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Due in part to an aging population and an increase in insurance claims, employment of health information technicians, a category that includes medical coders, is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.* This trend has created new opportunities within the
industry, and not all of today's health care jobs require patient
contact. Medical billing and coding is an administrative support
specialty that is expected to increase in need as patient records are being increasingly
scrutinized by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and
consumers.* At Kaplan University, you could develop the skills required
to seek entry-level employment in this field.†
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate and can pursue entry-level
employment with a variety of employers in the health care industry, such
Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.
The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program can provide you
with the knowledge and technical skills required by employers in health
care services. Coursework provides instruction in topics such as:
Prior to graduation, you will gain additional hours of practical experience in medical billing, coding, and administrative functions in a virtual lab setting.
Upon completion of the program, you may be eligible to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and the Insurance and Coding Specialist (NCICS) certification exam sponsored by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). You may be eligible for additional certifications once you attain professional experience.‡
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 01, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 22, 2017
This course will show students the reimbursement side of health care and the importance of correct coding and billing practices to both the facility and the patient. Students will gain insight into the various types of health insurance plans, and also study compliance as it relates to reimbursement.
None | Corequisite: HI 255
Total Program Credits: 39
This course surveys the basics of medical coding for inpatient and outpatient health care settings. Specifically, the format, conventions, and general guidelines for the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, HCPCS Level I/II, and CPT code sets are examined. You learn to apply appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes upon reviewing key health record information. Additionally, the course provides an introduction to clinical documentation improvement (CDI), compliance audits, and health information systems (i.e., CAC, encoders).
Prequisite or corequisite: SC 131
This course is a continuation of Medical Coding I, progressing to more complicated topics such as cerebrovascular coding, respiratory system coding, congenital anomalies, V-codes, late effects, and pregnancies. The course also focuses on applying coding guidelines for statistical and reimbursement purposes, “present on admission,” and severity of illness considerations, and the use of coding references to ensure coding compliance.
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
Studies include principles of vaccinations and disease prevention, chronic diseases, diagnosis and treatments, and the economic impact. You will also learn about infectious diseases, disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. In addition, genes, mutations, inheritance, genetic diseases, cancer, and cancer treatments will be reviewed.
This course provides an understanding of
health care insurance billing and insurance concepts in practice
today. It includes medical insurance billing theory and
methodology, and covers specific reimbursement theories, health
care concepts, and the practical application of third-party
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but are not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level. This course includes a lab component.
This course is designed to build on the concepts and skills of program courses, specifically medical billing and coding. You will gain additional hours of practical experience in medical billing, coding, and administrative functions in a virtual lab setting.
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The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. National long-term
projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions,
and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
**Students who are pursuing a health sciences certificate or an associate's program and taking more than 16 credit hours per term will be charged the term cost of $5,109.00 plus $405.00 per credit hour beyond the 16 credits. Students who are enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours in a health sciences certificate, associate's, or bachelor's program will be charged the number of quarter credit hours per term times $405.00.
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