Get Started In A Growing Field Within Healthcare
The Associate of Science Degree in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is a combination of clinical administrative and general education courses designed to prepare a graduate to obtain an entry-level position in the medical billing and coding field.
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Medical Billing and Coding professionals provide an essential service to the healthcare industry from a calm and comfortable office environment. Professionals in this field create and manage important medical documentation. This is one of the few medical fields that typically involves little or no direct contact with patients. Successful graduates of the FTC Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Associates program can enter the professional workforce in approximate 18 months! If you’re looking for a professional office career that offers meaningful, rewarding work opportunities, Medical Billing and Coding could be an excellent career path for you. The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Associates program will train students to obtain entry-level positions in healthcare administrative offices through a combination of clinical and administrative training.
Medical Billing & Coding Professionals are in High Demand
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Advances in technology and an aging population are rapidly increasing demands and opportunities in today’s healthcare industry. All aspects of this industry are experiencing growth, but few as much as Medical Billing and Coding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects in Health Information Technology should be “very good” and professionals “with a strong background in medical coding will be in particularly high demand.”
Success SeminarThis course is designed to inform the student of successful methods for enhancing academic skills, personal life management, and educational navigation and how it is practiced in various personal and professional situations. Assessments provide for reflection and improvement of individuals.
Success SearchThis course will provide non-traditional adult college students with the tools to be successful with academic skills, personal life, and educational navigation.
Career Development LectureThe course will provide the framework for the career decision making process. It stresses the connection between the student’s chosen academic field and career objective. Among techniques employed include resume writing, interview skill development and internet research.
Medical Terminology Lecture/LabThis course offers an introduction to medical terms through an analysis of their construction including prefix, suffix, root, connecting and combining forms. The student acquires an understanding of medical meanings applicable to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. Abbreviations and their appropriate usage are represented.
Anatomy & Physiology IThis course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations.
Anatomy & Physiology IIThis course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization; Gynecology; the reproductive system, the circulatory system, sensory, lymphatic, and the brain function. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations. Lab included.
Medical EthicsThis course is designed to inform the student of the legal aspects of their profession and of medicine. Ethics, bioethics, negligence, and the Good Samaritan Statute will be covered. HIPAA and the importance of confidentiality, contracts, and the importance of proper documentation will also be discussed.
Administrative Office ProceduresStudents learn office procedures such as filing, handling mail, and preparing budgets. Students also learn stress management strategies and the importance of workplace ethics and effective communication in diverse environments. This course explores changes and challenges in the 21st century workplace and the role of the administrative professional within that setting.
Principles of Health Information ResourcesThis course focuses on the principles of organization and supervision of human, financial, and physical resources.
Current Procedural Codes / CPT-IThis course will emphasize the rules and guidelines on the CPT coding manual. It will benefit those who work or want to work in the medical field whether it is as a medical biller, medical coder, medical collector, or medical office administrator. The class format is designed to help the beginner coder learn and understand the concept of coding using the CPT-4 coding manual.
Diagnostic Coding / ICD-9 & 10This course is an introduction to basic diagnostic coding and present students to the characteristics and conventions of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th and 10th Edition, Clinical Modification), and other diagnosis coding systems or code sets (DSM-IV, ICD-0, etc.). Focus is placed on using diagnosis codes correctly and official coding guidelines; and includes extensive practice coding exercises.
Medical InsuranceThis course prepares students in many of the procedures associated with billing for medical services. Students will examine many different types of insurance programs, profit and nonprofit third-party payers, workers compensation package and disability coverage.
Certified Professional Coder Prep & ExamThis course includes preparation for the certified professional coder examination. This course includes practice assessments covering topics covered throughout the medical billing and coding specialist program courses. Prerequisite: None
CapstoneThis course is the final concentration course in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program. The capstone is the culmination of a program that requires a student to utilize the learned knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete a final project, either physically or virtually. The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist final project requires the student to complete a real-world medical office using a current Medical Coding software simulator.
Prerequisites: Must successfully complete all other courses in program
General Education ClassesThe required general education component must include at least one course from each of the following groups: Humanities, Mathematics and the Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Typical Duties of a Medical Billing & Coding Professional:
- Insurance benefits presentation to patients / clients
- Administrative work / bookkeeping
- Completion of claim forms
- Medical billing procedure handling
- Interaction with healthcare providers
- Billing work of insurance companies
- Documenting all activities using the right medical terms
- Scheduling appointments
Successful graduates of this program may find employment in the following professional healthcare environments:*
- Doctor’s Offices
- Medical Clinics
- Insurance Offices
- Billing Companies
Capstone Course: Simulated Real-World Medical Office
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist final project takes the student to complete a real-world medical office using a current Medical Coding software simulator.
Prerequisites: Must successfully complete all other courses in program
Career Ready in a Short Time – The FTC Advantage
Small Class Sizes – You’ll receive personal, one-on-one attention from our experienced instructors, so you get the support you need to master material quickly. Our instructors have professional experience in the healthcare field, so they know just what you’ll need to succeed in the professional setting.
Career Services – FTC has a dedicated career services staff that will assist with post-graduate job placement. Among our other assets is our Medical Advisory Board consisting of members of the medical community that give insight into the training needed to succeed in today’s Medical Assisting careers. The Advisory Board also serves as a connection to job placement. Career Services is dedicated to assisting you to make a smooth transition from student to working professional.
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Explore if becoming a Medical Billing and Coding professional is right for you. Click on the button below or call your nearest FTC campus today to speak with a knowledgeable Florida Technical College Admissions Representative:
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*These examples are intended to serve only as a general guide of possible employment opportunities. There are many factors that determine the job an individual may obtain and Florida Technical College cannot guarantee its graduates any particular job. Some positions may require a license or other certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements for the particular position you desire.