Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a billing and coding specialist. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals and specialty courses in medical billing and coding. Simulation of a front office reception and business area in the allied health laboratory allows for realistic practice. Supervised practice in local physician’s offices, hospitals, and clinics provides actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions as billing and coding specialists.
This certificate program is 68 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Part-time study is also available. The end point of the certificate program will be supervised practice in a community facility.
The 100-credit associate of applied science degree in medical billing and coding will add coding content particular to the hospital and clinical settings and education to prepare a student for the clinical and supervisory roles. A program application is required for both program options, with twenty students accepted annually by a competitive point system.