Medical Billing and Coding

Diploma
Blended
Hybrid
Online
English

Program Description

The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to obtain entry-level positions in the medical billing and coding field through a combination of both clinical and administrative training. Students will learn and practice how to use management software and electronic health records (EHR). They will further become proficient in medical insurance and billing using the ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS II coding system manuals. The program is focused on preparing students for certification.

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Records
  • Medical Insurance Specialist

Credential Earned

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma

Related Certifications

  • (NCICS) National Certified Insurance and Coding Specialist (NCICS) from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)

Duration of the Program

9 Months | 48 quarter credit hours
Total Contact Hours: 740
Lecture Hours: 220
Lab Hours: 520

Core Courses

Medical Office Procedures

In this course, students will learn medical office procedures such as filing, handling mail, and preparing budgets. They will 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 medical office workplace and the role of the administrative professional within that setting.

Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology I

In this course, students will be immersed in a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, while being introduced to medical terminology. They will study the levels of body organization and homeostasis, histology, and cytology, as well as the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, and special senses systems. Students will learn the medical terms by studying the meanings of their basic components, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots, in addition to special numerical, positional, condition, and procedure terms. They will gain in depth understanding of the principles of anatomy and physiology by studying the human body structures, their functions and diseases, paired with the correct terms and abbreviations used to designate them.

Anatomy and Physiology with Medical Terminology II

In this course, students will continue a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, while expanding their knowledge in medical terminology. Topics covered include the levels of body organization, gynecologic conditions, the reproductive, circulatory, sensory, and lymphatic systems, and an overview of the brain function. Students will acquire the medical terms pertinent to each topic by studying the meanings of their basic components, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots, in addition to special numerical, positional, condition, and procedure terms. They will gain in depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the systems examined by studying their structures, functions and diseases, along with the correct terms and abbreviations used to designate them.

Health Information Resources

This course introduces students to the electronic health record (EHR) and its use in a clinical scenario. Students will evaluate the purpose for using EHR software, as well as its applications and benefits in health information management. They will further receive database management and data entry training to properly process, save, and retrieve patient health information.

Current Procedural Codes / CPT

This course will emphasize the rules and guidelines of the CPT and HCPCS II coding manuals. It will benefit those who work or want to work in the medical field whether 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 and HCPCS II coding manuals.

Diagnostics Coding / ICD-10

This course is an introduction to basic diagnostic coding and presents students to the characteristics and conventions of the ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification), and other diagnostic coding systems or code sets. Focus is placed on using diagnosis codes correctly and official coding guidelines, with extensive practice coding exercises.

Medical Billing and Insurance

In this course, students will examine the revenue cycle management procedures for medical services. They will also study the different types of insurance programs, governmental and private third-party payers, workers’ compensation package, and disability coverage.

Certified Insurance and Coding Exam Prep

This course prepares students for the certification in insurance and coding. It includes practice assessments on topics covered throughout the medical billing and coding specialist program courses, including anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, insurance and billing procedures, among others.

Prerequisite: All previous program courses, except for MBC2900

Capstone

This is the final concentration course in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program. It requires students to utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired throughout all the program courses to complete a final project. The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist final project requires the student to complete a final portfolio using an EHR simulator.

Prerequisite: All previous program courses

Related Programs

Campuses Available

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a recognized equivalent.

Healthcare Provider Programs

Applicants for healthcare provider programs including the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Associate in Science Program, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma Program, and Medical Assistant Technician Diploma Program must complete a Student Attestation of Understanding That Criminal and / or Health Background May Limit or Prevent Employment in Healthcare Provider Fields form. This student attestation form was designed to disclose certain requirements or limitations to prospective students interested in training for the healthcare provider field. This requirement is established in consideration of Fla. Admin. Code 6E-1.0032 (6)(g) (2012).

Possible Employment Opportunities *

  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Records
  • Medical Insurance Specialist

*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. Program Availability varies by campus.

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