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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Medical Billing and Coding

Online Program
computer included

Start Your Career in Health Care with a Medical Billing and Coding Degree

A career in health care could be within reach if you earn an A.A.S. in Medical Billing and Coding. Medical billing and coders are responsible for coding medical records, processing insurance claims, and managing reimbursements at healthcare facilities such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, and outpatient centers. Call Charter College to start training for your new healthcare career today.

Medical Billing and Coding Classes and Curriculum

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Coding program provides you with the knowledge and technical skills you need to find an entry-level position as a Medical Billing and Coder. In classrooms and labs, you will learn how to code medical diagnoses and procedures, maintain medical records, fill out billing forms, process insurance claims, and use computer technology to enhance your potential for employment. In addition, you will complete assignments such as reading, exercises, problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations.

Medical Billing and Coding topics that you will cover include:

  • Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement
  • Processing and Coding Medical Insurance
  • Electronic Health Records
  • The Healthcare System
  • Medical Terminology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
  • Regulatory Issues in Health Information

View the complete list of Medical Billing and Coding courses in the Charter College Handbook.

Medical Billing and Coding Certifications

The following certifications are available as part of this program:

  • Electronic Health Records Specialist
  • Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Insurance Coding Specialist

Medical Billing and Coding Program Length

60 weeks or 15 months

In as little as 15 months, you can get started on a rewarding career as a Medical Billing and Coder. Charter College starts classes every five weeks providing unparalleled flexibility and our unique learning approach helps you to graduate on time.

Medical Billing and Coding Online Delivery Method

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Coding program is available in an online format. Online learning gives you the flexibility to balance your classwork with family, work, and other commitments.

Medical Billing and Coding Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Medical Billing and Coding program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze how medical records are maintained and managed by medical providers for patients and learn about an EHR system
  • Demonstrate how billing gets processed to insurance carriers for reimbursement and learn how to fill out billing forms
  • Interpret public and private insurance carriers, including their guidelines and reimbursement processes
  • Demonstrate proficiency with International Classifications of Diseases (ICD) as a reporting system to insurance carriers and government agencies
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding (HCPCS) as reporting systems to insurance carriers
  • Determine healthcare reimbursement and payment methodologies in various US settings as it relates to relevant forms, processes, practices and the roles of health information professionals
  • Analyze healthcare regulations, medical laws and ethics, compliance and auditing in medical coding and billing
  • Audit patient records to ensure completion and accuracy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical insurance plans for inpatient and outpatient services and how to code, bill, and apply for reimbursement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical health record systems and how to enter patient information, creation of Superbills, and medical office visits
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of medical health record retention and security
  • Describe medical terminology, including body parts and organ functions that make up the human body systems
  • Apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology as it relates to medical billing and coding
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to explore solutions for specific workplace concerns and contemporary issues
  • Identify and describe the legal and ethical standards, guidelines, and regulations pertinent to the medical field
  • Explain the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior necessary to perform as a competent entry level medical office administrative assistants or billing and coding in a variety of settings
  • Describe the purposes and intents of key federal, state and local health care policies
  • Explain and perform appropriate administrative tasks effectively
  • Describe and demonstrate effective supervisory and management skills
  • Demonstrate the importance of professionalism, communication, and collaboration skills in the professional setting

Prepare for Entry-Level Medical Billing and Coding Careers

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Coding program prepares you to handle the duties and requirements of entry-level Medical Billing and Coder positions. You can seek employment in medical front offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or insurance companies.

Charter College Campuses that Offer Medical Billing and Coding Training

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Coding program is available at Charter College in Anchorage, AK.