Medical Billing and Coding

Certificate of Completion

Credits: 64  |   Length of Program: 5 quarters

Subject: Medical Billing & Coding


Medical Billing and Coding - Certificate of Completion

The Medical Billing and Coding Program is designed for persons interested in becoming medical billers and coders. Medical coders check medical records and notes to assign codes for illnesses, injuries, procedures and diagnoses. Medical billers know insurance plans, regulations, and guidelines. Both use this knowledge to assign codes for preparing insurance claims and preparing invoices. They maintain records in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. 

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Career Opportunities

Medical billers and coders work in inpatient facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) and outpatient facilities (clinics, physician offices, ambulatory clinics, etc).  Graduates may also be employed by state or federal health agencies, insurance firms, or pharmaceutical companies. See Healthcare » Medical Billing and Coding for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of SPSCC’s Billing and Coding One Year Certificate Program are prepared to use their skills in critical thinking and data analysis as well as their understanding of relationships and responsibilities to:

  • Demonstrate competencies as a valuable member of the administrative medical office team by accurately performing billing and coding procedures to effectively and efficiently process medical claims
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors within the medical billing and coding work environment
  • Communicate effectively and professionally electronically, orally, and in writing with peers, clients, and other health care professionals in a diverse interdisciplinary environment

 

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General Education Requirements

Communication:

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING

5 Credits in COMPUTATION
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5 Credits in HUMAN RELATIONS
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Effective Catalog Year 2018-2019

 
Entry Requirements

All MED courses must be completed with a “C" or better to continue in and complete the program, and no MED courses completed more than 5 years prior to completion of the program will be accepted as part of the program.

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Additional Information

EXTERNSHIP:  Entry into the Medical Billing and Coding Program does not guarantee students a job placement, nor does it guarantee a practicum placement in Thurston County. Practicum placements require successful interviews and background checks.  Due to increased competition for practicum placements with other schools in Washington State, South Puget Sound Community College cannot guarantee that the practicum will be in the last quarter of the program or that it will be located within Thurston County.

Revision Date: 
March 20, 2018