Medical Billing and Coding
The health care industry needs doctors, nurses and other specialists who directly provide medical treatment to patients.Nevertheless, the health care industry also needs skilled gatekeepers – workers who for insurance reimbursement purposes oversee the classification system that codes the type of care that is provided. These health care workers are medical billers and certified coders, the vital bridges between the provider and the insurance company. They ensure that the health care system is compliant with federal mandate and otherwise keep the system of providing care on track.
Western Technical College offers a certificate program in Medical Billing and Coding that opens doors in this key segment of the industry. A certificate in Medical Billing and Coding with the name Western Technical College on it is the ticket to entry-level employment in this specialty. There is also room to grow, as individuals studying in this field can continue on to obtain bachelors or master’s degrees that can prepare medical billers and certified coders for managerial opportunities.FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES
Curriculum: Online & In the Classroom
The program is taught with modern technology. Each student is provided a tablet on day one. The texts are e-books. Half the program entails hands-on instruction with electronic medical records and with other digital technologies. Students turn in their work electronically, take their exams online, and may chat with their professors online.
This certificate program incorporates training for the real world in the laudable tradition of Western Technical College, including the following practical and theoretical courses:
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Office Administration
- Introduction to Coding
- Health Claims Examining and Processing
- Live Electronic Health Records
- Medical Records Coder-Clinical Practice
- Internship Program
Medical billing and coding is a viable career option, and Western Technical College is an ideal place to train for it.
Internships strengthen students’ resumes so that they can be competitive in the job market right out of college, whether they come into the program straight from high school or enter the program from the working world to make the transition to a new field. Individuals will complete internship in a real medical billing and coding scenario prior to graduating.
These absolutely essential administrators make the health care system tick, and the job market in the medical coding and billing field is rapidly growing. Employment of medical records, billers and certified coders is expected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is a health care field that offers an average salary of more than $17 an hour and plentiful career opportunities in hospitals and other medical care venues as well as in law offices, insurance companies and even federal agencies. Some employers in the field allow their certified billers and coders to work from home, and there are many opportunities for self-employment to serve the industry with trained medical billing and coding specialists
Potential Career Opportunities upon Earning a Certificate from our Medical Billing and Coding Courses
- Coding Specialist
- Insurance Specialist
- Medical Records Clerk
- Claims Adjuster
- Collection Specialist
- Medical Office Manager
- Medical Secretary
Opportunities exist for credentialed coders to work from the comfort of their own home.
Certificate of Completion
Program Name: Medical Billing & Coding
Length: 35 weeks daytime or 53 weeks evening classes FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES
The instructional technique includes four days a week of classroom work and one day a week of online instruction at the student’s convenience, making certain that students have time to attend to their personal responsibilities.
The student of our program will be able to sit for examinations in order to receive industry-standard certifications through the National Healthcare Association (NHA), American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), to include the following:
NHA – Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
NHA – Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
AAPC – Professional Coder Apprentice
AHIMA – Certified Coding Specialist
Equipment in each classroom:
- Desktop computers sufficient for each student
- Microsoft Office
- Medical Manager Software
- Live Electronic Health Records
- Laptop computers sufficient for each student
- Overhead monitors
- Various human anatomy models and posters
*Located at the Diana Branch Campus 9451 Diana Drive El Paso, Tx 79924
|Books & Supplies:||$3,413.83|
|On-Time Graduation Rate (Full Time):||69.00%|
|On-Time Graduation Rate (Part Time):||62.00%|
|ACCSC Placement Rate (Full Time):||77.00%|
|ACCSC Placement Rate (Part Time):||75.00%|
|TWC Employment Rate:||76.00%|
[i] Western Technical College does not have data on Private Educational Loans for the award year 2011 (07/01/2011 – 06/30/2012). Therefore the Median Loan Debt for this category is not available.
[ii] Western Technical College does not have data on Institutional Loans for the award year 2011 (07/01/2011 – 06/30/2012). Therefore the Median Loan Debt for this category is not available.
*Tuition, Fees, and Books & Supplies are subject to change at the discretion of Western Technical College.
|Title IV Loans:||$10,218.00|
|Private Educational Loans:||N/A|
http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/CIP?s=51.0707+-+Health+Information+Technology&g=Go – Health Information Technology
|CIP Code: 51.0707||Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician|
|SOC# 29-2071.00||Medical Records & Health Information Technicians|
|SOC# 11-9111.00||Medical and Health Services Managers