Medical Billing and Coding Program
Medical Billing and Coding Program
(1 year, 5 course program)
What is a Medical Biller and Coder?
Medical billers and coders play a major role in bringing together patients, health care providers, and insurance companies. They translate the documents in a patient’s chart into codes, and spend a majority of their time using their computer to enter data into a billing systems or looking for information to clarify notes in the patient’s chart. The day-to-day duties may consist of:
- Retrieving referrals
- Checking eligibility and benefits verification for treatment
- Reviewing patient bills for accuracy and completes, and obtaining any missing information
- Following up on unpaid claims within standard billing cycle
The Medical Billing and Coding program is a short-term, non-credit training program lasting one year (5 courses). These are intensive courses and require students to be prepared for each class. Students need to be able to effectively manage their time to successfully complete this program. You must take all required courses to receive a certificate.
Textbooks- Textbooks are not included with the price of the program. Cengage Unlimited will be used for all of the courses in this program, the cost is $179.99 as 1 time fee. This can be purchased at the TRCC bookstore.
In addition, some classes require manuals for the class.
Roughly, the cost of textbooks would be around $300 per semester including Cengage unlimited.
The program will prepare the student to become nationally certified as a CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice). This certification is sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The AAPC is a nationally-recognized organization offering professional accreditation, education, recognition and networking opportunities to medical coders. To obtain an application packet or for more information, visit them at www.aapc.com or call 800-626-2633. Students who complete this program successfully will receive a national certification.
- High school completion (or equivalent)
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Should be familiar with personal computers, file management, use of a keyboard, mouse and Windows 8.1. or higher
- You must take all required courses to receive a certificate. The program is one year in length
Required Courses 2021-2022
The Medical Billing and Coding Program consists of 5 courses that are completed within one year: two course in the Fall semester, two courses in the Spring semester, and one in the Summer semester. The order of courses below also insures that you will complete the prerequisite courses needed to move from semester to semester.
FALL 2021 CRN
This course simplifies ICD-10 diagnosis to ensure the most accurate billing and optimal reimbursement for outpatient medical services. The Guide to the Update section lists all new and revised codes, providing quick access to the annual changes. Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGCRs) are listed and also integrated within the code set, providing fast, easy access to the official coding rules.
Length of Course: 50 hrs.
Tuition: $475, books at an additional cost
Medical language translates into communication used by all levels of staff working in or around a clinical environment. It is very logical and organized according to body systems, anatomy, physiology and disease processes. A course in medical terminology is essential for students who will be involved in any science-related career. In this 90-hour class students will be introduced to the systems of the body and terminology related to each system, along with anatomy. Common medical abbreviations of texts, diseases and procedures will be introduced. Students will learn about the structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and how to decipher medical words.
PLEASE NOTE: If there is a second wave of COVID-19 and the college closes, this course will be moved to an online platform. Please make when registering that you have access to a computer with internet.
FALL 2021 CRN:
Length of Course: 90 hrs.
Cost: $900, books at an additional cost
An introduction to the world of health insurance billing and the dynamic, growing field of health information management. This course provides a thorough, practical overview of key principles and current practices, from patient registration to claims submission. Students will learn the ten steps that clearly identify all the components needed to successfully manage the medical insurance claims process. The cycle shows how administrative medical professionals “follow the money.” Medical insurance specialists must be familiar with the rules and guidelines of each health plan in order to submit proper documentation, which then ensures that offices receive maximum, appropriate reimbursement for services provided.
Please Note: If there is a second wave of COVID-19 and the college closes, this course will be moved to an online platform. Please make sure at the time of registration that you have access to a computer with internet.
SPRING 2022 CRN:
Length of Course: 45 hrs.
Cost: $450.00—books at an additional cost
SUMMER 2021 CRN# 51203
Prerequisite: Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders. Students need to make sure their TRCC computer account is active for the current semester, as this course will be utilizing Blackboard Learn, an online learning management tool. Please contact the IT Department at (860)215-9049 to arrange to activate your account.
This online Blackboard Learn course will cover the HCPCS and identify the purpose of the CPT manual. It will allow students to convert descriptions of medical, surgical, and diagnostic services into numerical codes. Students will learn CPT coding conventions, organization of the HCPCS Level II codes, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes.
Length of Course: 60 hrs.
Date: 6/14/21-8/12/21 Monday and Thursday
Times: LRON 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $575, textbooks at an additional expense
Registration deadline: June 7th, 2021
SUMMER 2022 CRN:
This course is a review of coding concepts and techniques required to pass the AAPC CPC Certification exam, including becoming acquainted with the structure and materials on the exam, reviewing all sections of CPT, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS and recognizing strategies used on the certification exam.
Please Note: If there is a second wave of COVID-19 and the college closes, this course will be moved to an online platform. Please make sure at the time of registration that you have computer access with internet.
- Successful completion of Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders
- Successful completion of Understanding Health Insurance
- Successful completion of ICD-10-CM
- Successful completion of Current Procedural Terminology and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS 11)
Please bring your ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codebooks to class.
Length of Course: 50 hrs.
Cost: $475, includes handouts
To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.