FAQ - Medical Coding and Billing Certificate
- What does a medical biller do?
- Where can I work with this certificate?
- What can I expect to earn?
- How is the job market?
- How much will the program cost?
- Is financial aid available?
- Do I have a interview before beginning the program?
- How can I find out more about the HIT profession?
- When are classes offered?
- If I know medical terminology do I have to take HIT 104?
- What is the difference between the medical coding and billing certificate and the limited enrollment coding certificate program?
- How much time will I have to devote to the classes?
What does a medical biller do?
A medical biller is prepared for billing positions in physician offices and medical billing offices. They work with ICD-10-CM and CPT coding systems, insurance procedures and computer software as applied to physician offices.
Do I have an interview before starting the Medical Billing Certificate?
Students will not be interviewed for this program. Students may enroll during any registration period, however they must meet with Jennifer Crowley, health career advisor to apply to the program. To schedule an appointment call 847.635.1844 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a time limit to completing the program?
Because the health information technology field is dynamic and fast changing, frequent updates in the curriculum are required. To assure that students are current and prepared for employment HIT 104 Medical Terminology should be taken within 2 years of starting the program. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all courses.
Is there a clinical experience to the program?
How can I find out more about the health information profession?
The national organization for HIT professionals is the American Health Information Management Association. Visit their website at http://www.ahima.org
If I know medical terminology do I have to take HIT 104?
An excellent command of the medical language is vital to success in the HIT program. Medical terminology courses must not be more than two years old at the time the first limited enrollment course is begun. You may take a proficiency exam to place out of HIT 104. The exam is administered by the Testing Center on the Des Plaines campus. The Testing Center can be reached at 847-635-1939 for information.
What is the difference between the medical coding and billing certificate and coding certificate?
The medical coding and billing certificate is physician-based and deals with reimbursement issues in the physician office. The coding certificate is hospital-based and includes a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology, medicine, hospital reimbursement and computer systems.
How much time will I have to devote to the classes?
It is estimated that the student will need from 2-3 hours per class per credit hour per week outside of class time for studying. Some students require more, others less. It is important that you plan class, study, family, work, travel, and social time carefully to balance conflicting responsibilities during your educational career.