Medical Billing and Coding Schools

Prospective medical billers and coders will find that tuition rates and program durations are very similar between the two career fields. Many community colleges and trade schools merge the billing and coding specialties into a single certificate or professional diploma program. However some schools, like the ones profiled below, offer programs exclusive to medical billing or coding. While these specializations maintain different course requirements, professionals in both fields are expected to study federal coding standards.

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Curriculum Comparison

Medical Billing Curriculum Medical Coding Curriculum
Medical Terminology: Billers often work as liaisons between insurance companies and patients. They must have strong communication skills in order to lucidly explain treatment codes to both parties. Billers with a strong grasp of medical vocabulary can help insurance companies identify the health services covered by a plan. This terminology also helps billers explain financial responsibilities to patients. Anatomy Courses: Since coders primarily work with physicians and other healthcare providers to classify ailments and medical services, they are often expected to have a basic understanding of human physiology.
Medical Insurance Principles: Billers must learn how to navigate the insurance claim submission process so that carriers can cover health services. Billers learn how to comply with federal HIPAA standards regarding electronic claim submissions. Pharmacology: Coders engage with pharmacists and doctors to classify prescription treatments that patients receive. Pharmacology courses generally cover specialty codes and terminology used for pharmaceuticals.
Medical Reception: Billers often interact directly with patients to collect their medical history and explain financial obligations when services are not covered by their insurance. These courses generally cover the customer service skills billers need during patient interactions. Medical billers may also learn how to perform other reception desk tasks, such as scheduling appointments and contacting referral services in order to collect records. Medical Office Procedures: In order to accurately classify the services patients receive from physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals, coders must have a thorough understanding of procedure types offered in these environments. Some examples include x-rays, physical therapy, and diagnostic tests.
Medical Billing Technology: Billers must learn the basics of data entry and electronic claims forms to accurately perform their duties. These processes must be performed in compliance with HIPAA regulations that protect patient confidentiality. Medical Records: Coding students will learn how to navigate popular Electronic Medical Record and Electronic Health Record software in order to obtain patient charts and medical histories. These records help coders determine the procedures, treatments, and products administered to patients. The corresponding codes are then entered into patient records.

Shared Curriculum Requirements

Medical Billing and Coding
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT): Medical billers and coders work extensively with codes regulated and standardized by the American Medical Association (AMA). Coders work with healthcare service providers to determine the types of medical services patients have received and strive to represent these services accurately through CPT codes.
ICD 10 Clinical Modification: Professionals in both fields must also be familiar with this set of coding standards, which are issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These codes allow healthcare professionals and insurers to identify and classify the diseases and disorders that affect patients receiving medical services.
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS): This coding system is used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to classify a wide array of medical services and supplies. The HCPCS is divided into two levels. Level One consists of the CPT codes issued by the American Medical Association. Level Two codes cover services and supplies used outside of a healthcare professional’s office, such as home care medical supplies and ambulance rides.
Medical Ethics: Billers and coders are often held to the same medical ethics standards regarding health data information and records. Students enrolled in these courses will learn how to adhere to the ethical standards set forth by insurance providers, billing and coding credential agencies, and laws. Billing and coding practices should accurately represent the health care services and products received by patients. Additionally, billers and coders are obligated to maintain the confidentiality of protected patient records.

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

505 Pine Ridge Drive

Shell Lake, WI

(715) 468-2815

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $4,448
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $6,463
  • Years Accredited

    104 (1912)
  • Student Population

    5,914
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

2740 W Mason St

Green Bay, WI

(920) 498-5400

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $4,198
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $6,036
  • Years Accredited

    103 (1913)
  • Student Population

    14,185
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

St Catherine University

2004 Randolph Ave

Saint Paul, MN

(651) 690-6000

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $36,420
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $36,420
  • Years Accredited

    100 (1916)
  • Student Population

    5,808
  • School Type

    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Certificate
    • Doctoral
    • Masters
    • Post-Bachelors

Joliet Junior College

1215 Houbolt Rd

Joliet, IL

(815) 729-9020

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $9,369
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $10,006
  • Years Accredited

    99 (1917)
  • Student Population

    25,969
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison Drive

San Antonio, TX

(210) 486-4000

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $5,550
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $10,740
  • Years Accredited

    15 (2001)
  • Student Population

    21,643
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Hinds Community College

505 East Main Street

Raymond, MS

(601) 857-5261

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $2,500
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $5,100
  • Years Accredited

    90 (1926)
  • Student Population

    16,141
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA

(215) 895-2000

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $47,051
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $47,051
  • Years Accredited

    89 (1927)
  • Student Population

    30,747
  • School Type

    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Certificate
    • Doctoral
    • Masters
    • Post-Bachelors
    • Post-Masters

Phoenix College

1202 W Thomas Rd

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 264-2492

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $2,046
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $7,830
  • Years Accredited

    88 (1928)
  • Student Population

    19,008
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Illinois Valley Community College

815 N Orlando Smith Ave

Oglesby, IL

(815) 224-2720

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $9,733
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $10,560
  • Years Accredited

    87 (1929)
  • Student Population

    6,303
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

51 Main Street

Perkinston, MS

(866) 735-1122

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $2,732
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $4,578
  • Years Accredited

    87 (1929)
  • Student Population

    13,709
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Mississippi Delta Community College

Hwy 3 and Cherry St

Moorhead, MS

(662) 246-6322

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $2,490
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $4,098
  • Years Accredited

    86 (1930)
  • Student Population

    4,352
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Tyler Junior College

1400 East Fifth Street

Tyler, TX

(903) 510-2200

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $3,762
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $4,362
  • Years Accredited

    85 (1931)
  • Student Population

    14,596
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Mercyhurst University-North East Campus

16 W Division St

North East, PA

(814) 725-6100

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $16,900
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $16,900
  • Years Accredited

    85 (1931)
  • Student Population

    1,251
  • School Type

    Private not-for-profit, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL

(630) 942-2800

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $10,981
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $13,081
  • Years Accredited

    84 (1932)
  • Student Population

    47,219
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Weber State University

3850 Dixon Parkway Dr. Dept. 1031

Ogden, UT

(801) 626-6000

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $5,184
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $13,838
  • Years Accredited

    84 (1932)
  • Student Population

    32,555
  • School Type

    Public, 4-year or above
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Certificate
    • Masters
    • Post-Bachelors

Montana State University-Billings

1500 University Drive

Billings, MT

(406) 657-2011

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $5,780
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $17,466
  • Years Accredited

    84 (1932)
  • Student Population

    6,097
  • School Type

    Public, 4-year or above
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Masters

South Suburban College

15800 South State Street

South Holland, IL

(708) 596-2000

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $10,073
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $11,723
  • Years Accredited

    83 (1933)
  • Student Population

    11,317
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

Jackson College

2111 Emmons Rd

Jackson, MI

(517) 787-0800

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $4,704
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $6,024
  • Years Accredited

    83 (1933)
  • Student Population

    7,752
  • School Type

    Public, 4-year or above
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Certificate

Paris Junior College

2400 Clarksville St

Paris, TX

(903) 785-7661

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $2,292
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $3,420
  • Years Accredited

    82 (1934)
  • Student Population

    7,265
  • School Type

    Public, 2-year
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Certificate

University of Alaska Fairbanks

505 South Chandalar Drive

Fairbanks, AK

(907) 474-7211

  • Tuition & Fees (In State)

    $5,246
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State)

    $16,238
  • Years Accredited

    82 (1934)
  • Student Population

    14,851
  • School Type

    Public, 4-year or above
  • Degree Levels

    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Certificate
    • Doctoral
    • Masters
    • Post-Bachelors
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