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Medical Billing Specialist Certificate

Medical Billing Specialist Certificate

The Medical Billing Specialist (MRS) 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-9-CM, 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.

CHANGES COMING TO CURRICULUM, CERTIFICATE NAME, AND ENTRY POINT BEGINNING 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR - SEE BELOW

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. Those who are uncomfortable with either of these applications should take CU 102 Word I (2 credits) and/or CU 104 PowerPoint (1 credit) prior to program entry. Students new to online learning may want to take OLL 101 (2 credits).

Internship Requirements
Professional Practice Experience internships (“Capstone” courses) for the program may require:

·        Criminal and federal fraud background checks

·        Health insurance

·        Immunizations

·        Vehicle insurance (where applicable)

·        40-80 hours of in-person, on-site clinical visitations

You can go full or part time. The following schedule is based on full time attendance. Classes must be taken in the order below – first quarter courses are offered in Fall and Spring. (please note beginning Fall 2015 entry will change to winter only)

CURRICULUM 2014-2015 SCHOOL 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 Q
HIT 105Medical TerminologyAcceptance into MBS program5
HIT 110HCDSAcceptance into MBS program5
CU 105Word/Excel 5
 2nd Q  
BUS 110Business MathMath 855
MO 110Medical OfficeCU 1055
HIT 141OP DX CodingHIT 105, HIT 1102
HIT 195Health LawHIT 105, HIT 1103
3rd Q
HIT 170CPTHIT 141, MO 1105
HIT 151BillingHIT 141, HIT 170 or concurrent5
HIT 185Billing ClinicalHIT 151 or concurrent3
     

Total credits = 48

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

CURRICULUM 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR - WINTER ENTRY MO 101 ONLY AND NAME CHANGE TO MEDICAL BILLING CERTIFICATE

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 Q WINTER Pre-req
HIT 130Medical Terminology ICollege Level REading5
MO 101HCDS and Alternate CareENGL& 1015
CU 105Word/Excel 5
 2nd Q  SPRING
BUS 110Business MathMath 855
MO 110Medical OfficeMO 101, CU 1055
HIT 141 or 140OP DX CodingHIM 130, MO 1012
MO 159OP Procedural CodingMO 101, HIT 141 or 140 or concurrent3
3rd Q FALL
MO 143Professional Development and EthicsMO 1105
MO 151BillingMO 110, MO 120, HIT 141 or 140, HIT 170 (or concurrent)5
MO 185Billing ClinicalHIT 151 or concurrent3
     

Total credits = 45

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

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