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Medical Coder/Billing Specialist Certificate

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Certificate | HLTH.BILL.CT
CIP Code: 51.0707
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0733 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

This Medical Coder/Billing Specialist Certificate prepares students for employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and other health care settings as medical coders, abstractors, and medical billers of clinical patient information using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as modified for use in the United States and the HCPCS/CPT coding systems. In addition, students will learn about other related classification systems, clinical documentation requirements, prospective payment systems, e.g., diagnosis related groups (DRGs), reimbursement strategies, and the processing of medical claims. The program incorporates classroom instruction and a practicum covering a wide variety of medical specialties in both ambulatory and inpatient care.

Graduates are prepared to take national certifying examinations administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the national certifying examinations administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Please refer to organizations’ website for further details. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Medical Coder/Billing Specialist Certificate will be able to:

  • Examine compliance of health record content within the health organizations.
  • Apply laws, regulations, and policies to healthcare delivery organizations
  • Apply accurate diagnostic and procedural codes for reimbursement processes
  • Evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement
  • Use medical terminology as related to body systems
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the professional Code of Ethics of the AHIMA for professional medical coders

Sequence of Study - Medical Coder/Billing Specialist Certificate

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 38 Credits

Check BIO-2050  for eligibility requirements.

It is highly recommended that students complete HIM-1530 prior to entering the Medical Coder/Billing Specialist Program.

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