Medical Coding and Billing Specialist

Certificate Program    Approved for WIA funding.

What makes a good medical coding and billing specialist?

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.

Medical Coding and Billing at NVCC

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.

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

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 expereince 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 the working environment. Sites will be chosen that reflect typical work environments for the medical coding and billing specialist, such as:

  • hospitals
  • physician offices
  • ambulatory care clinics
  • private coding/billing agencies.  

A health screening is required prior to the clinical experience.  Documentation of this screening must be submitted on the NVCC Non-credit Health Form and must have been within 1 year of the last date of your scheduled clinical.

Employers: If your health care office or agency would be interested in hosting one or two of our student interns please contact Laurie Hornbecker, Director, at lhornbecker@nv.edu for more information.

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:


How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:
Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room F323
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Campus

Walk In:

190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Laurie L Hornbecker
203-575-8031 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K406b
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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