Thank you for your interest in EFSC's Medical Information Coder/Biller Program.
All Health Information Management (HIM) professional classes are taught primarily during the day and at the Cocoa Campus. Please be sure to check the current college schedule for specific days and times. General Education courses (those courses without an HIM prefix) are offered at varied times (days, nights and weekends) at most campus locations. Several courses are taught online. The program is available on a full- or part-time basis.
This is a limited access program so review our customized application process to apply for the program. Contact the program coordinator or a health sciences advisor if you have any questions.
Please read the information below to find out more on how our program can help you
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Coder/Biller Program Description
Quality information is critical to quality care by physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. Health Information Management professionals (medical coder/billers) perform data collection and analysis, as well as coding of medical diagnoses and procedures, while protecting patient privacy and confidentiality.
Health Information Management is at the hub of the healthcare system. If a career combining medicine and information technology appeals to you, our program is proven training ground for success.
Insurance processing and coding functions are performed by specialists employed in health care settings. Health Insurance (or Health Information) specialists assign and report ICD, CPT and HCPCS codes on insurance claims for diagnoses and procedures/services provided to patients in a variety of health care environments. This coding and billing program offers individuals the opportunity to pursue business-related career that is an essential part of the health care industry.
Students enrolled in this program must complete 34 credits and earn grades of "C" or higher in all courses. The program can be completed on a full-time basis during three semesters of study. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the following certification examinations.
Certified Coding Associate (CCA), which is offered by AHIMA and requires applicants to have a high school diploma. For more information, visit www.AHIMA.org
Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A) and the Certified Professional Coder-Hospital-Apprentice (CPC-H-A), both offered by the AAPC, which recommends that applicants have six months of experience in a health care setting applying ICD and CPT coding conventions and guidelines. For more information, visit www.aapc.com
Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), which is offered by the National Healthcareers Association, which requires applicants to have a high school diploma and one year experience in the field. For more information, visit www.nha2000.com
After acceptance into the program:
|Course Prefix#||Course Title||Credits||Contact Hours||Schedule|
|HIMC 1000||Introduction to HIM||3||80||Hybrid-Classroom|
|HIMC 1253||CPT Coding Principles and Practice||3||80||Hybrid-Classroom|
|If not completed before program start:|
|HSC 1532||Advanced Medical Terminology||3|
|HIMC 1222||Introduction to ICD Coding Principles||3||80||Hybrid-Classroom|
|HIMC 1273||Computerized Physician Office/Billing||2||48||Hybrid-Classroom|
|HIMC 1255||Advanced Coding||3||80||Hybrid-Classroom|
|SUMMER SEMESTER (8 Weeks)|
|HIM 1800||Professional Practice Experience (PPE)||6||240||At site|
Medical Information Coder/Biller Program Estimated Expenses*
|Application to EFSC||$30.00|
|Health Sciences Application||$25.00|
|Tuition (37 credits)||see current tuition rates|
|HBV/TB (or proof)||$100.00|
|Program Specific Attire||$200.00|
|AHIMA Membership (Recommended)||$155.00|
|AAPC Membership (Recommended)||$70.00|
|National Certification Test||$195.00- $300.00|
|CCA (AHIMA) $195.00|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$5400.00|
Occupational Opportunities & Career Paths
1. Coding and billing professionals become employed in a variety of health care settings, such as:
- Acute Care
- Ambulatory Care
- Behavioral Health
- Consulting Firms
- Educational Institutions
- Integrated Delivery Systems
- Long-Term Care
- Physician Offices
- Product Vendors
2. Health Information Management professionals enjoy a wide range of career opportunities throughout the vast health care industry, based on individual skills and interests. Job possibilities exist in any organization that uses health information, ranging from physician practices and hospitals to insurance companies and law firms. Examples of these positions include:
- Clinical Coding Specialist
- Health Data Analyst
- Insurance Claims Analyst
- Records Technician
- Physician Practice Manager
- Patient Information Coordinator
- Medical Coder/Biller
Professional Practice Experience (HIM 1800)
Students are required to complete 240-hour non-paid professional practice experience in coding, billing and/or insurance departments of a health care facility. Practice arrangements are made by the Program Director. Students are required to earn a grade of "C" or higher in each course prior to placement. Students must also earn a final grade of "C" or higher in the professional practice course in order to graduate the program.
Recommended Skills & Job Demands
1. Typing/keyboarding at a speed of 50 wpm is recommended.
2. As a student in our Medical Coder/Biller Program, and later as a professional working in the field, a number of tasks, skills and personal qualities will be vital to your success. If you're "cut out for the job", you'll need to:
- Work on computers for a significant part of a workday
- Work with detailed facts requiring a keen ability to concentrate
- Follow rules and regulations
- Protect patient confidentiality and privacy
Technical/Physical Skills Requirements
To satisfactorily complete the curriculum and to develop the skills required of an entry level health information professional, the student must demonstrate:
- Visual Acuity (with or without corrective lenses): to read paper, microfilm, and electronic documents.
- Physical Ability: to process reports and records, to operate equipment necessary for record keeping (for example, manually operated filing equipment, printers, microfilm reader/printers, computer keyboard), and to move about in space limited by compacted filing.
- Manual Dexterity: to perform the fine motor functions necessary to document analysis of records (for example, must use pens, pencils, and manage papers), and to operate electronic equipment (for example, computers, word processors).
- Hearing (with or without aids): to hear the spoken voice in order to be able to respond verbally.