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Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

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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 faster than the average for all occupations through 2026.* 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 Purdue Global, you could develop the skills required to seek entry-level employment in this field.

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Practical Experience

Prior to graduation, you will gain hands-on experience in medical billing, coding, and administrative functions through a 40-hour practicum experience.

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program Highlights

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:

  • Anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology
  • Data information processing
  • Medical billing, coding, and terminology
  • Insurance billing
  • Medical terminology and medical office management
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Approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP)

The Purdue University Global Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program is approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP).


This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer-review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as offering an AHIMA-approved coding certificate program.

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Prepare for Certification

A virtually proctored, knowledge-based exam in the capstone course gives you the opportunity to earn a valuable Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (BCSC) credential. Upon completion of the program, you may also be eligible to sit for the following certification exams‡:

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification exam sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist–Physician-based (CCS-P®) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • 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.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

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 as:

  • Doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals
  • Home health agencies and nursing homes
  • Insurance and medical billing companies
  • Medical group practices
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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.


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What Courses Will I Take?

Curriculum in the certificate program helps build the basic skills and knowledge to submit medical claims for reimbursement, process bills, operate computerized billing systems, and gain a working knowledge of various insurance plans. Courses include:

  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Insurance and Billing
  • Human Anatomy
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits44
  • Total Credits44

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.§

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 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.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

§Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.