Medical Billing and Coding C.A.

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Medical Billing and Coding C.A.

Department: Medical Billing and Coding

Total Credit Hours: 35 credits

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.

Occupational Outlook

13%
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Salary Outlook

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

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Medical Billing and Coding Careers

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. 

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (3 credits) 
Communication ENG 101  English Composition I* 3
Core Course Requirements (32 credits)
  HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 120/121 Health Care Data/Lab 3
HIM 125/126 Health Care Technologies/Lab 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
HIM 141 Patholphysiology 3
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
HIM 220/221 ICD Coding/Lab 3
HIM 270/271 CPT Coding/Lab 3
HIM 280 Healthcare Billing & Reimbursement Issues 2
HIM 251 Billing/Coding Clinical * 2
HIM 252 CCA Review * 2
Total Required Hours: 35 credits

Students must complete CPT 103 prior to beginning the Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program.

*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.

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (17 credits)
ENG 101  English Composition I  3
HIM 110 Medical Terminology 3
HIM 140 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health 5
HIM 120/121  Health Care Data/Lab 3
HIM 270/271 CPT Coding/Lab 3
Second Semester (14 credits)
HIM 125/126 Health Care Technologies/Lab 3
HIM 141 Pathophysiology 3
HIM 238 Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues 3
HIM 280 Healthcare Billing &Reimbursement Issues 2
Third Semester (4 credits)
HIM 251 Billing/Coding Clinical (2nd 8 weeks) * 2
HIM 252 CCA Review (2nd 8 weeks) * 2
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 35 credits

Students must complete CPT 103 prior to beginning the Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program.

* All certificate courses except HIM 251 & 252 are transferrable to the HIM AS Degree program.

These courses 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.

Gainful Employment Information

Contact Information

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