Medical Coding and Billing

Program Description

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Students learn the fundamentals of medical coding and are prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam from the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). Course topics include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, computer applications in healthcare technologies, insurance plans; medical ethics; HIPAA; diagnostic and procedural coding; coding compliance and auditing; physician and hospital billing; Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Students receive training on ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS code assignments.

After completing the Medical Coding & Billing courses, students will be able to: 

  • Outline the typical responsibilities of a medical biller/coder, describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession, and describe the career opportunities available to appropriately trained personnel. 
  • Describe how to build a strong base of medical terminology and use this terminology to accurately identify and describe body planes, anatomical directions, and the major structures, functions, and pathologies of all body systems. 
  • Describe the purpose and impact of the Healthcare Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and explain how professionals can learn about changes to the laws and regulations that affect them. 
  • Compare and contrast the major types of government and commercial insurance health plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and Point-of-Service (POS) plans. 
  • Explain the purpose of medical coding and accurately code diagnoses and procedures using industry-standard coding systems published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Medical Association (AMA). 
  • Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process. 
  • Summarize the life cycle of a typical insurance claim and explain the processing steps that must be completed before claims and other forms can be submitted to the insurance company. 
  • Describe the typical billing guidelines for inpatient 

Program Contact

Phone: (928) 344-7552

Degree(s) / Certificates(s)

Title Local Bachelor's
Medical Coding and Billing - CERT Occupational Certificate -

Contact Information

Department Contact(s)

Allied Health

Hours of Operation
  • Normal Hours
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am-5:00pm