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SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

CIP: 51.0713
School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math, 505-428-1837

Medical Billers and Coders are professionals skilled in classifying patient medical records. They transform verbal and written descriptions of disease, supplies, and procedures into alpha-numeric designations. Accuracy is extremely important to medical practices and hospital facilities because of its impact on revenues. Medical Billers and Coders are involved with reimbursement of health care insurance claims, maintenance of accurate statistics, and research. Both ambulatory and inpatient hospital facilities employ these professionals.

The Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding prepares students to take the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam and/or the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. These credentials (CCA and CPC) are entry-level credentials for students seeking employment in the field of medical billing and coding. Courses are sequenced to build skill level.

To be eligible for the certificate, students must have:

  • Completed ENGL 109  and MATH 101   with a C or higher or earned equivalent Accuplacer scores.
  • Completed all prerequisite courses with a C or higher.
  • Submitted a completed program application (available after meeting with a school advisor).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon competition of this program, students will be able to:

  • Interpret and apply diagnostic information from source documents/health records to coding and billing tasks using the most current International Classification of Disease (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) references.
  • Demonstrate adherence to compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrate basic billing skills required of entry-level coders and billers.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and a thorough understanding of medical terminology.

Total 24 Credits