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Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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 $8,544
Application Fee $30
Books/Supplies $3,096
Total $11,670

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
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AHMS 105 Health Care Delivery + 2
AHMS 144 Medical Terminology + 3
BIOH 112 Human Form and Function I + 4
CAPP 131 Basic MS Office + 3
M 090 Introductory Algebra (or higher, excluding M 135, M 136, M 191A, and M 191B) **,+ 4
AHMS 160 Beginning Procedural Coding *,+ 3
AHMS 164 Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 *,+ 3
AHMS 201 Medical Science *,+ 3
BIOH 113 Human Form and Function II *,+ 3
HTH 180 Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs + 1
Select one of the following:  
WRIT 101 College Writing I **,+ 3
WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing **,+ 3
AHMS 108 Health Data Content & Struct *,+ 3
HIT 265 Electr Health Rec in Med Prac *,+ 3
Second Year
AHMS 156 Medical Billing Fundamentals *,+ 4
AHMS 212 CPT Coding *,+ 3
AHMS 213 ICD-10 Coding *,+ 3
AHMS 280 *,+ 4
AHMS 158 Legal & Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+ 3
AHMS 252 Computerized Medical Billing *,+ 3
AHMS 298B MBC-Professional Practice Exp *,+ 2
Select one of the following:  
PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology + 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology + 3
 Total Credits63