A Medical Billing and Coding specialist analyzes health care records and assigns codes to medical data. The codes classify diagnoses and procedures for use in medical research, reimbursement and health care planning. The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate (non-degree) program may be completed online with the convenience of live, online class meetings that enhance the online learning experience.
Students are guided through a comprehensive coding curriculum providing them with 240 hours of instruction in ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding with a focus on reimbursement methodologies. Within this framework, the goal is to meet the learning needs of the student and to motivate and assist students to achieve their career goals. The curriculum provides the knowledge to accurately describe medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. Students learn to utilize descriptive terms and identify codes for reporting medical services and procedures performed by health care providers. After completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for a coding certification exam (CCS, CCS-P, and/or CPC).
To be eligible for admission into the program the candidate must submit:
- Cox College general application and $50 application fee
- Official high school transcript or high school equivalency certificate (GED)
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
The Medical Billing and Coding Program does not qualify for financial aid through the Department of Education. Please call the college at 417/269-3401 and ask for the Billing Office to discuss payment options, or the Financial Aid Department to discuss private student loans.
There is a nationwide demand for expert, experienced medical billing and coding specialists. These health information specialists have a variety of employment options available. Medical billing and coding offers career opportunities at:
- Acute care and long term care hospitals
- Emergency departments or other specialty facilities
- Physician offices
- Insurance companies
- Billing offices
- Specialty medical clinics