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Medical Billing Specialist

Certificate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Deborah Newton

This program is offered completely on-line.

Gainful Employment Programs Information

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

The Medical Billing 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 Certificate program are trained as entry-level billing specialists. All courses in this curriculum can be applied to the AAS in Medical Billing and Coding.


Graduates are prepared to:

  • Abstract information from patient records for reimbursement purposes.
  • Use current ICD and CPT coding appropriately.
  • Complete ‘‘clean” claims, CMS/UB-92, for private insurances and government programs such as TRICARE, Medicare, Medicaid, and Worker’s Compensation.
  • Analyze explanations of benefits (EOBs) and Remittance Advice (RA) forms and post to patient accounts.
  • Amend incorrect claims, appeal claims that did not pay correctly, and trace outstanding claims.
  • Understand and work within HIPPA guidelines for medical facilities.
  • Interact and communicate with other healthcare workers in a professional manner, following medicolegal and ethical standards.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees$6,109
Application Fee$30
Books/Supplies$2,377
Total$8,516
*

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 Specialist program are strongly advised to be proficient in keyboarding and typing.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
First Year
FallCredits
AHMS 108Health Data Content Struct *,+3
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals *,+4
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I +4
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3
Term Credits17
Spring
AHMS 158Legal Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
AHMS 160Beginning Procedural Coding *,+3
AHMS 164Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 *,+3
AHMS 201Medical Science *,+3
AHMS 252Computerized Medical Billing *,+3
Term Credits15
Summer
M 090Introductory Algebra (or higher, excluding M 135, M 136, M 191A, and M 191B) **,+4
Select one of the following:  
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
Select one of the following:  
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3
Term Credits10
Total Credits42
*

Indicates prerequisites needed.

**

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

+

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