Insurance billing and coding programs are typically available as certificate programs. Associate's degree programs in majors like health management services or health information technology will usually include training in coding and billing as well. Certification is voluntary in this field, but often preferred by prospective employers. Education requirements depend on the credential.
Central Oregon Community College
Central Oregon Community College in Bend offers medical billing specialist and medical coding certificate programs. Students pursuing the billing program take courses such as medical terminology, health information systems, healthcare math, medical coding, and medical record analysis. The medical coding program adds coursework in advanced coding, such as ICD-9-CM, CPT, and ICD-10-CM coding. The billing specialist program prepares students to work in the insurance industry. Graduates of the coding program typically go on to work in medical settings. The college also offers an associate's degree program in health information technology that includes training in medical coding and billing.
Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa Community College in Salem offers an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management program. Besides coursework in coding and insurance billing, students study medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, and math.
Klamath Community College
Students interested in insurance billing and coding can find training through the health information management associate's degree program at this community college in Klamath Falls. The program includes courses in coding, as well as billing, HIPAA management, health information systems and procedures, and medical terminology. The program ends with participation in a cooperative work experience.
Lane Community College
The medical coding certificate program at Lane Community College in Eugene trains students to become medical coding specialists. Students in this program learn to translate medical notes into code for the purpose of receiving reimbursement for medical bills. Students also gain knowledge in human anatomy and physiology, as well as etiology, pathology, and disease.
Medical coding and billing is also part of the available curriculum in the school's health records technology certificate and health information management associate's degree program. Students are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the administration of patients' health and medical records.
Linn-Benton Community College
Linn-Benton Community College in Albany offers a one-year a coding and reimbursement specialist certificate program with a coding and billing emphasis. Graduates of the program go on to become records clerks or receptionists in medical facilities. They develop administrative, communication, computer, and problem-solving skills. Students also learn to work effectively as part of a team and gain hands-on experience working with word processing and microcomputers.
Mt. Hood Community College
Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham offers a Medical Office Coding Certificate and a Medical Billing/Claims Analyst Certificate. Both programs provide extensive instruction and training in medical office procedures, as well as billing and coding practices.
Both programs offer multiple classes in medical coding and billing. In addition to the same core courses in both programs, the medical billing/claims analyst program includes a course in communication technologies, while the medical coding program includes an option of a survey class in body systems or a human anatomy and physiology sequence. Both programs include an 8-credit cooperative education internship during the last quarter.
Portland Community College
This community college in Portland offers non-credit online courses in basic coding and medical coding. Students may take the required prerequisite courses in medical terminology, and advanced anatomy and physiology online before starting the basic class. The basic class is a prerequisite for the medical coding course. An optional occupational skills training internship is also available. Students who wish to become certified coders can pursue an online course that prepares them to take the AAPC exam.
Southwestern Oregon Community College
A medical coding course is part of the curriculum in the medical clerical certificate program at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay and Curry. Additional course topics in the 50-credit program include medical terminology, health information systems, reimbursement management, body structures, organizational human relations, and office procedures. Students also participate in a cooperative work experience. Graduates are prepared for clerical positions in medical facilities, including doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals.
Umpqua Community College
Aspiring medical coding specialists can earn a Medical Billing and Collections Clerk Certificate at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Curriculum in the nine-month program trains students for positions in medical offices and facilities. Training focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to work in the industry, with courses such as medical office procedures, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, health insurance, and healthcare reimbursement.
The CCA (Certified Coding Associate), issued by AHIMA, requires only a high school diploma, while a degree is required for the organization's RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) credential. The CPC (Certified Professional Coder), issued by AAPC (the American Academy of Professional Coders) does not require an associate's degree, but it is recommended.
See the ten programs listed below for information on certificate and associate's degree programs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Insurance Billing and Coding Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
|Central Oregon Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Medical Billing Specialist Certificate,
Medical Coding Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
|$3,555 in-district, $4,599 in-state, $9,135 out-of-state (2015-2016)*|
|Chemeketa Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management||$4,230 in-state, $11,520 out-of-state (2015-2016)*|
|Klamath Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management||$3,687 in-state, $6,495 out-of-state (2015-2016)*|
|Lane Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Medical Coding,
Certificate of Completion in Health Records Technology,
A.A.S. in Health Information Management
|$4,047 in-state, $9,213 out-of-state (2015-2016)*|
|Linn-Benton Community College||2-year, public; small city||Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Program||$111.11 per credit in-state, $242.80 per credit out-of-state (2016-2017)**|
|Mt. Hood Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Medical Billing/Claims Analyst Certificate,
Medical Office Coding Certificate
| $7,836 for billing program (2016),
$7,876 for coding program (2015)**
|Portland Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Basic Coding Online Course,
Medical Coding Online Course
| Basic Coding: $388 in-state, $904 out-of-state (tuition only);
Medical Coding: $1,595 (2016)**
|Southwestern Oregon Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Certificate of Completion in Medical Clerical||$$5,959 (2015)**|
|Umpqua Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certificate in Medical Billing and Collections||$104.50 per credit in-state; $220.50 per credit out-of-state (2016-2017)**|
Sources: * NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites.