Medical Billing and Coding

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Medical Billing and Coding

Successful completion of the Medical Billing & Coding certificate allows students to sit for the industry recognized American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential. This credential indicates the student has entry-level coding competencies. This certification can be used to apply for entry-level positions in the healthcare industry as well as demonstrate specialization to complement a previously earned degree. Students trying to decide between the Medical Billing & Coding certificate or the Health Information Management degree should visit the AHIMA website: Planning Your Education.

The CCA designation has been a nationally accepted standard of achievement in the health information management field since 2002. This hands-on, skills-based certificate provides advanced training in preparing and coding health records, submitting claims to third-party payers, and participating in the reimbursement process. Practitioners work for hospitals, physicians' offices, billing offices, and healthcare clinics. Do you want to learn more about the CCA credential? Visit the AHIMA website: CCA Overview.

Admission Requirements and Relevant Information

Application and Admission Requirements

  • Apply to St. Charles Community College and complete the writing assessment (when applicable) in the Student Center, room 133 (SC133).
  • Submit official transcripts from any previously attended institution to Enrollment Services (ADM 1204).
  • Complete ENG 096, developmental reading, and/or ESL courses (when applicable).
  • Complete ENG 101 with a "C" or better by the end of the first-semester coursework.
    • Students are encouraged to complete ENG 101 prior to beginning the Medical Billing & Coding certificate

To apply for program admission, meet with an Allied Health Counselor. To set up an appointment or inquire about the program, email alliedhealth@stchas.edu.

Relevant Program Information

  • The Medical Billing & Coding certificate is primarily online; however, students will participate in occasional on-campus meetings and orientations.
  • Students are required to complete an 8-week clinical and a CCA Review during their final semester.
  • To obtain the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Health Information Management (HIM) degree, students must complete an additional 40 credit hours of general education and HIM coursework.
    • All certificate courses are transferrable to the A.S. in HIM degree program with the exception of HIM 251 and HIM 252.

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Contact Information

Debby Schultze,
Program Chair
636-922-3034
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Denise Lammers,
Office Coordinator
(636-922-8280)
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Office Location
CHL 102
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