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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.

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma Online

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.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
November 15

Course Length: 17 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

Campus: Online
* Based on successful, full time enrollment



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.



You’ll Learn How To:

  • Understand medical and diagnostic terminology
  • Employ standardized codes used on health insurance forms and other paperwork
  • Speed up payment times and reduce the risk of a claim being rejected
  • Contribute to the management and administration of a successful healthcare center or medical office
Course Title Credits
Medical Terminology 4.5
Medical Billing and Insurance * 4.5
Anatomy and Physiology – Structural 4.5
Anatomy and Physiology – Internal 4.5
ICD Guidelines and Applications * 4.5
ICD Coding * 4.5
CPT Coding * 4.5
CPT Surgical Coding * 4.5
ICD Coding Applications * 4.5
CPT Coding Applications * 4.5
Comprehensive Coding * 4.5
Capstone Review * 4.5
Professional Strategies 4.5
Career Strategies 4.5

Medical Terminology


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.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Medical Billing and Insurance


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.

4.5 credits
40 theory hours
15 lab hours

Anatomy and Physiology – Structural


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.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Anatomy and Physiology – Internal


This course focuses on the internal anatomy and the functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

ICD Guidelines and Applications


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.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

ICD 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.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

CPT Coding


This course focuses on using the CPT and the HCPCS manuals for billing outpatient services. Emphasis is placed on procedural coding.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

CPT Surgical 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.

4.5 credits
35 theory hours
20 lab hours

ICD Coding Applications


This course focuses on completing applications that provide coding practice. Emphasis is placed on applying coding rules accurately.

4.5 credits
35 theory hours
25 lab hours

CPT Coding Applications


This course focuses on the application of procedural coding for outpatient billing services. Emphasis is placed on accuracy and ethical coding.

4.5 credits
35 theory hours
25 lab hours

Comprehensive 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.

4.5 credits
25 theory hours
40 lab hours

Capstone Review


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.

4.5 credits
25 theory hours
40 lab hours

Professional Strategies


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.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Career Strategies


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.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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