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CPC Medical Billing and Coding

  • 12 Months
  • 340 Course Hours
  • $2,695

Overview

Become a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Whether you're just starting out or transitioning into a different field, this course will help you enter the medical billing and coding field. More than 850,000 practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billers and coders to receive payment for their services and the demand is only growing.

Medical Terminology focuses on the language of medicine. You will study word parts and the structures and functions of the human body. You will also learn about the disorders and medical procedures common to each body system.

CPC Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included) will train you in the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to a career in the medical billing and coding field. You will gain hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding and work with the main coding manuals: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II. You will also have the option to complete a Career Roadmap lesson to help you find, land, and keep a job in your new field.

This course also prepares you for the American Academy of Professional Coders' (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. You will complete PractiCode lessons, practice exams, and work from the official CPC Certification guide. This course includes a 1-year AAPC membership and voucher for the CPC exam cost and one free retake.

"I would definitely recommend this program; in fact I have recommended this program to a few of my friends. At first I wasn't sure about talking such a course as this one online. After I started the course, I was surprised how fast the books came, the instructions were easy to follow, and it was so easy to keep up the assignments and learning. I was very pleased." - Dessiree F.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Master the fundamentals of medical billing & coding and medical terminology
  • Hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding
  • Word parts and the structures and functions of the human body

How you will benefit

  • Preparation to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
  • Builds a solid foundation for entry into the health care industry

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 12-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Job Outlook

Earning the CPC Medical Billing and Coding certification will put you at the forefront of one of today's fastest growing professions.  As a certified Medical Billing and Coding professional you can: 

Earn $40,000+ annually
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350,
 
Expect 27,000 New Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also estimates that at least 27,000 new jobs will be needed in this profession by 2026.


Objectives

In the CPC Medical Billing and Coding program you will: 

  • Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures.
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the CPC exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

 

Curriculum

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Learn common medical terminology of the body and how it relates to diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine and pharmacology
 
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING
Overview of medical billing and coding in today’s healthcare system
 
HEALTHCARE LAW
How HIPAA, the False Claims Act and the Stark Law protect health information
 
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS
Health insurance terms, healthcare provider terms and third-party reimbursement methods
 
PHARMACOLOGY FOR CODERS
Definition of pharmacology, drug classifications and routes of administration
 
ICD-10-CM
Overview of ICD-10-CM, as well as coding guidelines, conventions and steps for assigning ICD-10-CM codes
 
CPT AND HCPCS LEVEL II CODING
How the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and CPT Code Book work, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes
 
ABSTRACTING INFORMATION FROM MEDICAL DOCUMENTS
Coding from soap notes, consultation reports, operative reports, emergency room records and procedure reports
 
NEW PATIENTS, INSURANCE CLAIMS AND EOBS
Electronic, paper and hybrid medical records, practice management software and developing insurance claims
 
SUBMITTING ELECTRONIC CLAIMS AND CMS 1500
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), electronic claims submission and the National Uniform Claim Committee
 
BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD
Working with participating and nonparticipating providers
 
MEDICARE
Understanding Medicare, parts A, B, C and D
 
OTHER HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS
Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPVA and Workers' Compensation

 

 

Instructor

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.
 
LaTisha Cottingham

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a long-term care establishment that is based out of Alabama.  Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.


 

FAQs

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL BILLER AND A MEDICAL CODER?
Medical coders translate patient care into current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the medical services provided are accurately coded. Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides.
 
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER?
Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
 
HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEDICAL BILLER AND CODER?
In most cases, it takes between one and three years to become a medical biller and coder. Earning a medical billing and coding certification can take up to one year. While earning an associate degree can take up to three years.
 
CAN MEDICAL BILLERS AND CODERS WORK REMOTE?
Yes. However, this will vary depending on the healthcare organization that one works for and their level of experience within the medical billing and coding profession.
 
IS MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING A GOOD CAREER?
U.S. News and World Report ranked medical records technician (professionals that perform medical billing, medical coding or both) as #9 on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree," #12 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs” and on the “The 100 Best Jobs” list.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 12-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

  
 
 
 

Overview

Become a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Whether you're just starting out or transitioning into a different field, this course will help you enter the medical billing and coding field. More than 850,000 practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billers and coders to receive payment for their services and the demand is only growing.

Medical Terminology focuses on the language of medicine. You will study word parts and the structures and functions of the human body. You will also learn about the disorders and medical procedures common to each body system.

CPC Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included) will train you in the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to a career in the medical billing and coding field. You will gain hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding and work with the main coding manuals: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II. You will also have the option to complete a Career Roadmap lesson to help you find, land, and keep a job in your new field.

This course also prepares you for the American Academy of Professional Coders' (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. You will complete PractiCode lessons, practice exams, and work from the official CPC Certification guide. This course includes a 1-year AAPC membership and voucher for the CPC exam cost and one free retake.

"I would definitely recommend this program; in fact I have recommended this program to a few of my friends. At first I wasn't sure about talking such a course as this one online. After I started the course, I was surprised how fast the books came, the instructions were easy to follow, and it was so easy to keep up the assignments and learning. I was very pleased." - Dessiree F.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Master the fundamentals of medical billing & coding and medical terminology
  • Hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding
  • Word parts and the structures and functions of the human body

How you will benefit

  • Preparation to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
  • Builds a solid foundation for entry into the health care industry

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 12-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Job Outlook

Earning the CPC Medical Billing and Coding certification will put you at the forefront of one of today's fastest growing professions.  As a certified Medical Billing and Coding professional you can: 

Earn $40,000+ annually
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350,
 
Expect 27,000 New Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also estimates that at least 27,000 new jobs will be needed in this profession by 2026.


Objectives

In the CPC Medical Billing and Coding program you will: 

  • Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures.
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the CPC exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

 

Curriculum

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Learn common medical terminology of the body and how it relates to diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine and pharmacology
 
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING
Overview of medical billing and coding in today’s healthcare system
 
HEALTHCARE LAW
How HIPAA, the False Claims Act and the Stark Law protect health information
 
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS
Health insurance terms, healthcare provider terms and third-party reimbursement methods
 
PHARMACOLOGY FOR CODERS
Definition of pharmacology, drug classifications and routes of administration
 
ICD-10-CM
Overview of ICD-10-CM, as well as coding guidelines, conventions and steps for assigning ICD-10-CM codes
 
CPT AND HCPCS LEVEL II CODING
How the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and CPT Code Book work, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes
 
ABSTRACTING INFORMATION FROM MEDICAL DOCUMENTS
Coding from soap notes, consultation reports, operative reports, emergency room records and procedure reports
 
NEW PATIENTS, INSURANCE CLAIMS AND EOBS
Electronic, paper and hybrid medical records, practice management software and developing insurance claims
 
SUBMITTING ELECTRONIC CLAIMS AND CMS 1500
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), electronic claims submission and the National Uniform Claim Committee
 
BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD
Working with participating and nonparticipating providers
 
MEDICARE
Understanding Medicare, parts A, B, C and D
 
OTHER HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS
Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPVA and Workers' Compensation

 

 

Instructor

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.
 
LaTisha Cottingham

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a long-term care establishment that is based out of Alabama.  Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.


 

FAQs

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL BILLER AND A MEDICAL CODER?
Medical coders translate patient care into current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the medical services provided are accurately coded. Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides.
 
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER?
Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
 
HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEDICAL BILLER AND CODER?
In most cases, it takes between one and three years to become a medical biller and coder. Earning a medical billing and coding certification can take up to one year. While earning an associate degree can take up to three years.
 
CAN MEDICAL BILLERS AND CODERS WORK REMOTE?
Yes. However, this will vary depending on the healthcare organization that one works for and their level of experience within the medical billing and coding profession.
 
IS MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING A GOOD CAREER?
U.S. News and World Report ranked medical records technician (professionals that perform medical billing, medical coding or both) as #9 on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree," #12 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs” and on the “The 100 Best Jobs” list.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 12-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

  
 
 
 

Registration Information

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

The CPC Medical Billing and Coding program is 100% online and allows you to enroll at any time.  After enrolling you will have 12 months to complete the program at a pace that is convenient for you.  You can get started today by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below and completing your registration at our partner ed2go site.