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Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding

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The Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding is a fully online, six-course certificate program offered by Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions.  It is designed for individuals 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 of medical billing and coding related to the three main coding manuals: CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM. ICD-10 will be implemented in October 2015. Additionally, completion of this program will qualify students to sit for the following national certification exams:

  • American Medical Billing Association (AMBA) CMRS exam and become a Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS)
  • American Academy of Professional Coder's (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder's (CPC or CPC-H) board exam
  • American Health Information Management Association's (CCS or CCS-P) board exam

Students who complete this program will earn 18 quarter credits (or 12 semester credits). For those currently holding 90 transferable quarter credits (or 60 transferable semester credits), the 18 quarter credits earned from this program may be applied as free electives toward the 180 quarter credits (or 120 semester credits) required for the fully online BS in Health Services Administration degree.

Program Length

While it depends on the number of classes you take per quarter, most students complete this program in one academic year. At the same time, the program can prepare you to sit for the certification exams after successful completion of Parts 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 are under no obligation to complete every class.

Key Program Features and Benefits:

  • Quality: Fully accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Flexible: Courses are offered completely online - you will never have to come to campus.
  • Career-oriented: Learn the three main billing and coding manuals - CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9-CM. (ICD-10 will be implemented in October 2015.)

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 in 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. To help you with this understanding while avoiding the purchase of additional course material, we are loading a PDF of general training in the ICD-9-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.

 

Students may enroll in this program only on a part-time basis. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all terms. Apply today! 

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