Medical Billing & Coding Undergraduate Certificate
The healthcare industry depends on skilled, qualified medical insurance biller and coders to accurately record, register and track patient accounts. Recently, the United States has changed from the International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD-9) coding standards to ICD-10 standards – DeVry has kept pace with this change and offers courses that can prepare you for the new disease classifications. Earn an undergraduate certificate in Medical Billing and Coding from DeVry University and prepare to enter a fast-growing career* in healthcare.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited June 2016).
Reach Your Career Goals with a Stackable Degree
The Medical Billing & Coding Certificate program is designed to prepare you for an entry-level career in the growing health information field. The program is also part of a stackable degree path that allows you to earn an associate or bachelor's degree one step at a time.
- From Certificate to Associate. Earn a certificate in Medical Billing & Coding and you’ll be prepared take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam—the nationally accepted standard of achievement in the field—and step into a career as a medical biller or coder. If you want to continue your education, DeVry will apply all 10 courses to the Health Information Technology associate degree program.
- From Associate to Bachelor’s. When you earn an associate degree in Health Information Technology, you’ll be prepared to take the next step in your career. You’ll also be prepared to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam, which when completed successfully can help increase your employability. In addition, all 23 course credits directly apply to the next step in your education—a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a Health Information Management degree specialization.
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Why Consider this program?
Get your career in healthcare, one of today’s fastest-growing career fields
Employment in this field projected to grow double the avg. rate for all occupations* creating demand
Employment in healthcare is projected to grow 22%* through 2022.
Earn a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding within 1 year of full-time enrollment
Career Opportunities in the Field
With career opportunities in physician's offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and ambulatory centers, positions in the field of Medical Billing and Coding may include:
- Coder – Assess and code data to ensure that every duty performed in a medical office has an accurate code assigned to it for proper billing.
- Medical Records Technician/Analyst – process medical insurance claims, medical coding, and maintain patient records in various health care settings1
- Health Information Clerk – Update and maintain patient health records in a hospital, clinic or private practice.
Why Get Started at DeVry?
Whether you are looking to start preparing for your career in healthcare as a medical coder or biller, or if you are looking to eventually pursue an associate degree in Health Information Technology or a bachelor's degree in Technical Management with a Health Information Management specialization, a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding can be the first step.
- Use Medical Billing and Coding as a stepping stone to a more advanced career
- The credits earned in this program can be transferred into a related Associate or Bachelor's degree program (All 10 courses are part of the 23-course associate degree program in Health Information Technology)
- DeVry University offers the flexibility of online courses
- The more than 100 career services professionals at DeVry University speak to employers every day to help find our graduates successful careers
- DeVry University is committed to offer you the highest quality of education and student care to help ensure a successful completion of your program
Certificate Completion Requirements
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
Fundamentals of Pathophysiology
Pharmacology and Medical Treatment
Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab
This course provides a “road map” perspective of human body structure and function. Topics include cell structure and function, and a survey of all major systems of the human body. The connections and inter-working relationships among systems are introduced. Lab work includes computer exercises and simulation activities, as well as observation related to topics covered.
Students develop a foundational knowledge of the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of disease in order to work effectively with health data and communicate with healthcare providers. Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and mechanisms of human disease are integrated at a basic level of understanding. Students apply knowledge to examples and practice scenarios involving the classification and analysis of disease states.
This course surveys indications for the use of commonly prescribed pharmaceutical treatments. Terminology and classifications of drugs and their effects on human body systems are reviewed. Uses of surgical interventions and non-drug therapeutic treatments are also explored, in the context of addressing patient diagnoses and conditions. Students apply knowledge gained to practice examples.
This course covers history, organization and current issues in the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Interrelationships among system components and care providers are explored. Licensing, accrediting and regulatory compliance activities are discussed, as are the importance of financial and quality management, safety and security, and the role of health information professionals. The evolution, major application types and emerging trends in health information systems are explored.
Knowledge of clinical classification systems is expanded through presentation of principles of current procedural terminology (CPT-4 or most current version), used to code procedures performed by healthcare providers. Through practice exercises, students assign procedure codes and apply guidelines for assignment of evaluation and management (E/M) codes and modifiers to case examples. The purpose and use of the healthcare common procedure coding system (HCPCS) are reviewed. Application of coding principles to an electronic record system is explored.
Stackable Degree Path
Conveniently offered online
The College of Health Sciences offers a stackable degree path that allows students to apply all qualifying credits in the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program to the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. If you choose to earn a bachelor’s degree, you can apply the earned credits from the Health Information Technology Associate Degree to the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a specialization in Health Information Management.
DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org.
We offer online education options at the associate, bachelor's, and master's degree program levels, with the same quality education you’d receive on campus.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited October 26, 2015).