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.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering the Medical Billing and Coding program are required to take a placement test for reading, writing and mathematics readiness. Please refer to specific course outlines for appropriate placement scores.

Prior to placement in externship, students will need to submit a completed application packet to the office of Records and Registration.

Requirements include:
  1. Completed application.
  2. Purchase of malpractice insurance which is available from the cashier in the HSS Building.
  3. Signed Confidentiality Statement.
  4. All students will be required to request a Criminal History Information Background Check. A student who cannot participate in patient care delivery in clinical settings during externship based on a positive background inquiry check will not be able to successfully complete the program.
  5. 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 135 360.475.7741
Parker, Barbara Health Occupations 118 360.475.7679

Course List

Required Courses Credits
BSTEC 110 Beginning Keyboarding 3
CIS 150 Survey of Computing 4
MEDA 110 Anatomy and Physiology* 5
MEDA 111 Pathophysiology for Med Assisting* 4
MEDA 112 Med Law, Ethics and Bioethics 3
MEDA 114 Coding/Alternative Health Settings* 3
MEDA 115 Computers in the Medical Office* 4
MEDA 116 Pharmacology for Reimbursement* 2
MEDA 117 Healthcare Customer Service 3
MEDA 118 Ten-Key Skills 1
MEDA 120 Medical Office Procedures I* 4
MEDA 162 Medical Terminology* 5
or the following two courses:
MEDA 160 Medical Terminology I* 3
MEDA 161 Medical Terminology II* 3 5-6
MEDA 163 Medical Insurance Billing* 3
MEDA 164 Coding in Outpatient Settings* 3
MEDA 180 AIDS/HIV/Blood Borne Pathogens 1
MEDA 205 Medical Claims and Coding* 2
MEDA 213 Externship for Billing and Coding* 6
MEDA 214 Human Relations for Billing/Coding* 2
OLRM 220 Human Relations in the Workplace 3
PE-ED 109 Basic CPR 1
Total Credits Required 62-63

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog, Gainful Employment 11/14/11