skeletal and muscular, nervous, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, Circulatory, Urinary and reproductive, and integumentary systems. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Medical Law and Ethics

MA305

The students will learn the legal relationships of physicians and patients, contractual agreements, professional liability, malpractice, medical practice acts, informed consent, and bioethical issues. Emphasis is placed on legal terms, professional attitudes, and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Principles of Insurance A

MCB300

Students will learn the life cycle of health insurance claim to include terminology, policies and procedures and revenue cycle management. Students will also learn Medicare and Medicaid basics including terminology, eligibility, and claims and billing processes. HIPAA Compliance and Regulatory Laws will also be reviewed. Research Project 1 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Basics of Coding A: CPT/HCPCS

MCB301

Students will learn the basics of converting descriptions of procedures into numerical codes (CPT/HCPCS) to provide uniform language to identify medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Mod I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory24hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits5 

Medical Office Procedures/Management

MAAS212G

Students will learn manual and computerized records management, how to take patient histories, filing, appointments and scheduling, basic bookkeeping, billing/collections, banking/payroll, telephone techniques, safety of the medical office and professional conduct. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Basics of Coding B: ICD

MCB302

The students will learn procedural coding guidelines for use with the ICD-10 classifications (3, 4, or 5-7 codes) to provide etiology, site, or manifestation of disease. They will also learn the process of converting procedure descriptions into numerical codes related to the Evaluation and Management section of the CPT, and review facility coding (ICD-10 PCS). Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1 

Principles of Insurance B

MCB303

Students will learn health insurance terminology and policies, Revenue Cycle Management, along with eligibility policies and procedures. Students will also learn concepts of Blue Plans, Private Health Insurance, Managed Care Plans, TRICARE, CHAMPVA, Workers’ Compensation, disability income insurance and disability benefit programs. Research Project 2 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Anatomy and Physiology/Medical Terminology A

MCB304

Students will learn the structure and function of the Urinary System, Reproductive System, Digestive System, and Mental Health. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Coding A

MCB305

This course is a review of the official ICD-10 guidelines for coding and reporting. The course reviews the history of classification systems with emphasis on the basic rules and guidelines. Students will learn how to maneuver in different computerized encoding systems by assigning codes and using various references available. The students will learn procedural coding guidelines for use with the ICD-10 classifications (3, 4, or 5-7 codes) to provide etiology, site, or manifestation of disease. Additionally, students will learn CPT Surgical subsection codes for Female Genital system, including maternity care and delivery, Male Genital System, Intersex Surgery, Urinary System, digestive system, Mental Health, Pathology and Laboratory, selected Radiology and Medicine Sections. Research Project 3 –Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1 

Principles of Insurance C

MCB306

Student will learn concepts of collection strategies, medical documentation, Medical office problem solving and how to complete paper and electronic claims, and sequence codes according to established guidelines and standards while applying reimbursement methodologies. Hospital billing, payment and claims based on hospital stay and settings are also taught. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory12hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1 

Pathology A

MCB307

Students will learn the diseases and procedures of the Urinary System, Reproductive System, Digestive System and Mental Health. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Anatomy and Physiology/Medical Terminology B

MCB308

Students will learn the structure and function of Blood and Blood-Forming Organs, and Immune Mechanism, Circulatory System, Respiratory System. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Coding B

MCB309

This course is a review of the official ICD-10 guidelines for coding and reporting. Students will learn CPT Surgical subsection codes for Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System, Immune system, Respiratory System, selected Radiology and selected Medicine Sections. Students will also learn procedural coding guidelines for use with the ICD-10 classifications (3, 4, or 5-7 codes) to provide etiology, site, or manifestation of disease. Research Project 4- Career Services Project Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory36hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits2 

Pathology B

MCB310

Students will learn the diseases and procedures of Blood and Blood-Forming Organs, and Immune Mechanism, Circulatory System, Respiratory System. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Anatomy and Physiology/Medical Terminology C

MCB311

Students will learn the structure and function of the Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Special Senses (Eyes and Ears). Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Coding C

MCB312

This course is a review of the official ICD-10 classifications (3, 4, or 5-7 codes) to provide etiology, site, or manifestation of disease. This course will also review UHDDS Coding guidelines and their application, and learn how to maneuver in different computerized encoding systems by assigning codes and using various references available. Additionally, students will learn CPT Surgical subsection codes for Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Special Sense (Eyes and Ears), Anesthesia, selected Radiology and Medicines sections, and Level II National Codes. Research Project 5 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory36hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits2 

Pathology C

MCB313

Students will learn the diseases and procedures of the Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Special Senses (Eyes and Ears). Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1.5 

Electronic Health Records

MA 309

This course reviews the history of and current state of the electronic health record, trends, healthcare information applications such as clinical information systems, administrative information systems, and management support systems. Students will explore the transition from a paper based health record to an electronic health record and the associated issues, such as electronic billing. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture28hr.
Laboratory36hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits3 

Computer Applications

MCB314

Student will learn basic word processing, keyboarding skills, concepts related to hardware and software applications. Students will learn Microsoft Office Suite Applications. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture12hr.
Laboratory20hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits1 

Customer Service/Professionalism and Career Preparation

CSP201

This course will teach the student about professionalism, including work-place behaviors that result in positive business relationships. Students will learn goal-setting, stress-management, time-management, professional dress, etiquette, diversity in the work place relationships, excellent customer service, communication at work, conflict management, job search skills, building resumes, and interview techniques.. Prerequisite: Module I-VII

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory18hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits2.5 

MCB Cert Prep

MCB315

Certification Prep allows the student to review for a state or national registry. This is done by using review material and the use of practice exam that covers all areas of the exam. Student will complete exam application and take certification exam. Prerequisite: Module I-VII

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours45hr.
Credits2.5 

MCB Externship

MCB316

Students will be able to apply in a practical setting the professional skills learned in the classroom, as a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist Prerequisite: Module I-VII

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship205hr.
Total Hours205hr.
Credits4.5 

What Skills will I Learn?

With our Medical Coding and Billing program, you will learn all of the necessary skills to be an excellent medical claims specialist. Some of those skills and knowledge you will acquire include

  • Medical terminology
  • CPT, HCPCS, and ICD code systems
  • Health care delivery systems
  • Organization
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Healthcare law and ethics
  • Medical coding
  • Medical billing
  • Electronic health record management
  • Insurance claim handling
  • Filing systems
  • Professionalism with patients and other medical personnel

What Career Options Are Available?

Coding Certification Information

The goal of our program is to prepare you to take the Nationally Registered Certified Coding Specialist (NRCCS) Certification Exam. Once you have this certificate, you will be able to begin your new career as a certified medical billing and coding specialist.

What Career Options Are Available?

As a graduate of CHCP's Medical Coding and Billing program, you will have the option to work as a medical coding and billing specialist in a variety of medical settings, some of these include

  • Physician Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Medical Facilities
  • Long Term Medical Facilities
  • Post-Acute Care Facilities
  • Insurance Companies
  • Free-Standing Emergency Care Service/Urgent Care Facilities
  • Ambulance Services

As you look for jobs in this career field, take note of the different titles for the job; they include

  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Coder
  • Health Claims Specialist
  • Medical Claims Specialist
  • Medical Records Specialist
  • Health Records Specialist
  • Insurance Coder
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Health Information Technician

The career field of medical coding and billing continues to grow. In fact, it is expected that the field will grow 11% by 2028, which is much higher than the growth seen by other occupations. This is likely due to the aging baby boomer population; as health declines with age, medical coders will be in high demand to facilitate procedures, communicate with insurance companies, and perform other administrative duties.1 To find out more information on medical billing and coding specialist salary, employment, and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Once you meet the prerequisites, you can enroll!

To learn more about enrollment, simply fill out the form. One of our counselors will contact you soon with more information on our Medical Coding and Billing Certificate program.

How Do I Enroll?

If you are ready to take the first step, just ensure you meet the following program requirements:

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to read and write in English
  • Pass the Scholastic Level Exam (admissions test) with a score of at least 17

If you are interested in applying, you can reach out to admissions by calling your local CHCP campus or fill out the form to have an admissions advisor reach out.

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