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Career Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding

Students who wish to train for an administrative role in various types of healthcare settings could consider the Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Program at Penn Foster Career School. Read on for more information about this online diploma program.

Official Program Name:

Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Program is designed to help students develop an understanding of medical office and health insurance billing processes. Students begin with a study of medical terms and the types of body systems and their functions before tackling reimbursement methodologies and the ICD-10-DM coding system, including inpatient and outpatient procedure coding. Other courses address legal and ethical issues in healthcare, drug classifications, and disease diagnosis and treatment. This program is intended to help students prepare for the following professional certification exams: Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS), and Certified Professional Coder (CPC). A high school diploma or GED is required for admission.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School provides students in its Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma program with textbooks, certification test prep materials, and a voucher that can be used toward registration costs for the CBCS exam. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also available.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for the Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Medical Billing and Health Insurance
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology 1
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology 2
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Pathology and Pharmacology
  • Basic Medical Coding
  • Intermediate Medical Coding
  • Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma program could enter the workforce or decide to expand their knowledge in a two-year degree program. Medical coding and billing can often be found as a concentration in an associate degree program in medical office administration. Such a program might further explore medical office terminology, advanced coding, and medical legal issues.

In addition to the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Administration degree, associate degree options for graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting

Career Paths:

Having obtained the Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma, graduates could possess the skills needed to assume office positions in a wide range of healthcare environments, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They might also seek employment with health insurance companies and medical supply companies. Their duties might include assigning diagnostic codes for patients, handling reimbursements, submitting insurance claims, and filing patient records.

Career options graduate could pursue include:

  • Medical records and health information technician
  • Insurance claims specialist
  • Medical biller

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