Medical Billing & Coding

Certificate of Specialization

This program is designed to prepare students for careers as Medical Billing and Coding specialists. It includes various foundation courses for healthcare professionals, as well as specialized courses for insurance billing and coding. Students will develop skills and knowledge to translate diseases, conditions, and procedures into numerical designations as needed for appropriate reimbursement. A supervised externship in clinics, insurance companies, or other medical facilities provides experience to prepare students for entry level positions in a healthcare setting. This program requires a minimum of four quarters for completion. It may also be completed on a part-time basis. Students planning to enroll in MEDA 213 and MEDA 214 must receive instructor permission. The student must have completed all required courses with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course to qualify for an externship placement. Further, all required courses must be taken within the previous three years to register for MEDA 213 and MEDA 214.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering the Medical Billing and Coding program are required to take the Accuplacer placement test for English and Math. Scores must place the student above Math 94 and above English 99 to successfully enroll in all MA classes. Students must show proof of typing proficiency of 35 wpm with 90% accuracy to enter the Medical Billing and Coding program.

Prior to placement in externship, students will need to submit a completed application packet to the instructor.

Requirements include:
  1. Completed application.
  2. Proof of up-to-date immunization status with at least the initial injection of the Hepatitis B series and TB testing within one year.
  3. Purchase of malpractice insurance which is available from the cashier in the HSS Building.
  4. Signed Confidentiality Statement.
  5. All students will be required to request a Criminal History Information Background Check. A student who cannot participate in an externship based on a positive background inquiry check will not be able to successfully complete the program.
  6. Additional requirements including titers for chicken pox and/or measles may be compelled by certain extern sites.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to code and bill accurately, ethically and assertively.
  2. Accurately apply billing and coding principles to optimize reimbursement.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to research and explain insurance coverage to patients and their families.
  4. Handle all components of claims processing efficiently.
  5. Effectively manage patient accounts for billing.
  6. Accurately prepare claims for submission to insurance companies in hard copy or electronically.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the requirements of various health plans and submittal forms.
  8. Enter demographic data accurately in various software programs.
  9. Effectively demonstrate professional behavior as needed in the workplace.

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment regulations passed by the federal government require colleges to disclose how certain programs (i.e., programs that meet certain criteria) prepare students for "gainful employment." Click on the link below to view gainful employment information for this program.

Medical Billing & Coding - Gainful Employment Disclosure Template


Advisor Office Phone
Lieseke, Connie Health Occupations 135360.475.7741
Parker, Barbara Health Occupations 118360.475.7679

Course List

Required CoursesCredits
BSTEC110Beginning Keyboarding3
CIS150Survey of Computing4
MEDA110Anatomy and Physiology*5
MEDA111Pathophysiology for Med Assisting*4
MEDA112Med Law, Ethics and Bioethics3
MEDA114Coding/Alternative Health Settings*3
MEDA115Computers in the Medical Office*4
MEDA116Pharmacology for Reimbursement*2
MEDA117Healthcare Customer Service3
MEDA118Ten-Key Skills1
MEDA120Medical Office Procedures I*4
MEDA162Medical Terminology*5 
or the following two courses: 
MEDA160Medical Terminology I*3 
MEDA161Medical Terminology II*35-6
MEDA163Medical Insurance Billing*3
MEDA164Coding in Outpatient Settings*3
MEDA180AIDS/HIV/Blood Borne Pathogens1
MEDA205Medical Claims and Coding*2
MEDA213Externship for Billing and Coding*6
MEDA214Human Relations for Billing/Coding*2
OLRM220Human Relations in the Workplace3
PE-ED109Basic CPR1
Total Credits Required62-63

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog