Associate of Applied Science in
Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
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A growing healthcare field demands specialized medical insurance coders. In fact, the BLS predicts a 11% increase in medical records technicians through 2026. Medical insurance billers and coders (MIBC) understand health information systems, and how to correctly process electronic records. Hospitals, clinics, doctors, and even third-party contractors are always looking for professionals with the right training—and many positions require associate-level degrees. Now is the time to pursue your medical billing and coding degree.
Talk to us. At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited associate degree program that gets you Day 1 Ready in less than two years*, focusing on the skills employers need. Our instructors are professionals from the field who give you hands-on instruction in the latest software systems and best practices. You’ll also receive externship placement for valuable on-the-job experience—and potential professional contacts. Your medical billing and coding associate degree program equips you with everything you need to seek entry-level medical billing and coding jobs. With experience, you could have opportunities for advancement, and even find work-from-home positions.
Because career preparation goes beyond classes, Vista College’s personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.
*Based on successful full-time enrollment
Learn the basics of medical office administration and concentrate on medical billing software. Speak the language, with courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. You’ll cover procedures for organizing, evaluating, coding, and processing insurance claim forms for billing.
The Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program has been redesigned to utilize our new Online Plus learning model at our College Station campus. Online Plus learning provides an optimal combination of both live online instruction and independent learning activities in a format that allows you enhanced schedule flexibility as well as interaction with your professors and classmates.
Our Killeen campus will continue to use a traditional on-campus learning model, using in-person training to deliver hands-on career education in an atmosphere conducive for personalized instruction.
Course is offered in either an Online Plus or our a Traditional learning format.
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With the traditional learning model, Vista College’s Medical Insurance Billing & Coding (Traditional) diploma program utilizes the tried-and-true methods of in-person training in order to effectively deliver the kind of hands-on career education that has successfully prepared our students for new job opportunities for decades. We’ve always kept our dedication to being student-focused and convenient, with an atmosphere conducive for learning and sharing ideas. We keep our class sizes small, with low student-to-teacher ratios so that you can take full advantage of the personalized attention and professional, experienced instructors so vital to the classroom learning process.
Our traditional Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program caps off with an externship in the workplace. This allows you become an active and contributing member of your community, in your chosen field, even before you graduate.
Vista College’s Medical Insurance Billing & Coding (Distance Education) program uses an Online Plus learning model that offers you a full range of flexibility and accessibility to accommodate your busy life, while enabling live interaction with your instructors and classmates. Online Plus programs are made up of fully online courses that can be accessed from anywhere, unlike other learning models that have some on-campus requirements. Programs include both live, real-time remote instruction with your teachers and classmates and independent learning activities that can be completed on your own time, depending on your schedule.
Most of your labs will also be completed online, utilizing digital tools that enable you to gain real-world experience. All of this is facilitated by our Canvas learning management system, which provides our students with access to all of the course materials and information they need to advance their education. We conclude our MIBC (DE) program with an externship that gives you practical experience in a real-world workplace.
(On-Campus and Online)
|Location/ Content Delivery Method||Traditional face-to-face on-campus theory and lab instruction.||Combination of on-campus and online.||Online courses that may be accessed from anywhere.|
|Meeting Times||Classes take place on scheduled days and times.||Portions of the course are live real-time virtual instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory portions of the course must be completed at the campus.||Portions of the course are live real-time remote instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory segments are completed online.|
|Labs||On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers.||On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers.||Most practice labs are completed online, enabling real-world experience.|
(Healthcare programs only)
|Students are required to complete an externship in an applicable healthcare workplace environment.|
|Canvas Learning Management System||The Canvas LMS provides students 24/7 access to all course materials and information. Students will access assignments as well as submit work through Canvas. Students will also be able to view course schedules, access grades, and have student-to-student or student-to-teacher conversations.|
|Components||Distance Education – Blended Schedule|
|Theory||4 hours per week - 2 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled in Zoom|
|Lab||9 hours per week - 4.5 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled|
|Independent Student Learning Activities||5 hours per week - Work time determined by the student outside of class time, Monday – Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) Asynchronous/Unscheduled|
|Total Weekly Attendance||18 hours|
Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program are equipped to seek entry-level medical insurance billing and coding jobs at hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities.
Potential Job Titles: Medical Billing and Coding Clerk, Medical Receptionist, Medical Claims Processor
|Anatomy and Physiology||8|
|Medical Office Procedures||8|
|Computerized Medical Billing||6.5|
|Introduction to CPT/HCPS Coding *||6.5|
|Introduction to Diagnostic Coding||6.5|
|Health Information Management *||6.5|
|Introduction to Electronic Medical Records *||6.5|
|Advanced CPT/HCPCS Coding *||6.5|
|Advanced Diagnostic Coding *||6.5|
|MIBC Externship *||6|
|Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|English Composition I||4.5|
|English Composition II *||4.5|
Students will develop an understanding of medical terminology, symbols and abbreviations, and the application of this new language in the field of health care. While terms are covered as they relate to body structure and function, the main focus is on medical vocabulary and constructing terms using word parts such as roots, suffixes and prefixes.
Students will acquire an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course will cover selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally the course will cover common issues and changes that occur in each body system through the life span.
The student will gain an understanding of the concepts and develop the skills required to work in the medical office and to support the reimbursement functions associated with specialized billing procedures. This course covers basic computer skills to include web access skills, concepts related to hardware and software, and MS Office Suite applications.
Students will expand their knowledge of computer technology in healthcare and the use of electronic health records. This course will introduce students to the methods and language of healthcare reimbursement. Students will explore principles of reimbursement as they apply to various types of healthcare settings and in addition this course also prepares students for careers in computerized patient accounting. Students will be instructed in how to manage patient information using the latest medical and accounting software. Instruction covers patient registration, appointments and scheduling, insurance claims, processing patient transactions, medical records, and patient case management. public reporting of disease and disease trends, how acute care organizations store and retrieve electronic records, analysis of different types of encoder software, analysis on online coding tools (coding reference tools), evaluation of CAC’s, and identifying issues involving the migration from a paper-based HIM to an electronic HIM. The student will become familiar with major acute care environment vendors and their system strengths, evaluation of the HER, evaluation of the PHR, and evaluation of HIE’s.
Students will gain knowledge of how pharmacological agents are used in the healthcare industry. Drugs are introduced in classifications according to body systems and commonly used drugs in each classification are studied in detail. Topics covered include allergy and respiratory medications, anti-ineffective medications, and anti-neoplastic agents, and central nervous system medications. Drug action and the preparation and administration of medications will also be covered.
The student will acquire the needed skills used in applying Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to physician and non-physician services. Students will develop an understanding of CPT characteristics, terminology and conventions.
The student will be introduced to coding and classification systems and develop an understanding of how to assign valid diagnostic and procedural codes.
Students will develop an understanding of health information, including content and structure of patient records: quantitative and qualitative analysis of the documentation of patient care; storage needs; and retrieving patient data. Students will be introduced to the various functions performed in a health record department with emphasis on maintaining confidentiality of patient data.
The student will develop a basic understanding of EHR tasks and functional benefits that will be continuously reinforced by actual EHR experiences. The course focuses on EHR rules, regulations, and innovations.
The student will develop and improve understanding of CPT/HCPCS coding in health care and the use of electronic health records.
The student will develop an understanding of advanced coding in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The student will also learn the coding of more complex diagnostic statements. Clinical information regarding specific disease processes will be covered. Emphasis is placed on coding accuracy and specificity using this system.
Students learn from hands-on experience in medical administrative duties in billing and coding. Students are required to complete 180 hours of supervised training in a physician’s office, clinic, or hospital setting. This course gives students the opportunity to obtain unpaid work experience and become familiar with the aspects and duties of a medical insurance billing and coder position.
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.
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