Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

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Program at a Glance
  • Gain hands-on experience through a 40-hour practicum.
  • This program is approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP).
  • Through a virtually proctored exam in the capstone course, you could earn the valuable Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (BCSC).
  • Prepare to sit for additional medical billing and coding certification exams.
COURSE EFFORT 9–15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 44
COST PER CREDIT $371
How Do I Get Started?

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

What Is Medical Billing and Coding?

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.

Medical billing and coding professionals are key players in today’s technology-driven health care system. We offer training to help you become a qualified candidate in this growing field.

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Overview

Purdue Global’s medical billing and coding online program focuses on 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

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Practical Medical Billing and Coding Training

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

Program 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.

Career Opportunities

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 certificate program can help you pursue entry-level employment with a variety of employers in the health care industry such as:

  • Doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals
  • Home health agencies and nursing homes
  • Insurance and medical billing companies
  • Medical group practices

Medical billing and coding career titles associated with this degree include:

  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Medical secretary

Prepare for Medical Billing and Coding Certification

In addition to earning the BCSC credential, upon completion of the program, you may also be eligible to sit for the following exams:

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist–Physician-Based (CCS-P®)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®)
  • Insurance and Coding Specialist (NCICS)

You may be eligible for additional exams once you attain professional experience.

Coursework in the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program helps build the basic skills and knowledge to:

  • Submit medical claims for reimbursement.
  • Process bills.
  • Operate computerized billing systems.
  • Gain a working knowledge of various insurance plans.
Sample Courses
  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Insurance and Billing
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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits44
  • Total Credits44

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.