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Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program

Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificates

Take your courses online, on your own time and break into this growing, in-demand healthcare field1.

Reasons to Choose DeVry:

   AHIMA’s CCS certification exam prep built-in
  Program can prepare you for AHIMA’s CCA and AAPC’s CPC exam as well
  Hands-on experience in a virtual lab environment with real medical records
  100% online classes – with school sessions starting every eight weeks
  Get resume and job searching help with our Career Services support
  You may be eligible for our $500 Opportunity Grant2

Medical Billing and Coding Coursework

The Medical Billing and Coding certificate programs may include these courses:

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

Pathopharmacology

International Classification of Diseases

Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology 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.

Pathopharmacology

This course combines the study of common human diseases and corresponding drug therapies used in their treatment. Students can explore the fundamental concepts of the disease process, while also integrating basic pharmacology concepts and drug therapies associated with treatment of common pathologies. Emphasis is placed on disease etiology, sights and symptoms, and diagnostic measures, as well as dosage, actions and administration routes.

International Classification of Diseases

This two-course sequence addresses principals, guidelines, definitions and coding conventions of the International Classification of Diseases-10-Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) and ICD-10-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). Coursework is designed to help students gain experience needed for accurately dissecting operative reports and building codes in ICD-10-PCS. Also examined are anatomy and code structure for each of the body systems and related sections of ICD-10-PCS; health records; manual and computerized coding methods; and coding references. Patient records and exercises using coding manuals and software tools provide further practice in coding and sequencing diagnoses and procedures. Coding ethics, data quality and application of coding principles to electronic record systems are explored.

Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab

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.

In our Medical Billing and Coding online courses, you’ll get hands-on experience working in AHIMA’s VLab – an internet-based, virtual lab environment that gives students experience with real-world medical records.

Earn Your Credentials One Step at a Time

With our stackable programs, you can earn a resume-worthy credential with an undergraduate certificate in Medical Billing and Coding to help you further your education. And if you continue on, you’ll have a head start by applying qualifying credits to an associate or bachelor’s degree3.

Certificate: MBC to Associate: HIT to Bachelor's: Technical Management - HIM

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Will a certificate in this field provide me with the skills I need to start a career in the medical billing industry?

With our Medical Billing and Coding certificate programs, you can prepare for entry-level coding positions.

What are the pre-requisites for enrollment in this certificate program?

The only pre-requisite for enrollment in these programs are a high school diploma or equivalent.

What topics/skills will I learn about in this online course?

Topics may include classes on human anatomy and physiology, pathopharmacology, international classification of diseases and current procedural terminology. For a complete list of courses, please see the Medical Billing and Coding – Health Information Coding Coursework PDF.

Are the Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificates accredited by any independent organizations?

DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. For a complete accreditation, please visit our accreditation page.

Which industry exams will these certificate programs help prepare students for?

Does an online medical billing and coding certificate program offer flexibility to suit my schedule?

Our programs are offered online so you can determine your own schedule and study at your own pace with sessions starting every 8 weeks. 

What can I expect from an online certificate program in this field?

In addition to offering the CCS, CCA and CPC exam preparation, DeVry’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate programs offers:

  • Hands-on experience in a virtual lab environment with real medical records
  • Resume and job search help with our Career Services support

What are my options for financing an online certificate in this field?

We have a range of financial aid and cost-saving options you may qualify for, like the DeVry Opportunity Grant, as well as corporate tuition savings programs. In addition to our programs, you may qualify for work-study programs, state and federal grant programs and student loans.

What is included in the cost of the program?

Textbooks, course materials and career guidance are included in the cost of our programs.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Medical Biller and Coder? 

One of our Medical Billing and Coding Professors, Dr. Lisa Campbell, explains:

  • A medical biller and coder reviews the medical record and determines the diagnoses and procedures the patient has, so it is important to understand the language of medicine to ensure they’re accurately assigning codes for the diagnoses and procedures the patient has.
  • The medical industry is ever-changing and with those changes we have new diagnoses, there are new procedures that sometimes require the coders to research the procedure or the diagnoses from a clinical prospective to ensure accurate code assignment.

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. While some employers may not require this level of education, it can help better prepare you for the responsibilities of this role. Employment is not guaranteed and some occupations may require years of relevant experience.

2 The DeVry University Opportunity Grant will be available in the 2017-2018 school year (July 2017 – May 2018) to new and readmit students who meet merit and need-based qualifications. Subject to approval, use requirements, program level and availability of funds. Specific eligibility criteria applies. This grant cannot be used in combination with any other offer or award or group-specific tuition rate.

3 Credits apply to the online associate degree of Health Information Technology or Health Information Management degree specialization of the bachelor’s degree in Technical Management.

4 Source: https://www.aapc.com/