The Medical Coder/Biller Program is an 1,110-hour program designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level medical coders, medical records coders, and medical billing. The program has been at MTC for 15 years and combines classroom lecture, case studies, and internship in preparation for the National Examination that is available to graduates. Certification in this field is essential for employment, and successful completion of an Applied Technology Diploma program allows students to transfer to a college that offers this program towards an Associate Degree. The program prepares students for careers as entry-level coders, medical record coders, medical coding technicians, medical coding clerks, or medical coders/billers.
Intro to Health Information Technology HIM0009
Medical Coder/Biller I HIM0091
Medical Coder/Biller II HIM0092
(Prerequisites: HIM0009, HIM0091)
Medical Coder/Biller III HIM0093
(Prerequisites: HIM0009, HIM0091, HIM0092)
The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.*
In the state of Florida, medical coding clerks may earn between $23,900 and $45,360 per year.*
- Standard career and technical program admission procedures (see MTC catalog)
- Participation in an information session
- Additional program requirements, if applicable
- High school diploma—standard or GED is required
- High school transcript required
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:
This is an Applied Technology Diploma program. Upon completion of required OCP (Occupational Completion Points) for this program, and meeting state basic skills requirements, students earn an Applied Technology Diploma. Program completers transferring to a community college will receive 26 credit hours towards an Associate of Science degree in one of the following programs: Health Information Management, Office Systems Technology or Office System Technology—Medical Office Systems Specialization.
Successful completers of this program may take the certification examination offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (CPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).