The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program is designed for those who want to begin medical billing and coding careers or prepare for a nationally recognized certification exam. The training in this program provides the necessary skills required by employers seeking a medical biller or medical coder. Medical billers are responsible for submitting claims to insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and in some instances, patients themselves on behalf of their employers or clients. Professional medical coders transform verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric codes. The coding of health-related data permits access to medical records by diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Students who successfully complete this program are qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)—Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC). For more information on the national certification exams or student membership with the AAPC or AHIMA, please visit either www.aapc.com or www.ahima.org. This program takes nine months to complete. The program will run from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020. Payment plan available.
Prerequisite: 1) English language competency. An ESL evaluation is strongly recommended. To schedule your evaluation, please call the Academic Success Center at 860-343-5785 and ask for an appointment to take the ESL test. There is no charge. 2) Must be at least 18 years of age.
Students who pass the CPC exam are eligible to receive college credit through Charter Oak State College.
The following courses are required to earn this certificate:
Medical Office Electronic Health Records $499
Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders $825
Medical Insurance $499
Medical Coding I $498
Medical Coding II $498
Total = $2,819 + textbooks