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Medical Billing Specialist Certificate

Medical Billing Specialist Certificate

The next admission into the Medical Billing Specialist Certificate is Winter Quarter 2018. Full-time students can expect to finish the certificate in Summer Quarter 2018.

The Medical Billing Specialist (MBS) program prepares students for employment as medical billers, patient account representatives, medical claims reviews, and a variety of other medical support positions.

Training includes the business and administrative requirements of health care. Graduates will acquire a general knowledge of the healthcare field with a focus on being able to understand coding for medical diagnoses and procedures (ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS) and to bill accurately, ethically and assertively to optimize provider reimbursement. This program will give the graduate the tools to be a valuable resource to the physician office, large group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, and insurance and managed care providers.

Program Requirements

The courses for this certificate program are offered in a full online format.

Computer Requirements
Students are required to have internet access with reliable computer hardware and software, and must be familiar with and comfortable using computers.

Those who need remedial computer training should take TCC’s CU 100 course (2 credits) prior to program entry. Students are required to use Microsoft Office programs, specifically Word and PowerPoint. Students new to online learning may want to take OLL 101 (2 credits).

Students can go full or part-time. The following schedule is based on full-time attendance. 

Internship Requirements
The virtual internship will be completed in class and will focus on completing a pre-determined amount of claim forms with a target accuracy rate. Students are encouraged to seek out a physical internship site to host them if they desire hands-on experience outside of the classroom.

Billing Credential - CPB
Students completing the MBS certificate are encouraged to sit for the national Certified Professional Biller (CPB) credential offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Curriculum 2017-18 Academic Year

General Core Requirement

Must be completed before beginning the Medical Billing Specialist certificate core requirements and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better within two attempts. 

ENGL& 101         English Composition I     5

 Technical Core Requirements

1st Quarter - Winter Quarter
HIT 130 (HIT 105 if seeking HIT Associate degree)Medical Terminology I3 cr
MO 101Healthcare Delivery and Alternate Care5 cr
CU 105Word I & Excel I5 cr
2nd Quarter - Spring Quarter
BUS 110 (MATH 93/136 or MATH 146 if seeking HIT Associate degree)Business Math5 cr
MO 110Medical Office Procedures5 cr
HIT 141Outpatient Diagnostic ICD-10-CM Coding2 cr
MO 159Introduction to Outpatient Procedure Coding5 cr
3rd Quarter - Summer Quarter
MO 143Medical Office Professional Development and Ethics3 cr
MO 151Insurance/Claims Processing5 cr
MO 185Medical Reimbursement Specialist Virtual Clinical3 cr
Pick one (x1) CU elective from list below. While these are listed as campus-based only, the CU Chair, Mary Jane Oberhofer (moberhofer@tacomacc.edu) can help convert the class so that it can be taken online. You must seek her permission to do this prior to enrolling.
CU 104 (Elective)PowerPoint1 cr
CU 108 (Elective)Outlook2 cr
CU 110 (Elective)Access I2 cr
CU 203 (Elective) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDExcel II3 cr

Total credits = 46-48

Program costs and employment outlook provided by Gainful Employment initiative - Medical Billing Specialist

Please take time to review the Virtual Information Session for complete overview of the MBS certificate andrelated programs.

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