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Medical Billing

Calhoun’s Medical Billing Essentials and Medical Billing Specialist certificate programs give you affordable training that’s fully online to fit your schedule and fully local to give you help when you need it. Our two-semester program can put you in the job market with high-demand skills in nine months. This program is 100% online.

With skills in medical billing, you can work at hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, health care clearing houses, insurance companies, and government agencies. With the right experience, you can even start your own independent medical billing service. Careers in this field will only continue to grow. Every medical facility has to have a biller—it’s how they get paid.

What You’ll Learn

The Medical Billing Essentials program

Billing skills and procedures

  • Medical terminology
  • Medical ethics, law, and compliance
  • Basic ICD-10-CM Coding, CPT Coding, HCPCS Level II Coding
  • CMS reimbursement methodologies
  • Essential CMS-1500 and UB-04 instructions
  • Processing health insurance claims (BCBS, Medicare/Medicaid, Tricare, workers’ comp)
  • You can earn your Medicare Billing Certificate through the Medicare Learning Network!

Medical office administration

  • Office communication skills
  • Phone scheduling and mail processing
  • Triaging patients
  • Health information and records management
  • Practice financials and the revenue cycle

The Medical Billing Specialist program

Includes all of the above, plus

  • Composition and writing
  • Financial accounting (Billing track)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (Coding Prep track)

Study Plan

MEDICAL BILLING ESSENTIALS – Short Term Certificate
Spring 2020
OAD 211 Medical Terminology 3
OAD 215 Health Info. Management 3
Summer 2020
OAD 214* Medical Office Procedures 3
OAD 216 Adv. Health Info. Management 3
Total 12

*OAD 103, Intermediate Keyboarding, or demonstrated proficiency, is the prerequisite for OAD 214. If you can meet the proficiency standard (35 wpm + Word document creation) you can take a FREE test-out at the college Testing Center (256-306-2522) and receive credit for OAD 103. You can also take the test online for a small fee; contact Katelyn at 256-306-2979.

MEDICAL BILLING SPECIALIST – Short Term Certificate
Spring 2020
BUS 241† Principles of Accounting I 3
OR BIO 201 Human Anat. & Phys. I 4
OAD 103* Intermediate Keyboarding 3
OAD 211 Medical Terminology 3
OAD 215 Health Info. Management 3
Summer 2020
BUS 242† Principles of Accounting II 3
OR BIO 202 Human Anat. & Phys. II 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
OAD 214* Medical Office Procedures 3
OAD 216 Adv. Health Info. Management 3
Total 24-26

†For the Billing track, take BUS 241/242. For the Coding Prep track, take BIO 201/202

*OAD 103, Intermediate Keyboarding, or demonstrated proficiency, is the prerequisite for OAD 214. If you can meet the proficiency standard (35 wpm + Word document creation) you can take a FREE test-out at the college Testing Center (256-306-2522) and receive credit for OAD 103. You can also take the test online for a small fee; contact Katelyn at 256-306-2979.

Which Program is for Me?

Already employed in a health care office and have clerical skills and experience but need specialized skills to advance? Then Medical Billing Essentials is designed for you. You’ll receive training in medical billing entry and processing as well as medical terminology and office procedures.

Looking to start a career in medical billing but lacking in clerical experience? Consider the Billing track in our Medical Billing Specialist program. You’ll gain skills in keyboarding, accounting, and composition in addition to what you’ll learn in the Essentials program.

Planning on pursuing certification in medical coding? The Medical Billing Specialist program’s Coding Prep track will give you the necessary billing preparation plus the knowledge of anatomy and physiology (A & P) that you’ll need as a coder.

And, we offer a full two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Office Management with a specialization in Medical Billing. Financial aid is available to you if you pursue this path. Call us today to learn how to take advantage of this. Ask us and we’ll work with you to design a personalized study plan that will help you achieve your career goals!

Estimated Program Costs

Program Tuition & Fees* Books, etc. Total
Medical Billing Essentials† $1,964 $475 $2,439
Medical Billing Specialist† $3,422-$3,746 $878-$963 $4,300-$4,725

*in-state
†Assumes you test out of the OAD 103 prerequisite for OAD 214. Otherwise, add $650 to the total

For More Information

Contact:

Shannon McCaghren
Business & CIS Division Secretary
at (256) 306-2676
shannon.mccaghren@calhoun.edu

 

Careers in Medical Billing

Pay scales vary, and more experienced workers earn more than new employees, but according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual earnings for workers in the Medical Records and Health Information Technicians category in metro Huntsville was $40,620 as of May 2018. Evidence suggests that medical billers earn a little more than that.