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Medical Coding and Billing Specialist

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Ideal for

The medical coding and billing specialist is an analytic, organized, efficient professional who plays an integral role in the health care team. He or she is responsible for:

  • analyzing medical records and assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures
  • organizing records to be used for patient billing, insurance claims and account management
  • tabulating information for health care surveys, research studies and improved patient care
  • communicating with other health care personnel to clarify diagnosis or obtain additional information.

Program Overview

The medical coding and billing specialist program is offered in Waterbury starting each fall semester.The program includes 450 hours of combined classroom/clinical learning and classes are held 3 weekday evenings per week for 3 hours. The program will take 12 months to complete the classroom portion. The professional practice experience will follow. There are four modules, including a professional practice experience.

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury Campus.

Courses

Module 1:
  • Medical Terminology
  • Computers in Health care
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery
Module 2:

  • Basic ICD-10 and CPT Coding
  • Management of Health Care Information
Module 3:

  • Advanced ICD-10 and CPT
  • Reimbursement Methodologies
Module 4:

  • Professional Practice Experiences will vary
Prerequisites:

  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Strong command of English language skills

Course Calendar

Course Calendar 2017-2018 - Starts September 18

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Courses

Course 1

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Course 2

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

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Important Information

Important Information

Prerequisites
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Strong command of English language skills

Costs

  • At $6650, you'll find that NVCC is extremely cost-effective compared to other medical coding and billing programs. The cost includes textbooks for all classes. A tuition installment plan is available, allowing you to pay off your tuition in three individual payments.
Instructors
  • All instructors are considered experts in their field and are experienced teachers. Many have master’s degrees and/or are certified by their professional organizations.
The Professional Practice Experience
  • The professional practice experience is scheduled at the completion of the classroom work and provides an opportunity for the student to explore more deeply the role of a medical coding and billing specialist in a simulated working environment. The simulated practice experience was developed to permit the student’s to experience a broader range of coding specialties and also the convenience of setting their own work schedule.

Textbooks and Educational Materials
  • No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course. (Unless otherwise advised in the course description).

Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations

  • Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: nc@nv.edu Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Room F323, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course.
  • College closings due to inclement weather are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (nv.edu), on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations.
Students with Special Needs-ADA
  • Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form. Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester. Adjustments are not retroactive. Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process.
Registration Information

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:

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Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

Where does a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist work?

A career as a Medical Coding and Billing Specialist is dynamic, highly rewarding and well respected in health care today. Due to the rapidly growing health care industry, this career offers a good paying job and security against recession. Medical coding and billing specialists are employed by hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), long-term care facilities, mental health care facilities, government agencies and insurance companies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, including medical coding and billing professionals, is expected to increase by 30% from 2012-2022. This “faster than average for all occupations” increase is due to many factors, including the increased demand for health care services by the aging population. The average annual income for these careers is $38,114 -$42,563. The role of Medical Billing and Coding Specialist is undergoing dramatic changes with the implementation of ICD10 coding criteria and the federally mandated compliance with electronic medical records.Our area employers state they are poised to grow and will strongly value the applicant with current knowledge of the industry standards.

Certification

When you have successfully completed the program, you will receive a proficiency certificate from NVCC. Certification is a credential offered by a professional organization and may cost as much as $250.00 or more. This cost is not included in the tuition cost. Certification may improve your job prospects and help you gain professional recognition. Several examples (there are others) include:

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