Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

The Medical Billing & Coding Specialist helps prevent our health care system from grinding to a bureaucratic halt! Through their work creating detailed billing records and efficiently coded invoices, these specialists ensure that the business side of health care does not obstruct the vital medical care that patients need. Without the contributions of the billing and coding specialists, neither doctors nor insurance companies could properly provide their services to patients.

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate has a total of 63 – 72 credits and is usually completed in five (5) quarters. It includes our Medical Administrative Assistant certificate, and prepares participants for entry-level positions as Medical Billing & Coding specialists.

Requirements

  • Admission to Bellevue College as a credit student.
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL&101 for advanced classes.
  • Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.

The following table outlines the Medical Billing & Coding Certificate program as of Fall 2016:

Foundation Courses  
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
- OR -
AHE 130
- OR -
* t BIOL 241
- AND -
* t BIOL 242
Human Biology
- - -
Human Systems
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology I
- - -
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
CMST 280
- OR -
AHE 140
- OR -
BUS 120
Intercultural Communication
- - -
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Organizational Behavior
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
HLTH 145
- OR -
HLTH 250
- OR -
NUTR 100
- OR -
t NUTR 101
Wellness for Healthcare
- - -
Wellness
- - -
Survey of Nutrition
- - -
Nutrition
3 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
t IT 101
- OR -
t CS 101
- OR -
BTS 161
Introduction to Information Technology
- - -
Technology and Computer Science
- - -
Business Software Essentials
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

30 - 39 Cr.

AND

Medical Administrative Assistant Program Courses  
AHEA 100Medical Law & Ethics3 Cr.
AHEA 102Introduction to Medical Administration5 Cr.
AHEA 104Introduction to Billing & Coding5 Cr.
AHEA 106Medical Computer Systems5 Cr.

Sub-Total MAA:

18 Cr.

AND

Medical Billing & Coding Program Courses  
AHEA 120Intermediate Billing5 Cr.
AHEA 122Intermediate Coding5 Cr.
AHEA 124Advanced Billing & Coding5 Cr.

Sub-Total MBC:

15 Cr.

Total MBC Certificate: 63-72 Cr.

BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam or the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association).

Career Opportunities

There are more than 2.4 million medical office and administrative support positions in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Course Scheduling

The following Medical Billing and Coding course schedules are recommendations.

Last Updated July 20, 2016