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  • Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding

    Overview

    The accredited Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding is a fully-online, six-course certificate program offered by Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions, one of the top medical billing and coding schools. It 's designed for students who either wish to enter the medical billing and coding field or for those who currently work in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, or insurance organizations and would like to enhance their skills and career opportunities. Students will learn principles through medical billing and coding courses related to the three main coding manuals: CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM. ICD-10 will be implemented in the industry no later than October 2015.

    After completion, students qualify to sit for the following national certification exams:

    • American Medical Billing Association - Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CRMS) Board Exam
    • AAPC - Certified Professional Coder's (CPC®,) Certified Outpatient Coder (or CPC-HCOC™) [formerly CPC-H®,] Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™,) or Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) Board Exam
    • American Health Information Management Association - Certified Coding Associate (CCA®,) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®,) or Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based (CCS or CCS-P®) Board Exam - The CCS & CCS-P credentials require experience in addition to the education.

    Earn credit toward a degree

    Students who complete the Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding will earn 18 quarter credits that may be applied as free electives toward our fully-online BS in Health Services Administration program.

    Program Length

    While it depends on the number of courses you take per quarter, most students complete this program within one year. However, you'll be prepared to sit for the associated certification exams after successful completion of Part II of any of the billing and coding courses. As a result, you can achieve national certification even before completing the program. Moreover, since the tuition for the program is based on the number of credits taken and not on the entire program, you're under no obligation to complete every class should you not wish to sit for every board exam.

    About ICD-10

    On April 2, 2014 Modern Healthcare announced that President Obama signed the delay in implementation of ICD-10 into law. “President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24% cut in their fees. A 64-35 Senate vote Monday cleared the measure through Congress. The law also delays nationwide implementation of the ICD-10 diagnostic codes until 2015.”

    This program involves information about ICD-10-CM. At the time this program was designed, there was no reason to believe the implementation of ICD-10 would be delayed a second time. Due to the delay, we believe you, as the student, still need to understand diagnostic coding in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS. To help you with this understanding while avoiding the purchase of additional course material, we are including links to the ICD-10-CM code set. The need to know and understand ICD-10-CM is still required as the implementation of ICD-10 is only delayed, not cancelled.

    This program is only available on a part-time basis.

    Curriculum

    Required Courses 
    MBC 201Medical Billing I3.0
    MBC 202Medical Billing II3.0
    MBC 301Physician-Based Medical Coding I3.0
    MBC 302Physician-Based Medical Coding II3.0
    MBC 303Hospital-Based Medical Coding I3.0
    MBC 304Hospital-Based Medical Coding II3.0
    If a student has placed out of any of the above courses, he or she can substitute any of the following courses (provided that the prerequisites are met): 
    MBC 101
    Medical Terminology for Billers and Coders 
    MBC 250
    Medical Billing Software 
    MBC 350
    Physician-Based Chart Auditing 
    MBC 360
    Hospital-Based Case Studies 
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A high school diploma

    Required Documents

    • A completed application
    • At least one official transcript (from either high school or a previously attended college)
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    How to Submit Supporting Documents

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $732 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2014     

    September 22, 2014

    December 5, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015 

    January 5, 2015

    March 16, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 21, 2015

    Spring 2015 

    March 30, 2015

    June 8, 2015

    June 9, 2015

    June 12, 2015

    Summer 2015 

    June 22, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    September 1, 2015

    September 5, 2015

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