Medical Billing and Coding


Medical Billing and Coding professionals play a vital role in a medical office by processing clinical statements and managing health insurance billing claims. Altierus offers hands-on training designed to prepare you for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) CPC® certification, which is an essential first step toward a Medical Billing and Coding career in the health care industry.

Career Outlook


Medical Coders typically do the following:*

  • Review patient information for pre-existing conditions
  • Assign appropriate diagnoses and procedure codes for patient care, population health statistics, and billing purposes
  • Work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices

Salary

2015 annual salary for jobs in this occupation*

Median: $37,119
Lowest 10%: $24,190 or less

Job Growth

2014-24 projected growth*

+15%
29,000 New Jobs

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (the BLS category that includes MIBC), on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (Visited March 15, 2017)

Program Information

The Medical Billing and Coding program has been designed in partnership with the American Academy of Professional Coders. In this eight-month program, you will learn the basic concepts and procedures to perform the tasks in health insurance processing, including insurance claims &emdash; vital work to keep doctors and patients moving towards their common goal of wellness.

Medical Billing and Coding careers require attention to detail, interpersonal skills, and procedural knowledge of the health insurance industry. The Medical Billing and Coding training program at Altierus helps students become proficient in the fundamental procedures, terminology, and professional skills needed to succeed and progress in a career in this field. Faculty are industry-trained professionals who help guide your development and progress on a module-by-module basis.

Focused on Career and Certification Preparation

Prepare yourself for a successful career while balancing the demands of daily life. Our blended program features three days a week of hands-on classroom training with two days of flexible online learning, and is designed to be completed in eight months.

The curriculum is aligned with the AAPC certification standards and exam. Preparation and the testing fee for the CPC-Certified Professional Coder certification examination is included in the program. Graduates will also be eligible to take the CPB-Certified Professional Biller certification exam.

Skills You Will Learn in this Medical Billing and Coding Program

  • Current procedural coding
  • Diagnostic coding
  • Medical terminology
  • Professional/office skills
  • Anatomy and physiology fundamentals
  • Claims processing/collection strategies
  • And more

Ready to Start a Career in 8 months

  • Hands-On Training
  • Certificate Preparation
  • Career Guidance

Medical Billing and Coding Classes

Introduction to Healthcare

Learn the basics of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, infection control, and gain an understanding of medical/ethical issues in today's medical environment.

Anatomy & Physiology

Learn to identify the components of the various bodily systems, including cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous and more.

Medical Terminology

Learn the correct use of medical terminology related to various bodily systems and used in insurance coding.

Introduction to Coding

Learn to identify, understand and apply official ICD-10-CM coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes.

Understanding Health Insurance

Gain an understanding of the process of submitting and following up on claims with health insurance companies in order to receive payment for a healthcare provider's services.

Technology in the Medical Office

Become proficient using medical office technology, including keyboarding, computer applications, and basic mathematical skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is medical billing and coding?

Medical billing and coding is an integral part of the health care field. Medical billers and coders submit claims to insurance companies. The process begins when a patient enters a medical facility.

Why should I choose Altierus?

Taking the Medical Billing and Coding (MBC) program at Altierus allows you to get the training you need, in a flexible program built for you. The program features 3 days of hands-on classroom training and 2 days flexible online training. The MBC program can be completed in 8 months. Programs may vary by campus.

What can I learn in the Altierus Medical Billing and Coding program?

We think you'll learn a great deal once you are enrolled and actively engaged with your instructor and other classmates. A benefit of attending Altierus is that you get to study under instructors who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom each day. Classroom instruction for medical billing and coding consists of basic coding definitions and how to apply those codes to medical documentation.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, financial aid is available for those who qualify. Learn more about our financial aid options by contacting an Altierus Student Finance Planner today.

When I finish the Medical Billing and Coding program, what qualifications could I possess?

Your training offers practice time on simulations where you can manually and electronically prepare insurance claims. The curriculum is aligned with industry-standard AAPC-CPC certification, and tuition includes the certification exam fees.

Is certification necessary to practice the profession?

While certification may not be necessary to practice the profession, gaining a medical billing and coding certification recognizes an individual as having the skills and knowledge to perform his or her profession at an optimal level.

Can Altierus help me find employment?

While employment is never guaranteed, Altierus can work with you to develop a winning resume and cover letter. It's also important for you to know how to handle yourself in an interview. Our career search engine can help you lay the groundwork for job-search activities and eventual interviews.

What is the employment outlook for medical billers and coders?

Medical billing specialists, due to continued advances in medicine and technology, are looking at relatively steady demand for their skills and services. According to information gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, career opportunities for health information technicians, the BLS category that includes Medical Billers and Coders, may increase by 15% through 2024.

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* Employment is not guaranteed. Your own hard work, professionalism, attitude, and other factors impact your employment opportunities and pay.
**Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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