Medical Coding and Billing (Certificate of Proficiency)

(44 credits)

Program Description

As more patient records are stored electronically, there is a growing demand for organized individuals with an eye for detail to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and security of confidential medical information. The backgrounds of medical coding & billing professionals are varied – maybe you want to work in health care, but are not interested in direct patient care. Or, maybe you have worked within the field as a nurse or medical assistant and want to transition into a different role. Many students are going through a life or career change – bringing their experience, attention to detail, customer service, and diligence to a fast-paced administrative career.

After completing the medical coding & billing program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders’ national exam to earn your Certified Professional Coder credential. While many coders work in hospital and office settings, others work from home as remote coders and independent auditors.

The Medical Coding and Billing Program is designed for persons interested in becoming medical coders and billers. Medical coders check medical records and notes to assign codes for illnesses, injuries, procedures, and diagnoses. Medical billers know insurance plans, regulations, and guidelines. Both use this knowledge to assign codes for preparing insurance claims and preparing invoices. They maintain records in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system.

Career Opportunities

Medical coders and billers work in inpatient facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) and outpatient facilities (clinics, physician offices, ambulatory clinics, etc.). Graduates may also be employed by state or federal health agencies, insurance firms, or pharmaceutical companies.

  • Medical Biller and Coder