Medical Billing and Coding 
School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math

School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math

Medical Billers and Coders are professionals skilled in classifying patient medical records.  They transform verbal and written descriptions of disease, supplies, and procedures into alpha-numeric designations. Accuracy is extremely important to medical practices and hospital facilities because of its impact on revenues.  Medical Billers and Coders are involved with reimbursement of health care insurance claims, maintenance of accurate statistics, and research.  Both ambulatory and inpatient hospital facilities employ these professionals.

The Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding prepares students to take the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam and/or the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. These credentials (CCA and CPC) are entry-level credentials for students seeking employment in the field of medical billing and coding. Courses are sequenced to build skill level.

Eligibility:

  • Taken the Accuplacer exams (English 109 and Math 101) if applicable for biology prerequisite
  • Completed all prerequisite courses with a C or higher
  • Submitted a completed Medical Billing and Coding Program application

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the program application
    • Application Deadlines:
      • June 1 – Fall Admission
      • Oct. 1—Spring Admission
    • Submit to Yuri Findlay, Rm 470 or email to yuri.findlay@sfcc.edu
  • The application must be completed and submitted prior to these deadlines.
  • Interviews may be required on request of the program
  • Students who are admitted to the program will be contacted by the department. Accepted students must meet with program director or advisor to develop a program plan.  Students who are not admitted will be sent a letter and may reapply.  In order to be reconsidered for admission, a new application must be submitted.  It is advised to speak with the program advisor or director before reapplying.

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall 1

  • HLCR 113 Medical Terminology (3 cr)
  • BIOL 136/136L Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology/Lab (4 cr)
  • OFTC 111 Business Software Essentials (4 cr)

Spring 1

  • HITP 120 Intro to Health Info Technology (3 cr)
  • HLCR 130/HITP 130 Pathophysiology for Allied Health or Pathophysiology: HITP (3 cr)
  • HITP 170 Physician Coding (3 cr)

Summer 1

  • HITP 202 Coding Classification Systems I (4 cr)
  • HITP 230 Reimbursement Methodologies (3 cr)

Fall 2

  • HITP 160 Pharmacology and Lab Procedures (3 cr)
  • HITP 212 Coding Classification Systems II (3 cr)
  • HITP 266 Professional Practice Experience Coding (1 cr)
  • HITP 272 Coding Seminar (1 cr)