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Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Certificate

Program Details

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding career in the healthcare industry? Our comprehensive Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the fast-growing field of medical billing and coding. Whether you’re starting fresh or seeking to enhance your existing healthcare career, OCC’s Medical Billing and Coding program covers all essential areas to ensure your success.

The medical billing and coding profession is becoming increasingly popular in New Jersey due to the state’s expanding healthcare sector and the rising demand for skilled professionals to manage medical records and insurance claims efficiently. With the growing complexity of healthcare regulations and the shift towards electronic health records, there is a critical need for experts who can navigate these systems accurately. New Jersey’s aging population and the consequent increase in healthcare services further drive the demand for qualified medical billers and coders. Additionally, the profession offers a promising career path with competitive salaries and the flexibility of remote work options, making it an attractive choice for individuals seeking stable and rewarding employment in the healthcare industry.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Records Specialists have a 2023 median pay of $48,780 per year, which breaks down to $23.45 per hour. Typically, the entry-level education required is a postsecondary nondegree award, with no need for prior work experience or on-the-job training. The job outlook for 2022-2032 is promising, with a faster than average expected growth rate of 8%.

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Course Overview

Our fully asynchronous course offers a blend of foundational knowledge and practical skills essential for any medical billing and coding professional. This 10-month program includes the following components:

6 Comprehensive Courses:

Gain a solid understanding of the healthcare system, its structure, and the critical role medical billing and coding play in ensuring efficient healthcare delivery and reimbursement. This module provides an overview of healthcare settings, roles, and responsibilities, giving you a comprehensive picture of the industry.

Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology – Master the language of medicine and develop a deep understanding of the human body. This module covers the structure and function of the body’s systems, organs, and tissues and the terminology used in healthcare settings, ensuring you can accurately understand and communicate medical information. You’ll learn to decipher complex medical terms, prefixes, suffixes, and root words, enabling precise documentation and coding.

Dive into Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, the system used to describe medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. You’ll learn how to assign CPT codes accurately, which is essential for the billing process and ensuring providers receive correct payment for their services.

Master the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). This coding system is used to classify and code all diagnoses, symptoms, and procedures recorded in conjunction with hospital care. Our course will teach you how to navigate the ICD-10-CM codebook, understand coding guidelines, and apply codes with precision.

Understand the complexities of medical insurance and billing processes. This module covers various types of insurance plans, the insurance claims process, and how to work with insurance companies to ensure proper reimbursement. You’ll learn about patient eligibility, benefits verification, and the nuances of private, public, and government insurance programs.

Become proficient in the use of electronic health records, a vital component of modern healthcare. You’ll learn how to navigate EHR systems, input and retrieve patient data, and ensure accuracy and confidentiality. This module prepares you for the digital aspects of medical billing and coding, emphasizing the importance of data integrity.

3 National Healthcareer Association Certifications

Upon completing our course, you will receive the following National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certificates:

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)

2 Training Certificates from Ocean County College

  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Certificate
  • HIPAA Certification

Hands-On Advisement

Throughout the course, students will benefit from the guidance of an expert advisor, available every step of the way. This personalized support ensures that each student can navigate complex topics, receive timely feedback, and gain the confidence needed to excel

Employment opportunities include:

  • Healthcare & Managed Care Facilities
  • Hospital Medical Records/Unit Clerk/Intake Specialist/Outpatient Clerk
  • Insurance & Medical Billing Companies
  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Physicians’ Offices

As a Certified Billing & Coding Specialist CBCS, you perform the following:

  • Assign codes for diagnoses & procedures
  • Coach healthcare providers to achieve optimal reimbursement
  • Gather/review essential patient information
  • Prevent fraud/abuse by auditing billing
  • Submit claims for reimbursement
  • Support coding & billing processes

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Advantages of Having All Three Certifications:

  • Increased Employability: Holding multiple certifications makes you a more attractive candidate to employers, showcasing your versatility and comprehensive skill set.
  • Higher Earning Potential: Professionals with multiple certifications often command higher salaries due to their broader expertise and ability to handle diverse tasks.
  • Enhanced Job Security: With a wide range of skills, you are better equipped to adapt to different roles within the healthcare industry, providing greater job stability.
  • Career Advancement: Multiple certifications open up more opportunities for career growth and advancement, allowing you to take on more specialized or higher-level positions.

Why Choose Ocean County College?

  • Experienced Instructors: Learn from seasoned professionals with extensive experience in medical billing and coding.
  • Hands-On Training: Gain practical experience through real-world scenarios and case studies.
  • Flexible Learning: Our fully asynchronous course is designed to accommodate your schedule, allowing you to learn at your own pace over a 10-month period.
  • Career Support: Benefit from our dedicated career services, including resume building, interview preparation, and job placement assistance.

Enroll Now!

Take the first step towards a fulfilling career in medical billing and coding. Our program is designed to provide you with the expertise and confidence needed to thrive in the healthcare industry. Enroll today and start your journey towards becoming a certified medical billing and coding professional.

Price: $5279

What is Included?

  • Enrollment in 6 Courses
  • Access to Online Textbooks
  • Exam Fees

Flexible payment plans are available to make our course more accessible. A non-refundable 25% is due at sign-up, another 25% is required before the first class begins, and the final 50% is due at the halfway point of the course. This structure ensures financial ease while committing to your education.

Upcoming Courses

  • September 9th, 2024-June 27, 2025
  • October 14, 2024-August 22, 2025
  • February 17, 2025-December 12th, 2025

For more information or to register, contact us at 732-255-0409 or wpeinfo@ocean.edu. Explore your potential in the healthcare field with our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Course.

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Course Code: CEHS-188-01

Clock Hours: 432

Modality: Fully Online – Asynchronous (No required live sessions)

CEU: 43.2

Cost: $5,279

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