Medical Information Coder/Biller Program Information
Question 1: What is a Medical Coder/Biller?
A Medical Coder/Biller is a highly skilled professional who analyzes health records, identifies relevant diagnoses and procedures, and is responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural phrases into coded form. The Medical Coder/Biller has a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record, which enables them to locate information to support specificity for coding. Responsibilities include preparation and processing of insurance claims, and filing and retrieval of records.
Question 2: Whom do I contact for program information?
Question 3: When and where are classes offered for this program?
The prerequisite support courses are offered at any campus, every semester. Many are also offered online. The core courses (HIM) are offered at the Cocoa campus only and are held during the day. Please refer to the college course schedule for specific days and time.
Question 4: What type of degree do I receive after completing the program?
Upon successful completion, you will receive a "College Credit Certificate". This one-year program of study prepares the student for employment as an entry-level health care coder or biller in a variety of settings.
Question 5: How can I enter the Medical Information Coder/Biller Program?
Qualifying for enrollment in the program starts with a high school diploma or G.E.D. All students must complete an EFSC application and a Medical Coder/Biller program application – see "Application Procedure". Admission to the program is "limited access" and after completion of the non-HIM prefix courses first (support courses).
Question 6: How many people and how often are students admitted into the program?
Class size is limited and is determined by the selection committee - up to 20 students are accepted, once a year.
Students are admitted in accordance with the provisions set forth in the "Selection Criteria", by a selection committee. All paid applicants will receive a letter 2-3 weeks after the deadline, regarding the status of their acceptance.
Question 7: What is the length of the program?
Students can begin the support prerequisite courses any semester and at any campus. The core courses (HIM) begin each fall and are designed for completion in only one year. The Professional Practicum Experience (HIM 1800) requires the signature of the program coordinator prior to registration, and is based on completion of all other courses in the major.
Please note that we do not accept core courses that are more than two years old, or support courses over 10 years - unless you are currently working in the field (to be reviewed by Program Coordinator).
Question 8: When can I expect to be employed and what salary can I expect?
The demand for Medical Coder/Billers is greater than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health information technology is one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States and is expected to remain in high demand as the health sector expands into the next century. The starting salary for an entry level Medical Coder/Biller ranges from $8.00 to $12.00 hourly depending on the duties performed, experience, and the type of setting in which you choose to work. Experienced, Certified Medical Coder/Billers can achieve salaries as high as $15 to $20 per hour.
Question 9: What about professional support?
As a student in our Medical Coder/Biller program, you will be immediately introduced to both professional associations, AHIMA and the AAPC. Membership in both these associations is mandatory. Benefits include access to industry related information and legislation, and possible employment opportunities through networking on the local chapter level.
Question 10: Do I need to take a licensing exam after I graduate?
HIM professionals are not licensed. Instead, we take national credentialing exams. This program will prepare the student to sit for the entry-level AHIMA "CCA" exam and/or the AAPC "CPC-A" or "CPC-H-A" exam. These credentials show your competence, confidence, knowledge and ability to perform on a professional level.