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  • Prepare for your Certification in Medical Billing and Coding Online

    With Drexel's Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

    With its fully online format and two professional tracks to select from, Drexel University’s accredited online Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding is designed with your career in mind. The distinguished faculty from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions have carefully designed the medical billing and coding curriculum to provide the skills and education you need to be successful in the rapidly evolving fields of medical billing and medical coding. Whether you are looking to start your career, or already have healthcare experience working in a hospital, clinic, medical office, nursing home or insurance organization but need the skills and the medical billing and coding certification credentials to take your career to the next level, Drexel’s program will help you to achieve the next step in your journey.

    Did You Know?
    In 2007, 90% of physicians in the United States manually updated patient records and stored them in color-coded paper files. A decade later, those same 90% will complete the transition from paper medical records to electronic health records (EHRs). This trend will drastically improve the way patient medical records are accessed and shared, creating a more efficient, cost effective, and safe environment.

    Why is Drexel’s online Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding program a great investment?

    • Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions’ medical coding training program is one of the most in-depth of its kind in the country.
    • The program’s comprehensive curriculum covers learning principles related to the four main coding manuals - CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS.
    • You will acquire a solid foundational understanding of medical billing, software and terminology, as well as physician and hospital-based medical coding.
    • Upon completing the program, you will be qualified to sit for the associated national certification exams, including the:
      • American Medical Billing Association - Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CRMS) Board Exam
      • AAPC - Certified Professional Coder's (CPC®), Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™) [formerly CPC-H®], Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™), or Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) Board Exam
      • American Health Information Management Association - Certified Coding Associate (CCA®), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®), or Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based (CCS-P®) Board Exam - The CCS & CCS-P credentials require experience in addition to the education.
    • You may also apply the 18-24 credits you earn as free electives toward Drexel’s fully online BS in Health Services Administration program.

    What is medical billing and coding?

    According to the AAPC, “medical billers and medical coders are the healthcare professionals in charge of processing patient data such as treatment records and related insurance information.” When a patient receives medical treatment, there are fees associated with each service that is provided. Medical coders are the professionals tasked with providing the insurance company with the proper treatment and diagnosis codes so that the correct reimbursements are assigned. Medical billers then join the process and are responsible for the submission of the insurance claims and ultimately accountable for ensuring that payment is received.

    What does a medical biller and coder do?

    Medical billing and medical coding specialists play a crucial role in the business side of the healthcare industry. In addition to properly coding and processing healthcare claims to ensure insurance companies and providers are correctly reimbursed, you will be responsible for creating accurate patient records to avoid billing errors and provide a record of treatment for future evaluation. The switch to ICD-10 coding is making a complex industry even more intricate. Drexel’s online Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding provides a comprehensive curriculum that introduces you to the learning principles you need to successfully prepare for your future career. This includes the four main coding manuals - CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS.

    What are the national medical billing and coding certification exams?

    Upon completing the program, you will be qualified to sit for the associated national certification exams, including the:

    • American Medical Billing Association - Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CRMS) Board Exam
    • AAPC - Certified Professional Coder's (CPC®), Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™) [formerly CPC-H®], Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™), or Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) Board Exam
    • American Health Information Management Association - Certified Coding Associate (CCA®), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®), or Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based (CCS-P®) Board Exam - The CCS & CCS-P credentials require experience in addition to the education.

    Earn credits toward a BS in Health Services Administration degree

    Through completing the Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding, you'll earn 18-24 quarter credits that may be applied as free electives toward our fully-online BS in Health Services Administration program.

    How long do you have to go to school to become a medical coder or medical biller?

    While it depends on the number of courses you take per quarter, most students complete this program within one year. However, you'll be prepared to sit for the associated certification exams after successful completion of Part II of any of the billing and coding courses. As a result, you can achieve national certification even before completing the program.

    What classes are required for medical billing and coding?

    Drexel's online medical billing and coding courses focus on the four most commonly used coding manuals—CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS—providing all the relevant, up-to-date information you need to take the national certification exams with confidence.

    The skills you’ll learn are fully applicable to a wide array of medical billing and coding positions, meet all industry requirements, and can be leveraged wherever you go, serving as a valuable foundation for future endeavors.

    What is ICD-10?

    The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the recognized standard international diagnostic classification system for documenting and monitoring illnesses. It allows health organizations around the world to compare, monitor, and share data in a consistent and standardized Endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 1990 and adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) members in 1994, the current, endorsed version is the tenth edition of ICD.  ICD-10 contains more than 70,000 different codes for diseases, symptoms, and diagnoses, which is significantly up from the 14,000+ codes that were contained in its predecessor, ICD-9. The adoption of ICD-10 in the United States took place on October 1, 2015. Recently, development has begun on the next edition, ICD-11, which is expected to be implemented in 2022.

    Beginning your Medical Billing and Coding Career

    Are you new to the fields of medical billing and medical coding? Drexel’s Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding has an option available just for you. Drexel’s fully-online, 24-credit program is designed to not only provide the foundational knowledge you need but prepare you for the national certifications that will get noticed by employers.

    Accelerated Paced Medical Billing Coding Certificate

    If you’re a current billing or coding professional looking for an accelerated medical billing and coding training program that can take your career to new heights and won’t interfere with your current schedule, look no further. Designed for professionals with previous medical billing and coding experience, Drexel’s Advanced Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding option is a fully-online, 18-quarter credit, six-course program that has the flexibility you need to align the curriculum to the credentials you need to take your career to the next level. 

    Designed to prepare you for the specific certification exams that align with your career path, Drexel provides the option of two different tracks:

    Professional Medical Billing and Coding
    Designed for experienced coders with the goal of working in physician offices, this track teaches the principles of medical billing and coding for physician practices. The three main code sets discussed include CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS. This track will prepare you to take the following certification exams:

    • American Medical Billing Association
      Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CRMS) Board Exam
    • AAPC
      Certified Professional Coder's (CPC-A®) or Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) Board Exam
    • American Health Information Management Association
      Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based (CCS-P®) Board Exam - This credential requires experience in addition to the education.

    Facility Medical Billing and Coding
    In the facility track, you will learn the principles of medical billing and coding as it relates to roles within facilities, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers. This track will discuss four main code sets: CPT, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and HCPCS, and will prepare you to take the following certification exams:

    • AAPC
      Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™) [formerly CPC-H®] or Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™) Board Exam
    • American Health Information Management Association
      Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) - This credential requires experience in addition to the education.

    If you are looking to prepare for the American Health Information Management Association - Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) exam, you need to complete the courses in both tracks.

    What jobs can I get with a medical billing and coding certificate?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 13% increase in medical records and health information technician jobs by 2026. That results in more than 27,800 new jobs between 2016 and 2026.

    Those who have completed the Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding program can look forward to career opportunities in:

    • Medical Billing
    • Medical Coding
    • Medical Auditing
    • Medical Records
    • Medical Transcription
    • Practice Management and Education
    • And many more...

    Organizations such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals, private medical practices, nursing care facilities, administrative and support services, and professional, scientific and technical services all require medical billing and coding professionals in order to be successful.

    How much does a medical biller and coder make in a year?

    According to the BLS, professionals in the medical billing and coding fields can potentially earn a median annual salary of $39,180 per year or $18.83 per hour for medical records and health information technicians and $35,250 per year or $16.95 per hour for medical transcriptionists.

    Can you work from home as a medical biller and coder?

    Work from home career opportunities do exist for medical billing and coding professionals. However, these types of positions are harder to earn and are most often awarded to professionals with extensive professional experience.


    This program is only available on a part-time basis.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Courses

    Depending upon the professional track you select, this program is organized into three or four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding: 24-credit option

    Designed for those looking to enter the growing fields of Medical Billing and Coding

    Required Courses  
    MBC 101 or
    MBC 250
    Medical Terminology for Billers and Coders
    Medical Billing Software
    3.0
    MBC 201 Medical Billing I 3.0
    MBC 202 Medical Billing II 3.0
    MBC 301 Physician-Based Medical Coding I 3.0
    MBC 302 Physician-Based Medical Coding II 3.0
    MBC 303 Hospital-Based Medical Coding I 3.0
    MBC 304 Hospital-Based Medical Coding II 3.0
    Any one of the following: 3.0
    MBC 250
    Medical Billing Software*  
    MBC 350
    Physician-Based Chart Auditing  
    MBC 360
    Hospital-Based Case Studies  
    Total Credits

    *MBC 250 is available in either the first term of study or the last.
    24.0

    Advanced Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding: 18-credit option

    Designed for those with prior medical billing and coding experience

    Required Courses  
    MBC 101 or
    MBC 250
    Medical Terminology for Billers and Coders
    Medical Billing Software
    3.0
    MBC 201 Medical Billing I 3.0
    MBC 202 Medical Billing II 3.0
    Track Courses 9.0
    Professional Track
    (Designed for experienced coders with the goal of working in physician offices)
     
    MBC 301
    Physician-Based Medical Coding I  
    MBC 302
    Physician-Based Medical Coding II  
    MBC 350
    Physician-Based Chart Auditing  
    Facility Track
    (Designed for experienced coders with the goal of working in facilities, inpatient, and outpatient hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers)
     
    MBC 303
    Hospital-Based Medical Coding I  
    MBC 304
    Hospital-Based Medical Coding II  
    MBC 360
    Hospital-Based Case Studies  
    Total Credits 18.0

     

    Course descriptions can be viewed at the University Catalog: Regular Track or Advanced Track

    Admissions Criteria

    • A high school diploma
    • If you are applying for the 18-credit advanced program, prior experience in billing and coding is highly preferred

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $834 per credit.

    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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