Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
Learn about our Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Non-Credit Certificate ProgramWhat do medical billing and coding specialists do?
Medical billing and coding specialists:
- Analyze health records and assign codes for diseases and procedures
- Maintain patients’ accounting records and carry out collection procedures
- Research and review insurance claims
- Perform data entry payment information, adjustments, and balances into computer software programs
- Abstract key information from health records for reimbursement, statistics, and research purposes
- Monitor compliance with policies and procedures relevant to clinical data management and making suggestions for improvements
Where do medical coding specialists work?
Medical Coding Specialists can work in many different places. These include:
- Medical practices Hospitals
- Coding and billing services
- Insurance companies
- Governmental agencies
- Consulting firms
How much does the program cost?
the Program - Curriculum and Costs (pdf, rev 12/2014).
Can I receive veteran’s education benefits for this program?
- Department of Veterans Affairs provides veterans education benefits for non-credit healthcare programs. The programs must result in a certificate upon completion.
- The department bases the benefits on the length of the class and the number of clock hours per week.
- You must pay tuition in advance. The VA disburses benefits on a post-payment basis. Find more information on veterans education benefits from the Military and Veterans Affairs Office:
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
Upon successful completion, you:
- Will earn a Certificate of Completion
- be eligible to take the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) Certified Coding Associate, Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) exams
- be eligible to take the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC™) exams
What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete? Where are the classes held?
- Download Medical Billing & Coding Program Schedule (pdf, rev 6/23/15). )Includes class dates)
- The program can be completed in approximately 13 months attending class two nights per week or in 27 months taking class one night per week.
- The program is offered evenings (a few courses are offered via internet).
- It is offered completely in Harrisburg. Many classes are offered at the Lancaster and York campuses. Some classes are available online.
What are the program admission criteria?
- This is a non-credit course. You are not required to submit a college application, school transcripts or placement testing results.
- A high school diploma or GED is required.
- Criminal background check and drug screening is NOT required for entry into this program. However, your future employer may require them.
- Typing or keyboarding skills are helpful, but not required.
Can I advance my education in this field?
The program is designed to lead directly to an occupation.
How can I get more information?
- Career InfoNet
- American Medical Billing Association
- American Academy of Professional Coders
- American Health Information Management Association
Who can I contact for more information?
717-221-1391 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211391