Medical Insurance Coder/Biller
The Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate program prepares the student to work in a medical office, clinic, surgical center, emergency center, or hospital. Emphasis is placed on medical terminology, use of electronic medical management systems, medical financial management, disease conditions, diagnostic and procedure coding, and medical office and hospital billing. This is a competency based program that allows for a variety of program completion options which may include credit for work experience or waiver by exam and therefore can be tailored to meet the needs of both the novice and experienced coder or biller to prepare for numerous industry credentials.
Jackson College Offers the following program options:
A certificate is the minimum required to gain employment in the field, while one can enhance their career opportunities with an associate degree program. The College now offers the Associate in Applied Science in Allied Health, which builds from the coder/biller program.
Also called health information technicians, a majority work for hospitals, while others work in physician’s offices, nursing and residential care facilities, or with government agencies.
Entry level pay scale ranges from about $24,000 to $34,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam through the American Association of Professional Coders.