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In partnership with ed2go, CSUSM Extended Learning offers an extensive catalog of affordable workforce training programs that you can complete 100% online and on your own schedule. Gain the skills and industry certifications you need to start or advance your career in high-demand fields. Learn from industry experts in a flexible, self-paced format and get personalized support from a dedicated student advisor. Enroll anytime and receive a certificate of completion from CSUSM Extended Learning after successfully completing your program. Some program fees include a voucher for the certification exam.

Medical billing and coding is a rising star in the healthcare field today. This 100% online course will prepare you to start a career in this high-demand occupation and earn the medical billing and coding professional certification that best aligns with your interest and career goals. You’ll learn how to use the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and the CPT Category II and ICD-10 codes. Additionally, you’ll gain hands-on practice using medical billing and coding software. Upon course completion, you’ll receive a voucher for the certification exam of your choice: CPC, CCA or CBCS.

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No Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites or requirements to take this course

Learn from the best

Classes are taught by experienced and professional healthcare instructors

Prepare for Certification

This course prepares you to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

Join a Growing Field

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that at least 27,000 new medical billing and coding jobs will be needed by 2026

Program Details

  • SCHEDULE, REGISTRATION & FEES
    Course Dates Registration

    Online Medical Billing and Coding Training


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    Online Medical Billing and Coding Training

    Course Details

    • Classes held online
    • Classes are self-paced and completed in 12 months or less
    • Program fee is $2,995
    • Learn from industry experts in a flexible, self-paced format
    • Get personalized support from a dedicated student advisor

    Fee Includes

    • A one-year AAPC membership and voucher for the CPC exam cost and one free retake

    Savings

    Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.

  • COURSE TOPICS
    • Course Objectives

      • Be fully prepared to pass one of the following professional certifications that best aligns with your interest and career goals:
        • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
        • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
        • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
      • Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures
      • Gain hands-on billing experience with medical billing and coding software
      • Externship Starter Kit to help you gain valuable experience in the field
      • Medical Biller standalone option for those who aren’t interested in Medical Coding

    • Course Outline

      • Medical Terminology
        • Introduction to Medical Terminology
        • The Musculoskeletal System
        • The Cardiovascular System
        • The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
        • The Respiratory System
        • The Digestive System
        • The Urinary System
        •  The Nervous System
        • The Special Senses the Eyes and Ears
        • The Integumentary System
        • The Endocrine System
        •  The Reproductive System
        •  Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
      • Medical Billing and Coding
        • Introduction to medical billing and coding
        • Introduction to health insurance 
        • Managed healthcare
        • Revenue cycle management 
        • Legal aspects of health insurance and reimbursement 
        • VI. ICD-10-CM coding 
        • CPT coding 
        • HCPCS Level II coding 
        • ICD-10-PCS coding 
        • Pharmacology for coders 
        • Midterm
        • Clinical Documentation improvement (CDI)
        • Insurance claims 
        • Commercial insurance 
        • Blue Cross Blue Shield 
        • Medicare 
        • Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, Workers' Compensation 
        • Certification 
        • How to find a job in medical billing and coding 
        • Final 
  • INSTRUCTOR

    Nancy Smith
    Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

    LaTisha Cottingham
    LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a long-term care establishment that is based out of Alabama.

  • FAQ

    What does a medical biller and coder do?

    Medical Billers and Coders are responsible for processing patient data including medical records and related insurance. In this position, you will code a patient's diagnosis and then request payment from the patient's insurance company. You will play an important role in ensuring that healthcare providers are quickly and accurately paid for the treatment they give patients.

    Is there a difference between a medical billing and a medical coding?

    Yes. Medical coders translate patient care into current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the medical services provided are accurately coded. Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides. Many professionals in this area do both medical billing and medical coding.

    What are the requirements for a medical billing and coding career?

    Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate and passing one of the certification exams or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

    How long does it take to become a medical biller an coder?

    In most cases, it takes between one and three years to become a medical biller and coder. Earning a medical billing and coding certification can take up to one year, while earning an associate degree can take up to three years.

    What is the difference between certification exams (CPC, CCA, and CBCS)?

    Obtaining a CPC, CCA, or CBCS certification implies that an individual has met competencies in the field of medical billing and coding. Certification is invaluable to the student's career goals. Students have an opportunity to make confident, informed decisions about the national certification they prefer.

    The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is the gold standard entry-level coding certification for physician, or professional fee, coders.

    The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) is offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It is an entry-level medical coding certification across all settings--physician practices and inpatient hospital.

    The Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and is currently an entry-level medical billing certification for physician practices. In the summer of 2021, the exam will transition to an entry-level billing and coding certification, with the inclusion of ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II testing.

    Is medical billing and coding a good career?

    U.S. News & World Report ranked medical records technician (professionals that perform medical billing, medical coding or both) as #9 on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree," #12 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs” and on the “The 100 Best Jobs” list.

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