The Medical Coding & Billing undergraduate certificate program is designed to train students in a field that can add real value to a healthcare provider’s office by teaching students to use the tools provided by the American Medical Association to properly identify procedures and diagnoses that are performed by a physician or hospital to ensure that the correct reimbursement is given to those whom are performing the services rendered.
Courses are built sequentially — The first three months provide an introduction to the fundamentals of medical terminology and and how health insurance billing and reimbursement is structured. Mid City College also focuses on developing a proficiency in writing and performing the complex calculations that are included in the reimbursement field. Students take english and math classes for the first three months of the program and Microsoft Excel and Word for three months to ensure that the student can use these skills in a real life situation of any healthcare environment. Advanced coding techniques are taught to students from day one and built upon daily to ensure that our students can be employed quickly upon graduation from the program. The Medical Coding and Billing certificate program can provide you with the knowledge and technical skills required by employers in health care services.
Students will learn with a hands-on approach that enables students to practice coding skills in the classroom under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Students start practicing Medical Coding & Billing from the first day and over 85% of classroom time is dedicated to real world practice.
Our approach has students learning the fundamentals of medical terminology, the body systems, and the diseases of the human body and procedures which will allow them to use the codes that are based on CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM practices to identify the encounter that is described by the physician.
This course covers reimbursement and billing to all insurance companies, including Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.
3 Courses in Math Basics for Medical Coding & Billing – Training students to handle math that will be encountered in a medical office to improve on reimbursement.
3 Courses in Writing Basics for Medical Coding & Billing – Training students to write letters to insurance companies, patients and other professionals to improve reimbursement in the office.
2 Courses in Anatomy & Physiology
a. Body Structures – Training students on the structure and function of the human body and the terminology required to code based on these structures.
b. Organs and Systems – Training students on the organs and body systems of the human body and the terminology required to code based on these structures.
1 Course in Medical Billing and Insurance – Training students on the medical billing cycle,
1 Course in Introduction to Medical CodingLevel II – Months 4-6, Intermediate Practice
3 Courses in Microsoft Excel for Medical Coding & Billing
3 Courses in Microsoft Word Classes for Medical Coding & Billing
2 Courses in Advanced Medical Coding
3 Lab Courses in Medical CodingLevel III – Month 7, Advanced Medical Coding Techniques:
1 Course in Advanced Medical Coding Techniques
1 Lab Course in Medical CodingLevel IV – Month 8, Externship:
1 Full-Time Externship at a local healthcare provider’s office
Medical Insurance Billing Specialists are professionals that prepare, submit and/or process insurance claims for doctor’s offices, hospitals, extended care facilities, diagnostic centers, insurance companies and other health-related facilities. Professional settings that offer career opportunities to the Medical Insurance Billing Specialist include outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, insurance companies, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies and independent billing agencies.