Diploma in Medical Billing/Administrative Specialist

The Medical Billing/Administrative Specialist program is designed to prepare students to function as members of the health care management team with office responsibilities including insurance coding, processing, medical administrative procedures and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system.

This curriculum provides instruction and training for students interested in becoming skilled professionals who aid physicians by performing various administrative and billing procedures in an office or clinic setting. Graduates of this program may pursue work in an entry-level position in a medical office, clinic, hospital, pharmaceutical company, medical lab or insurance company. They will be expected to know how to:

  • Provide training in the major roles of a medical administrative assistant.
  • Present professional ethics of specialized terminology and of the legal responsibilities of a healthcare specialist.
  • Demonstrate and apply office and supervisory management skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate office software applications.
  • Integrate technology into office scheduling, medical billing and records management.
  • Develop proficiencies in office procedures via office simulation applications.
  • Perform routine office procedures in an efficient and professional manner.
  • Provide an understanding of health care knowledge, management skills and business administration methods.
  • Understand routine general procedures and specialized procedures used in billing for insurance processing in a variety of health care settings.

Coursework in this program is designed to teach the skills needed to perform procedures in the front office of a medical facility. For example:

  • In Health Records, Coding and Reimbursement, course content focuses on skills related to health information management, billing, coding and health insurance reimbursement. Topics include medical records management, patient scheduling and charting, procedural and diagnostic coding, applying managed care policies and procedures, calculating deductibles, completing insurance claim forms and billing and collecting for healthcare services.
  • In Basic Coding Concepts, students are provided with a background and skills needed for beginning ICD-9-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding specific to outpatient care settings. Practical competency questions are featured through the course.
  • In Medical Billing Externship, students have the opportunity to gain experience integrating the theoretical knowledge of the medical billing and coding program into real-world practice. They will be supervised in a selected physician’s office or other healthcare facility and will be evaluated by personnel from the site and program faculty. They will also be expected to document coding and billing activities they perform on a weekly basis.

Other required courses in this program include:

  • Student Success
  • English Composition I
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals
  • Career Success
  • Medical Terminology - All Body Systems
  • Keyboarding I
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Medical Front Office Applications
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Medical Front Office Procedures
  • Electronic Health Records Management
  • Certification Exam Review

Course curriculum is subject to change.