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Medical Billing Specialist Certificate

Medical Billing Specialist Certificate

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. 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. 


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
HIT 130Medical Terminology I 3
MO 101HCDS and Alternate Care 5
CU 105Word/Excel 5
 2nd Q  SPRING
BUS 110Business Math 5
MO 110Medical Office 5
HIT 141 or 140OP DX Coding 2
MO 159OP Procedural Coding 4
3rd Q Summer
MO 143Professional Development and Ethics 3
MO 151Billing 5
MO 185Billing Clinical 3

Total credits = 45

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