Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Technicians play a vital role in healthcare. MIBC technicians are responsible for managing patient records electronically, online (cloud-based platforms), or through paper filing procedures.
Our MIBC Associate Degree program can prepare students for a career in less than 2 years.*
Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health information management, introduction to ICD-10, pathology, English composition, computer science, mathematics, diagnostics coding, and pharmacology are some of the many topics covered during the MIBC program. You will also have the opportunity to complete an externship, providing valuable on-hands experience and networking opportunities.
MIBC technicians work in a variety of areas, including:
- Public and private physicians’ offices
- Local, state, and national hospitals
- Skilled nursing and continuing care facilities
- Health insurance companies
- Health administrative and support entities
Although the majority of MIBC technicians work in-house, there may also be some remote or freelance jobs for people in the field with an impressive educational background and training.
*Successful, Full-time enrollment is required to achieve stated completion dates.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|HP101||Anatomy and Physiology||8|
|HP102||Medical Office Procedures||8|
|HP103||Computerized Medical Billing||6.5|
|MB105||Introduction to CPT/HCPS Coding *||6.5|
|MB106||Introduction to Diagnostic Coding||6.5|
|MB109||Health Information Management *||6.5|
|HP207||Introduction to Electronic Medical Records *||6.5|
|MB208||Advanced CPT/HCPCS Coding *||6.5|
|MB209||Advanced Diagnostic Coding *||6.5|
|MB211||MIBC Externship *||6|
|GE201||Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|GE202||Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|GE203||Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|GE206||English Composition I||4.5|
|GE207||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.
Anatomy and Physiology
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.
Medical Office Procedures
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.
Computerized Medical Billing
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.
Introduction to CPT/HCPS Coding
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.
Introduction to Diagnostic Coding
The student will be introduced to coding and classification systems and develop an understanding of how to assign valid diagnostic and procedural codes.
Health Information Management
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.
Introduction to Electronic Medical Records
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.
Advanced CPT/HCPCS Coding
The student will develop and improve understanding of CPT/HCPCS coding in health care and the use of electronic health records.
Advanced Diagnostic Coding
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
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.
Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
Introduction to Psychology
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.
English Composition I
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.
English Composition II
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.
What You’ll Learn During Our Medical Insurance Billing and Coding AAS Program
To help students work towards a career in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, we have devised a robust curriculum featuring the latest foundational coursework. Our instructors are passionate about helping students reach their goals.
MIBC technicians serve as direct liaisons between healthcare and insurance providers and are responsible for answering insurance reimbursement questions, and analyze, organize, and evaluate health insurance claims forms by coding diseases, therapies, procedures, and more.
Our MIBC AAS Program covers many key objectives, including how to:
- Organize and evaluate health insurance claims
- Use the latest classification software and programming
- Prepare for work in a variety of environments
- Professional conduct for maintaining accuracy and confidentiality