Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

Classes Start July 8th

The Medical Billing and Coding Program online at CHCP provides training in comprehending and applying code sets for medical billing and coding in healthcare settings.

Becoming a medical billing and coding specialist offers a path into allied healthcare for those interested in an administrative role with ample choices for work environments. But venturing into a new career in healthcare doesn’t have to be limited by on-campus educational options. 

Students seeking a way to blend the convenience of virtual learning with quality education will find an ideal match in online medical billing and coding certification programs. At CHCP, our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program helps students build foundational knowledge in current CPT, HCPCS, and ICD code sets. The ultimate goal of the program is for students to learn proficiency in basic medical billing and coding skills, gain mastery in medical management software, and understand how to interpret and file medical documentation, billing forms, and insurance claims. 

On-Campus Flexible Learning 

If you prefer an on-campus approach, we also offer a hybrid-style, on-campus Medical Coding and Billing Certificate Program at each of our Texas campus locations. Students who enroll in our on-campus program will attend classes in person twice a week and receive the rest of their coursework online.  

Taking Your Education Further

The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate from CHCP offers a versatile pathway for academic and professional advancement. The credits obtained from this certificate program are transferable to two distinct degree programs: the Health and Medical Administration Services AAS Degree Program and the Coding and Revenue Cycle Management AAS Degree Program. These programs are structured for degree completion, empowering students to elevate their career prospects and step into broader positions within the healthcare industry.

Medical Billing and Coding Certification Online | Texas | Our Locations

Students can enroll in our online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program or the on-ground Medical Coding and Billing Certificate Program at every CHCP Texas campus location. These campuses, spread across multiple major metropolitan cities in Texas, give hybrid students the flexibility of online courses that supplement their in-person training.

Medical Billing and Coding Online Programs | Houston

Houston - Med Center Campus Houston - Northwest Campus Houston - Southwest Campus

Medical Billing and Coding Online Programs | Dallas & Fort Worth

Dallas Campus Fort Worth Campus

Medical Billing and Coding Online Programs | Austin

Austin Campus

Medical Billing and Coding Online Programs | San Antonio & McAllen

McAllen Campus San Antonio - North Campus San Antonio - South Campus

Online Medical Billing and Coding | Skills and Course Modules

Our medical billing and coding training online is designed to teach you the skills you need to pursue a career as a medical billing and claims specialist. The skills emphasized include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Practical application of CPT-4, ICD-10/ ICD-10 PCS, and HCPCS codes
  • Record keeping for both hospital and physician offices
  • Following procedures in content and filing of patient medical records
  • Using a variety of filing systems, both alphabetical and numerical

Other core subjects students are introduced to include a general knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodologies, and customer service principles. Students will be provided with the educational training necessary to work successfully in a multitude of environments, including insurance companies/offices, physician offices, hospitals, outpatient medical facilities, and long-term care medical facilities.

For more information regarding specific details of the program, you can explore our in-depth guide to the medical billing and coding certificate at CHCP or view the course module breakdown below.

MODULE IMODULE IIMODULE IIIMODULE IVMODULE VMODULE VI

Medical Terminology

HPRS101

This course is an introduction to medical terminology and covers terminology associated with the structure of the body, the integumentary, muscular and skeletal systems, the lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular systems, the urinary, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems, the eyes and ears, the reproductive and endocrine systems, diagnostic and imaging procedures, and pharmacology. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Health Care Delivery Systems and Organization

HITT216

This course reviews healthcare delivery systems including organization, finance, accreditation agencies and regulatory agencies. Students will learn about settings, types of patients, types of caregivers, regulatory issues, unique documentation requirements, data sets and reimbursement structure by type of care. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Anatomy and Physiology

SCIT103

This Course is an introduction to the human body and includes chemistry and the human body, the structure and function of membranes, cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Additionally, mechanisms of disease, human development, inheritance, weights and measures, and normal physiological values are studied. Prerequisite: HPRS101

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Healthcare Law and Ethics

HITT209

This course includes a study of healthcare law and ethics including the study of confidentiality, privacy, security, ethics, and key healthcare legislation. Students will learn how to apply local, state and federal standards and regulations for the control and use of health information. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Pathopharmacology

PATH214

This course is an introduction to the human body and its functions, diseases, etiology, and pathophysiologic nature. Medical complications and manifestations of disease states are explored along with pharmacological and non-pharmacological principles and interventions related to the treatment of diseases. Prerequisite: HPRS 101, SCIT103

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Coding I

HITT201A

This covers the principles and guidelines for using ICD-10-CM to code diagnoses. This course covers the concept of clinical vocabularies and classifications systems. Students will gain an understanding of ICD-10-CM in relation to inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as use of cases and health record documentation. Prerequisite: HPRS101, SCIT103

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Coding II

HITT211A

This course is a comprehensive, system-based approach to learning CPT/HCPCS and includes an overview of coding guidelines and identifying information in the health record. Students will also learn about the relationship between the coding process and reimbursement. Prerequisite: HITT201A

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Coding Professional Practice Experience I

MBCC290

This course enables the student to learn the foundations of insurance, billing, coding, submission of claims to the insurance carrier, verifying patient benefits, submitting a secondary claim, posting payments and appealing the insurance carrier's decision. This includes case studies, exploration, research, and hands on use of the Electronic Medical Record. Prerequisite: HITT216

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory33hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours81hr.
Credits4 

Coding III

HITT221

This covers the principles and guidelines for using ICD-10-PCS to code procedures. This course covers the concept of clinical vocabularies and classifications systems. Students will gain an understanding of ICD-10-PCS in relation to inpatient settings, as well as use of cases and health record documentation. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Electronic Health Record Management

HITT205

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. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Coding IV

HITT231

This course advances the student to the next level of coding, combining the previously learned code sets into an advanced class utilizing coding scenarios and exercises from a wide variety of healthcare settings. This will provide for an understanding of where to properly use the code sets and combination of code sets, and covers the principles and guidelines for using each set in their respective healthcare setting. Students will gain an understanding of the relationships of outpatient to inpatient settings, as well as use cases and health record documentation from each setting. Prerequisite: HITT 221 May be taken in conjunction with MBCC200 and/or MBCC 300

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Coding Professional Practice Experience II

MBCC300

This course is an on-site externship course. Students will apply the theory, concepts and skills learned throughout the program at a directed practice site and by any assigned course projects. Prerequisite: ALL Prior Modules; May be taken in conjunction with HITT231 and/or MBCC 200.

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship90hr.
Total Hours90hr.
Credits2 

Certification Review

MBCC200

This course provides a review of the skills necessary to prepare students for successful employment and certification/registration opportunities as a Medical Biller and Coder. Prerequisite: ALL Prior Modules; May be taken in conjunction with HITT231 and/or MBCC 300

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Medical Billing and Coding Certification and Course Outcomes

The goal of our program is to help prepare you to take the Nationally Registered Certified Coding Specialist (NRCCS) Certification Exam. Upon passing, you’ll have the opportunity to begin your career as a certified medical billing and coding specialist.

The Medical Billing and Coding Role

Responsible for overseeing the correct application of universal codes to medical services as well as facilitating accurate billing, medical billing and coding specialists lay the groundwork for an efficient revenue cycle management process for healthcare facilities. These professionals are sometimes referred to by several different titles. As you begin looking for a position, you’ll want to take note of the different titles for the job:

  • 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 medical billing and coding career field is expected to grow in tandem with the rising demand for healthcare services overall. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a faster-than-average growth rate for medical billing and coding roles, reaching 8% by 2032. One of the more versatile choices for healthcare professionals, medical billing and coding specialists are found in a number of different settings, such as physician offices, hospitals, out-patient medical facilities, long-term medical facilities, urgent care, clinics, and insurance companies. 

Due to the administrative nature of their role, these professionals can also work remotely or as part-time consultants. To find out more information on medical billing and coding specialist salary, employment, and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information on work environments, you can explore our guide to where medical billing and coding specialists can work.

Once you meet the prerequisites, you can enroll!

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How to Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist | Admission Criteria

If you’ve determined that medical billing and coding is the right path for you, your next steps are simple. Applying for medical billing and coding courses through CHCP is straightforward: simply fill in the application form, noting your program choice, location preference, and contact details. After you apply, a CHCP advisor will follow up to help with any further questions about our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program. Admission prerequisites include:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Minimum Scholastic Level Exam score of 10 (13 for the online program)
  • Ability to read and write in English

Looking for more info? Our committed team offers ongoing support, tailored advice, and continuous career services. Contact an admissions advisor to start your professional journey.

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As an ABHES Accredited Allied Healthcare College, CHCP prides itself on steering students towards careers in healthcare. Beyond our medical billing and coding offerings, we also provide an array of certificate programsstackable degrees, and chances for professional growth. Connect with an admissions advisor today to take your first step toward a career in the healthcare industry.

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