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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding

Break into this in-demand1 healthcare field. Prepare for the CCA Exam with 10 courses.*

Be a part of the solution to help provide more effective care. DeVry provides 100% online medical billing and coding classes every 8 weeks. Explore natural sciences and health information technology courses in our Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificate.

Dive deeper into procedural terminology and legal and regulatory issues by specializing in Health Information Coding (HIC).

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding in as little as 1 year*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


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Reasons to Choose DeVry:

  • AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification exam prep built-in

  • Program can prepare you for AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam as well

  • 100% online classes – with school sessions starting every 8 weeks

  • Get first-hand experience with simulated medical records in a virtual lab

  • Career Services support to help you with your resume and job search


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Amy Brewer

Amy Brewer

Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding, 2020

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Attending DeVry University has given my life a new direction and hope. Thank you DeVry University for empowering me to a successful future!

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Online Medical Billing and Coding Program – What You'll Learn

Learn the fundamental concepts through classification courses and practice in hands-on virtual lab environments. Additional skills that can be gained in our Undergraduate Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program include:

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Health Insurance and Reimbursement

Explore reimbursement and payment methodologies applicable to healthcare provided in various US settings.

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Classifying Medical Data

Abstract, classify and code medical data while also ensuring data quality and integrity.

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Process Information

Compile codes, categories, calculations, tabulations and audits, or verify information or data.

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Current Procedural Terminology

Study the principles and guidelines for using the Current Procedural Terminology system for reporting physician and other healthcare services, including non-inpatient procedures.

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Health Services and Information Systems

Explore the history and organization of, and current issues in, the US healthcare delivery system.

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Document and Record Information

Enter, transcribe, store or maintain information in written or electronic form.

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International Classification of Diseases Coding

Study the principles and guidelines for using the International Classification of Diseases system to code diagnoses and procedures.

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Medical Terminology

Learn medical terminology, including word etymology.

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Career Opportunities in Medical Billing and Coding

Graduates of our online Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificate may consider careers such as:

  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician
    Organize, manage and code health information data.

  • Billing Specialist
    Oversee the billing process for customers and patients, including processing and organizing payments and financial records.

  • Insurance Claims Specialist
    Help facilitate the processing of claims and may serve as the liaison between the insurance company and the provider and/or the insured.
  • Medical Biller
    Manage payments and insurance claims for the provider.

  • Collections Specialist
    Work with patients to resolve bills and collect payments.

  • Coding Professional
    Ensure that patient records are entered with the correct codes and manage billing with patients and/or insurance companies.

Program Course Options

Option 1

Medical Billing & Coding

Natural Sciences

BIOS105 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
BIOS267 Pathopharmacology

Health Information Technology

HIT111 Basic Medical Terminology
HIT120 Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
HIT141 Health Information Processes with Lab
HIT203 International Classification of Diseases Coding I with Lab
HIT205 International Classification of Diseases Coding II with Lab
HIT211 Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab
HIT230 Health Insurance and Reimbursement

Career Preparation

HIT252 Coding Practicum and Review (CCA Exam)
Option 2

Medical Billing & Coding - Health Information Coding

Natural Sciences

BIOS105 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
BIOS267 Pathopharmacology

Health Information Technology

HIT111 Basic Medical Terminology
HIT120 Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
HIT141 Health Information Processes with Lab
HIT203 International Classification of Diseases I with Lab
HIT205 International Classification of Diseases II with Lab
HIT211 Current Procedural Terminology Coding with Lab
HIT213 Current Procedure Terminology Coding II w/ Lab
HIT220 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Health Information
HIT230 Health Insurance and Reimbursement

Career Preparation

HIT260 Coding Practicum w/Lab
HIT261 CCS Review (CCS Exam)

Medical Billing and Coding Course Previews

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

BIOS105
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & 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.

BIOS267
Pathopharmacology

This course combines the study of common human diseases and corresponding drug therapies used in their treatment. You 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.

HIT203 & HIT205
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 you 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.

HIT211 & HIT213
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, you 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.

"The medical industry is ever-changing. Keeping up with the latest terminology for medical billing and coding is essential."

GREGORY ZALESKI, MBA RHIA MBA, RHIA - Associate Professor and College of Health Sciences National Faculty

Medical Billing and Coding Training

To pursue opportunities in the fast-growing field of medical billing and coding,1 consider earning an undergraduate certificate that prepares you to pursue the CPC, CCS or CCA certification exams.2 In general, your medical billing and coding classes should cover:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Pathopharmacology
  • Basic medical terminology
  • Health services and information systems
  • Health information processes
  • The International Classification of Diseases coding system (ICD-10)
  • Current procedural terminology
  • Legal and regulatory issues related to health information

Comprehensive medical billing and coding training should also provide ample hands-on opportunities with healthcare applications such as encoders and electronic health record systems.

Online Virtual Lab Training

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Our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program will help you master how to accurately record, register, submit and track patient information.

Our students work in EHR Go, a web-based learning platform designed to encourage you to see the holistic nature of healthcare. Students access simulated medical health records to perform real-world health information and coding activities.

Built-in Prep for AHIMA’S Certification Exams 

  • Our MBC program helps prepare you for the CCA Certification Exam
  • Our MBC-HIC program helps prepare you for the CCS Certification Exam

Medical Billing and Coding Certification

Pursuing a career in medical coding and billing requires you to have both financial acumen and medical knowledge. You need the skills to accurately bill patients, send insurance claims and create accurate patient health records. To pursue a medical coding job, you'll typically need to obtain at least one of these medical billing and coding certifications:

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC): This certification shows that you have a good command of medical billing code sets, as well as evaluation and management (E/M) principles. You also need to demonstrate the ability to adhere to documentation and coding guidelines.

  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS): This certification requires that you demonstrate a high level of commitment, coding expertise and professional capacity across all medical settings.

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA): This certification indicates that you have learned the process and skills of classifying medical data from patient records.

About Medical Billing and Coding Certification Exams

Medical billing and coding specialists typically pursue an industry certification to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and experience to employers. Common certifications include the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder exam and AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate and Certified Coding Specialist exams. We can help you understand the specifics of each exam and determine which is the right fit for you.

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Medical Billing and Coding - Ways to Apply What You've Learned

Medical Coding and Billing Careers

A career in medical billing and coding allows you to utilize cutting-edge technologies within the healthcare industry. Various positions may be available in different healthcare settings, such as physicians' offices, hospitals, medical billing service providers, dental offices, emergency rooms, ambulatory centers, insurance companies and more. The right professional training and certification can prepare you to take on many responsibilities when working with healthcare professionals to improve patient care and facilitate best practice billing and coding procedures.

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Almost all courses count toward the next degree level3

How Do Credentials Stack?

When you earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding, almost all courses you complete in the program apply to your Associate Degree in Health Information Technology.

When you complete the associate, all but one course stacks into our bachelor’s in business degree with a specialization in Health Information Management. Build your confidence – and your resume – when you start your journey at DeVry.

Medical Billing and Coding FAQs


What skills will I learn in Medical Billing and Coding training?

DeVry’s Medical Billing and Coding certification is designed to teach medical terminology, health services and information systems, health insurance and reimbursement, classifying medical data, and much more. Explore additional skills taught in our Medical Billing and Coding certificate by visiting our Medical Billing and Coding Training page.

Learn more about medical billing and medical coding training on our medical billing training and medical coding training pages.


What certifications will I have when I complete the MBC certificate?

When you earn your Undergraduate Certificate in medical billing and coding, you can pursue an industry-recognized medical billing and coding certification, such as the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam with AHIMA, or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam with AACP.


What are the prerequisites for the medical billing and coding program?

In addition to meeting admissions requirements, the only pre-requisite for enrollment in medical billing and coding schools is a high school diploma or equivalent.

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What is Medical Billing and Coding?

Medical billing and coding involves reviewing medical records and determining the diagnosis and procedures of the patient. It is an essential component of the healthcare system in that it allows medical providers to be reimbursed for the services delivered.4 Medical billing and coding are distinct yet related processes. Medical coding involves documenting and categorizing billable information from a patient’s medical record into standardized codes. Once that is done, medical billing professionals use those codes to submit insurance claims and invoice patients.


What Does a Medical Biller and Coder Do?

Medical billing and coding duties vary but include working with healthcare professionals to determine care services and managing the claim process. Essentially, medical billing and coding professionals manage the end-to-end billing cycle for healthcare services and act as liaisons between clinical providers and insurance companies. It is a role that many healthcare providers require.

There are actually two different potential professions you can explore after receiving your Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding at DeVry – Medical Billing or Medical Coding.

A medical billing specialist would:
• Submit claims to insurance companies
• Ensure that the responsible party pays for claims
• Manage payments and invoices

A medical coding specialist would:
• Work with healthcare professionals to correctly identify the services and treatments a patient has received
• Ensure that medical records correctly reflect their patients' care
• Stay up-to-date with new coding regulations and standards


What is the difference between medical coding and billing?

Medical billing and coding depend on one another yet represent different points in the healthcare payment process. Medical coding generally comes first and involves working with healthcare providers and clinicians to identify and align on the healthcare services provided and assigning the appropriate coding to accurately represent those services. With that information, medical billing professionals can then use those CPT codes to develop billing statements to file insurance claims and ensure patients are appropriately invoiced.


Where do medical billers and coders work?

Virtually every type of healthcare provider requires the services of medical billers and coders. However, the career opportunities go beyond just organizations that provide direct care. In addition to working in hospitals and doctor’s offices, those with medical billing and coding training can also explore careers with health insurance companies, law firms and governmental agencies.


What is a medical billing and coding certification?

A Medical Billing and Coding Certification signals to healthcare professionals that you have taken the time to study the complexity of billing and coding. It communicates that you’ve demonstrated proficient knowledge of the multitude of codes and billing processes that are required to process medical services for billing and reimbursement. The two primary organizations that offer medical billing and coding certifications are the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Can you take online classes for medical billing and coding?

Yes. You can learn medical billing and coding online.

At DeVry, our medical billing and coding programs are 100% online. Class sessions start every 8 weeks so you can begin your studies any time that's convenient for you. You can complete your courses at your own pace, enrolling full-time or part-time. Our advisors will help you design a plan that works for your career goals and personal schedule.


Is medical billing and coding hard?

A future in medical billing and coding can be more attainable than you might think. While medical billing and coding involves knowledge of numerous code sets and complex medical information, that doesn’t mean you have to memorize every code. At DeVry, our Medical Billing and Coding certificate programs are designed to help you gain hands-on experience with common billing and coding software using simulated patient records. You’ll gain the knowledge you need in common health-related subjects to prepare to pursue a career as a medical biller or coder.


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1Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm
2Eligible students who register for and complete the exams may be reimbursed for one exam sitting.
3For the MBC certificate program, all but one course stacks into our Associate Degree in Health Information technology. For the AHIT program, all but one course stacks into our Bachelor’s in Technical Management degree with a specialization in Health Information Management. Program availability varies by location.
4https://www.uscmed.com/blog/medical-billing-coding-important-to-healthcare-industry/
*The Health Information Coding (HIC) specialization requires 13 courses to complete, not considering any qualifying transfer credits. Additional program information may be found here.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.

Last Updated October 6, 2021