Vista College Online Campus is not accepting enrollments in the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma program at this time.
Please visit our Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Associate of Applied Science program.
Hospitals, medical centers, and other health care facilities all use specialized codes for billing insurance companies. A comprehensive understanding of these codes, and their use in healthcare administration and information management, is essential. Codes also change frequently as new procedures are developed and billing practices change — effective medical billing and coding professionals must possess a basic understanding of modern healthcare and diagnostic practices, as well as excellent attention to details.
Our MIBC Diploma program involves two components, both of which can be completed online. The first consists of training in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical office procedures, and computerized medical billing. Upon completion of these introductory courses, students will have obtained the prerequisites necessary for a second component covering CPT/HCPS coding, diagnostic coding, pathophysiology, and other advanced issues.
Upon graduation, MIBC Diploma students can apply to entry-level medical coding positions or go on to further study in our Associates Degree program.
Medical insurance billing and coding (MIBC) is a specialized task that requires training beyond basic administration and accounting practices. MIBC professionals work in hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care agencies, surgical centers, nursing homes, and other medical facilities.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|HITT1451-O||Medical Billing and Insurance *||4.5|
|MDCA1450-O||Anatomy and Physiology – Structural||4.5|
|MDCA1451-O||Anatomy and Physiology – Internal||4.5|
|POFM1450-O||ICD Guidelines and Applications *||4.5|
|POFM1451-O||ICD Coding *||4.5|
|POFM1453-O||CPT Coding *||4.5|
|POFM1455-O||CPT Surgical Coding *||4.5|
|POFM2452-O||ICD Coding Applications *||4.5|
|POFM2454-O||CPT Coding Applications *||4.5|
|POFM2458-O||Comprehensive Coding *||4.5|
|POFM2459-O||Capstone Review *||4.5|
This course focuses on learning basic medical terminology through the study of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation, correct spelling, and the correct use of medical terms.
This course focuses on the tasks and the responsibilities of the medical biller and includes types of insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, worker’s compensation, and private insurance. Emphasis is placed on HIPAA, coding ethics, abuse, and fraud as they relate to medical billers.
This course focuses on the study of anatomy and the function of systems that support the structure of the human body. Emphasis is on the skeletal and integumentary systems.
This course focuses on the internal anatomy and the functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
This course focuses on the current ICD coding system with emphasis on the use of the ICD Coding Manual, coding conventions, and guidelines. Emphasis is placed on abbreviations, symbols, and the various types of instructional notes used in coding.
This course focuses on expanded coding guidelines and the practice and application of coding protocols. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of diagnosis coding.
This course focuses on using the CPT and the HCPCS manuals for billing outpatient services. Emphasis is placed on procedural coding.
This course focuses on outpatient coding for surgical procedures specific to each body system. Emphasis is placed on coding guidelines and extensive coding practice.
This course focuses on completing applications that provide coding practice. Emphasis is placed on applying coding rules accurately.
This course focuses on the application of procedural coding for outpatient billing services. Emphasis is placed on accuracy and ethical coding.
This course focuses on utilizing all coding manuals. Emphasis is placed on coding practice and a review of coding ethics, fraud and abuse, and HIPAA regulations.
This course contains a comprehensive review of the roles and the responsibilities of a medical insurance billing and coding professional in order to prepare students for their certification exam. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating competency related to ICD, CPT/HCPCS, and surgical coding.
This course focuses on the skills required to be successful in college and in your career. Emphasis is on time management, goal setting, and research techniques.
This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job seeking portfolio including resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. Emphasis is on writing effective resumes, sources of job leads, techniques for successful interviewing, and the follow-up process in the career search.
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