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If you are considering a profession in healthcare that does not require direct patient care, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding (MIBC) could be your ideal career. At Vista College, you can receive a Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma in under a year*.

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Specialists, Technicians or Health Information Technicians, play a key role in patient records management. They are responsible for securely maintaining, obtaining, and evaluating patient records using specific electronic and physical data management systems.

MIBC specialists are commonly responsible for insurance reimbursement questions and concerns, analyzing, organizing, and evaluating health insurance claims forms, properly coding diseases, medical procedures, surgeries, therapies, and accurately billing for procedures.

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma professionals can work in the following areas:

  • Public and private physicians’ offices
  • Local, state, and national hospitals
  • Urgent healthcare facilities
  • Health insurance companies

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

Course # Course Title Credits
AHP100 Medical Terminology 6.5
AHP101 Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
BUS101 Computer Applications 6.5
MBC1140 Medical Insurance 6.5
MBC1150 Managing Medical Office Procedures 6.5
MBC1160 Practice Management and Electronic Health Records * 6.5
MBC1170 Diagnostic Coding * 6.5
MBC1180 Procedural Coding * 6.5
MBC2290 Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Capstone 6.5
MBC2299 Medical Billing and Coding Externship * 6.5

Medical Terminology

AHP100

This course introduces students to the medical terminology, symbols, and application of the language of the medical and healthcare fields. Terms are covered as they relate to body structure, function, and disease, with the main focus being placed on the medical vocabulary and construction of terms using word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Anatomy & Physiology

AHP101

Upon completion of the course students will have acquired an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course covers selected major pathologies, diagnostic procedures, and treatment methods.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Computer Applications

BUS101

This course focuses on Microsoft® Office applications and how they are used in business. Topics include: business documents, tables, graphics, and templates; spreadsheets, worksheets, and data; using formulas and functions; charts and tables; databases and tables; data relationships and queries; creating, editing, and delivering presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Insurance

MBC1140

The course introduces students to the role of an insurance billing specialist and the common types of insurance coverage found in the United States. Taking on the basics of health insurance documentation, claims, and payment postings found in most outpatient settings. The course reviews the most commonly encountered third party billing options, including; Blue Plans, private insurance and managed care plans, Medicare, Medicaid and state programs, TRICARE and Veteran's Healthcare, Worker's Compensation, and Disability Income Insurance and Benefit Programs. Students have hands-on experience processing and auditing simulated medical insurance claims.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Managing Medical Office Procedures

MBC1150

This course takes students through the basics of managing front office procedures, written communication in the medical office,fraud, abuse, and compliance, as well as other legal and ethical aspects, standard safety, and health management in the medical office. Students simulate the medical office procedures through completion of daily tasks.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Practice Management and Electronic Health Records

MBC1160

The course takes students through the basics of managing medical records, common medical office practices of the back office billing, coding, and collections, healthcare technology requirements and applications, and the processing of medical office reports. Students simulate the medical office procedures through completion of common tasks used in practice management and electronic health record software.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

Diagnostic Coding

MBC1170

The course provides students with an overview of diagnostic coding and reporting guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Department of Health and Human Services using the International Classification of Diseases. Students learn how to use the diagnostic coding manual and apply knowledge of chapter specific guidelines for encounters in multiple settings, including, hospital admission. Students have hands-on application in coding manuals and electronic coding software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Procedural Coding

MBC1180

The course provides students with an overview of physician coding and reporting guidelines using the Current Procedural Terminology manual and the Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System manual. The course covers an in-depth explanation of the sections found in the manuals, and then following a body system approach to allow students to practice procedural coding. Emphasis is put on correctly coding Evaluation & Management, modifiers, and surgical procedures. Students have hands-on application in and CPT and HCPCS coding manuals and electronic coding software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Capstone

MBC2290

This course presents the student with the opportunity to gain experience from an online internship for medical coding. The virtual multi-specialty medical clinic simulates the work experience each student needs to be successful in the field and assists the student in creating a customized portfolio for sharing with prospective employers. Students also prepare for the National Health Career Association, Certified Biller Coder Specialist exam.

6.5 credits
40 theory hours
50 lab hours

Medical Billing and Coding Externship

MBC2299

Students learn from hands-on experience in medical administrative duties. Students are required to complete 180 hours of supervised training in the administrative aspects of a physician’s office, clinic, insurance office, or hospital setting. This course gives students the ability to obtain work experience and become familiar with all aspects and duties of a medical insurance billing and coding representative

6.5 credits
10 theory hours
170 externship hours

Vista College’s Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma Program is designed to give you the knowledge and resources you need to start a career as an MIBC Specialist.

Courses focus on topics such as medical terminology, medical office procedures, diagnostics coding, pharmacology, computerized medical billing, anatomy, physiology, health information management, and more.

Before receiving your Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma, you will participate in an externship, providing you with real-world working experience that is essential for MIBC job seekers.

Our MIBC program maintains the highest educational standards for participants. Throughout the program, you will learn how to:

  • Assess patient outcomes
  • Maintain a professional degree of patient and organizational confidentiality
  • Use medical coding classification software
  • Accurately review patient records
  • Understanding coding principles and expectations
  • Maintaining and organizing medical data for multiple applications

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