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* Students are encouraged to take ENG 101 prior to beginning Medical Billing and Coding Coursework. Students may complete ENG 101 during the first semester of coursework but must earn a "C" of better to move on in the program.
** All certificate courses except HIM 251 & HIM 252 are transferrable to the HIM AS Degree program. HIM 251 & HIM 252 are specific to the Coding and Billing Certificate of Achievement.
Certificate students are eligible to sit for the industry recognized AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Credential.
What Is Medical Billing and Coding C.A.?
One of the most complex processes involved in the practice of medicine is keeping billing procedures and medical records accurate. To ensure that payments are properly billed and paid, the health care and insurance industries maintain a standardized coding system for all diagnoses and procedures. The complexities of this system call for the unique expertise of a billing and coding specialist, a rewarding profession that you can prepare for at St. Charles Community College. When you successfully complete the program, you will have many employment options to choose from. You will be qualified to seek entry-level billing & coding positions in a variety of settings. There may be an option in some settings to work from home.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
In the state of Missouri, the median annual wage for employees working in the medical billing and coding field is $39,180. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
SCC graduates with a Medical Billing and Coding C.A. are employed in a range of careers including, but not limited to: medical assistant, medical secretary, medical administrative assistant, dental/orthodontic office administrator and medical records technician.