Students in Florida can find a variety of medical billing and coding programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). This type of training generally includes classroom instruction and clinical education where students obtain hands-on training working in medical office settings. Medical billing and coding instruction may be offered within certificate or degree programs and can also be found in health information technology (HIT) programs.
While these programs teach students medical office procedures, the main focus is on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding systems. The 10 Florida schools outlined below offer medical billing and coding programs that can prepare students for certification and employment.
Eastern Florida State College
The medical information coder/biller program at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa is available on a full- or part-time basis, with many courses available online. This 37-credit program can be completed in three semesters. Students complete courses in hospital coding/billing, ICD coding principles, CPT coding principles and computerized physician office billing. Hands-on training is obtained through a 240-hour practical experience in a healthcare setting. Graduates of this program can sit for the following certification exams: Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Professional Coder - Apprentice (CPC-A), Certified Professional Coder - Hospital Apprentice (CPC-H-A), Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Biller (PCB).
Daytona State College
Daytona State College in Daytona Beach has two options for students interested in careers in medical insurance coding and billing. The three-semester medical information coder/biller program prepares students for certification exams and employment as medical coder/billers. Applicants must be high school graduates, pass a drug screening and complete a criminal background check; a physical examination must be completed prior to starting the clinical portion of the program.
In addition to completing courses in college composition, human biology and Internet research, students take courses in CPT coding, billing and reimbursement methods, ICD-9/10 CM coding and introduction to health information management. Credits earned in this program can be transferred to the health information technology (HIT) associate degree program, which is also a limited access program. The 70-credit HIT program has many of the same admission requirements as the certificate program. Students must also complete three practical experiences to obtain hands-on training. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician exam.
Florida SouthWestern State College
Located in Fort Myers, Florida SouthWestern State College offers a two-year HIT associate degree program. This seven-term program typically requires three terms to complete the HIT prerequisite courses and four terms to complete the HIT core courses. To be eligible for this program, an applicant must take a placement test and complete the prerequisite HIT courses. Once accepted in the program, the student must complete a medical examination, criminal background check and drug screening, as well as attend a program orientation. The student must also have blood borne pathogens, first aid and CPR certification. In addition to coursework, the program requires completion of three professional practice experiences, in which the student is assigned to a healthcare facility or virtual lab simulation.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
The medical information coder/biller program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is a limited-access program that includes lectures, lab courses and clinical education. Prior to starting this program, students must complete the following prerequisite courses: human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology for health professions and health insurance billing. While in the program, students complete courses in healthcare delivery systems, pathophysiology, health law, ICD-9-CM coding, CPT-4 coding and health insurance billing. Before starting the clinical component, the student must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. Upon completion, students receive a technical certificate. The credits earned in this program can be transferred to the health information management associate degree program.
Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa offers an office administration associate degree program with a medical office administration specialization. The program prepares students for careers as medical coders, medical records clerks or insurance processors. The 60-credit program includes courses in word processing, medical document production, electronic records management and medical terminology. Students may complete clinical practicum courses for coding and billing. On-the-job training is obtained by working at the school's Office Systems Technology Department and through internships at local businesses. Students must complete the following prerequisite courses: English composition, introduction to sociology, mathematics, general psychology and humanities.
Indian River State College
Located in Fort Pierce, Indian River State College offers an Associate in Science in Health Information Technology program that prepares students for careers in healthcare environments. To earn the degree, students must complete HIT courses, as well as general education courses. Topics of study include health information management, healthcare data analysis, CPT coding, electronic health record and technology, quality assessment and pharmacology. Students complete two professional practice experiences in a health information management department. Additionally, a capstone seminar course prepares students to take the RHIT exam.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College in Miami has a three-semester medical coder/biller program that students can complete in one year. This limited-enrollment program starts in January and August. Students complete coursework and participate in clinical education. Miami Dade College provides students with experienced faculty and state-of-the-art equipment. Course topics include healthcare billing and reimbursement, basic principles of disease, ICD coding systems, physician coding and advanced coding systems.
Palm Beach State College
The HIT associate degree program at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth is the only CAHIIM-accredited associate degree program in Palm Beach County. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the RHIT certification exam. The program is offered 50% on-campus and 50% online. The curriculum combines lectures and lab studies in courses like anatomy and physiology, applied inpatient coding, medical reimbursement and revenue, applied health informatics and healthcare data analysis. During the final semester, students complete clinical internships in medical settings throughout the county.
Seminole State College of Florida
Students interested in careers working in medical coding and billing or health information technology have two options at Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford. The medical information coder/biller: health information management certificate is an AHIMA-approved program requiring completion of 34 to 35 credits. Students develop medical coding and billing skills through evening and online courses; internships are also part of the curriculum. The Associate of Science in Health Information Technology program consists of 70 credits and focuses on the transition from paper-based health records to electronic health records, as well as the transition from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10 coding.The associate program is also approved by CAHIIM.
If there are more applicants than seats, students are selected based on a point system that includes completion of general education courses; cumulative GPA; and healthcare work experience, industry certification or completion of the certificate program. The curriculum includes coursework and two practical experiences where the student gets hands-on training working with electronic health records and working in a health information management department of a healthcare facility.
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College, which is located in Clearwater, offers a medical coder certificate program that prepares students to take the CCA certification exam. This program, which requires 37 credit hours, is offered completely online. Students complete courses in heath information technologies, basic and advanced ICD coding, basic and advanced CPT coding, medical terminology and pharmacology. Students also complete two professional practice experiences, which teach students about health records management, record filing and numbering systems, retention and retrieval procedures, coding patient records and typical workflow patterns. Credits from this program can be transferred to the health information management associate degree program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Florida State College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; large suburb||Medical Information Coder/Biller College Credit Certificate|| $2,496 in-state;
|Daytona State College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; small city|| Medical Information Coder Biller Certificate,
Associate in Science in Health Information Technology
| $3,104 in-state;
|Florida SouthWestern State College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Health Information Technology|| $3,401 in-state;
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; large city||Medical Information Coder/Biller Technical Certificate|| $2,878 in-state;
|Hillsborough Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Office Administration - Medical Office Administration|| $2,506 in-state;
|Indian River State College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Health Information Technology|| $2,764 in-state;
|Miami Dade College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; large city||Medical Coder-Biller Career Technical Certificate|| $2,838 in-state;
|Palm Beach State College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Health Information Technology|| $2,444 in-state;
|Seminole State College of Florida||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; small city|| Medical Information Coder/Biller: Health Information Management Certificate,
Associate of Science in Health Information Technology
| $3,131 in-state;
|St. Petersburg College||Four-year, primarily associate degrees, public; small city||Medical Coder Certificate|| $2,682 in-state;
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.