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 a valuable certification.
  • Prepare to sit for additional medical billing and medical coding certification exams.
COURSE EFFORT 9–15 Hours per Week
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 in the U.S., a category that includes medical coders, is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2029.*

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; and medical group practices.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Writing
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Prepare for Medical Billing and Coding Certification

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

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

Professional Credentialing

During your final term, you will complete a virtually proctored knowledge-based certification exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

Pass Rates

  • Academic Year Pass Rate: 77.2%
  • Calendar Year Pass Rate: 80.2%

Note: Rates calculated are for the academic year of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 and calendar year of January 2020 through December 2020.

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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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Our Students Succeed

“After graduation, I started applying for jobs online. I was called in for an interview and was hired right away in the medical billing department at an outpatient rehabilitation and treatment facility. All the sacrifices and efforts I made between work and school paid off.”

Evan Utterback
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Program Brochure

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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 National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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.

This testimonial was obtained by Purdue University Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.