West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Medical Billing and Coding, C.A.S.

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Certificate of Applied Science

Academic Advisor: Michele Watson

Students selecting the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, CP program will be provided training in general and career-specific courses including medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, business math, medical insurance, diagnostic and procedural coding, computerized billing, accounts receivable, and reimbursement procedures. Students successfully completing the medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate program will test for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) credential from the National Healthcareer Association.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy & physiology and medical terminology to medical billing and coding procedures;
  • Identify diagnostic codes for application to insurance claim processing;
  • Identify procedural codes for application to insurance claim processing;
  • Submit and troubleshoot insurance claims for the medical office to include private and government health insurance plans;
  • Apply knowledge of accounts receivable processes;
  • Post accounts receivables to computerized medical billing software program;
  • Apply legal and ethical standards to medical billing and coding procedures and;
  • Maintain compliance of HIPAA regulations related to patient privacy and coding standards.

Occupations available for students completing program requirements include the following: insurance clerk, medical billing clerk, and billing and coding specialist. Graduates of this program can expect to obtain entry-level employment primarily in private physician practices and/or medical clinics. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment outlook for medical coders/billings is projected to grow faster than average through 2012. Physicians in private practice, as well as health care organizations, will have increasing need for qualified Medical Billing and Coding Specialists.

Minimum of 2.0 cummulative GPA is required for consideration of admission.

A minimum grade of a “C” is required in all courses to remain in the program and graduate.



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