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Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Deborah Newton

This program is offered completely on-line.

NOTE: This program is in moratorium and will not be accepting new students.

The medical billing/coding specialist works in a variety of settings, including medical management organizations, physician's offices, hospitals, clinics, group practices, billing companies, and education. Students in this program are trained as entry-level billing/coding specialists.

Upon completion of the Medical Billing and Coding program, students will be prepared to begin successful careers as reimbursement specialists in a variety of healthcare settings. Students completing this program are prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist exam (CMRS). In addition, students are prepared to sit for the National Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Abstract information from patient records for reimbursement purposes.
  • Research and rely on knowledge of correct medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes to assign appropriate codes according to national and international guidelines.
  • Complete clean claims for private and government insurances.
  • Analyze Explanations of Benefits and Remittance Advice forms and take appropriate action.
  • Use computer applications and software specific to the billing/coding environment.
  • Maintain confidentiality of health information and adhere to regulations pertaining to privacy laws and guidelines.
  • Professionally interact in the healthcare environment with healthcare providers, patients/clients, and the public.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees$8,374
Application Fee$30

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Students wishing to enter the Medical Billing/Coding Specialist program are strongly advised to be proficient in keyboarding.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
First Year
AHMS 105Health Care Delivery +2
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I +4
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3
M 090Introductory Algebra (or higher, excluding M 135, M 136, M 191A, and M 191B) **,+4
Term Credits16
AHMS 160Beginning Procedural Coding *,+3
AHMS 164Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 *,+3
AHMS 201Medical Science *,+3
BIOH 113Human Form and Function II *,+3
HTH 180Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs +1
Select one of the following:  
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3
Term Credits16
AHMS 108Health Data Content Struct *,+3
HIT 265Electr Health Rec in Med Prac *,+3
Term Credits6
Second Year
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals *,+4
AHMS 212CPT Coding *,+3
AHMS 213ICD-10 Coding *,+3
AHMS 280Ovrvw of Hlth Informatics Sys *,+4
Term Credits14
AHMS 158Legal Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
AHMS 252Computerized Medical Billing *,+3
AHMS 298BMBC-Professional Practice Exp *,+2
Select one of the following:  
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
Term Credits11
Total Credits63

Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.