Medical Insurance Coder/Biller

For every instance a patient receives care, a health care professional maintains a record of the observations, medical or surgical interventions, and treatment outcomes with proper medical insurance codes. With the growing complexity of health care, employers are looking for individuals with a good background of knowledge in medical coding and billing. Get started in this in-demand healthcare field with the medical insurance coder/biller program. 

  • Can be completed in as few as two semesters
  • Partnership with the American Association of Professional Coders allows students get direct access to their curriculum.
  • All materials, AAPC membership, and CPC credential exam costs are included in the price of tuition.
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Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate

The Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate program prepares the student to work in a medical office, clinic, surgical center, emergency center, or hospital. Emphasis is placed on medical terminology, use of electronic medical management systems, medical financial management, disease conditions, diagnostic and procedure coding, and medical office and hospital billing. This is a competency-based program that allows for a variety of program completion options which may include credit for work experience or waiver by exam and therefore can be tailored to meet the needs of both the novice and experienced coder or biller to prepare for numerous industry credentials.

Sample Courses

This course is an introduction to basic coding principles utilizing the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification Coding System, with an emphasis on ICD-CM conventions, coding steps and guidelines, V and E codes, symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions and use of the medical record as a source for coding. The Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) and guidelines for coding neoplasms, injuries, burns, poisonings, adverse effects of drugs, and complications of surgery and medical care are also included.

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and health care finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government health care programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

Certificate Details


Median earnings for coder billers, and medical records specialists, $45,240.


Overall employment of medical records and health information specialists is projected to grow 9 percent in the coming years.


Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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