The MBC Certificate is designed to prepare students to excel in a health care provider office as both a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist and a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant.
The three-semester, college-level courses in the MBC Program are sequentially built, enabling students continually to strengthen knowledge and skills learned in previous courses. The hands-on approach to instruction enables students to learn important skills and then practice those skills in the classroom under the direct observation and coaching of a qualified instructor. Students spend over 70% of classroom time on college computers practicing medical billing and coding skills.
At the outset of the program of study, students begin to learn how to use one of the most comprehensive and popular computerized medical billing software programs used in medical offices. Students become proficient using patient accounting systems for billing insurance carriers and for keeping track of patient accounts. Students practice their computerized billing and coding skills throughout the program of study.
In an integrated approach, students learn the fundamentals of medical terminology, the body systems, and the diseases of the human body. Additionally, students are taught the importance of seeking essential medical information in order to make correct billing and coding decisions. A capstone course sharpens student skills in solving billing and coding issues as they arise.
ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 coding is the core of this program of study. Students learn and practice these important skills in the majority of the courses. Students will be introduced to ICD-10-CM and ICD-11-CM and should be able to transition to these pending new coding classifications when they become available. Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE billing are also taught in this program.
When students complete this program of study they are: proficient in medical billing and coding; adept in the important skills of medical office administration; competent in workplace skills such as mathematics, English, and reading comprehension; proficient in billing and coding in a medical office during the externship; and recognized as prepared for employment with a health care provider by satisfactorily passing the examinations to be Certified Billing and Coding Specialists and Certified Medical Administrative Assistants.
Student Learning Outcomes
MBC Certificate graduates should be able to:
- Communicate effectively in oral and written forms
- Follow directions
- Demonstrate computer skills
- Demonstrate mastery of word processing applications/spreadsheets
- Label the human body systems
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of these body systems
- Discuss the common illnesses associated with these systems
- Describe the role of a medical office professional
- Explain the structure of the medical field
- Discuss medical law and ethics
- Explain health information management
- Explain the principles of medical billing coding practice
- Demonstrate the ability to manage insurance and patient payments for medical services
- Apply life-long workplace skills