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Great medical office jobs are out there. It’s time to make your move.

As the healthcare field grows, so has the need for fast, accurate, secure recordkeeping. In fact, the BLS predicts an 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. If you’re looking for a new career in healthcare, and prefer an office setting to working with patients, there has never been a better time.

Talk to us. At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited medical billing diploma program that gets you Day 1 Ready in as little as 13 months*, focusing on the skills employers need. You’ll emerge from our program with real experience under your belt. 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. Your medical billing and coding classes equip you with everything you need to seek entry-level billing and coding or medical office administration jobs.

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. We even offer exam preparation and pay fees for your certification. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

*Based on successful full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

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.

Medical Insurance Billing & Coding Learning Models

The Medical Insurance Billing & Coding program has been redesigned to utilize our new Online Plus learning model at our El Paso, Las Cruces and Longview campuses. 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.

Fast Facts


Course Length: 13 months *
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Course is offered in either an Online Plus or our a Traditional learning format.

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El Paso, TX
Blended
Killeen, TX
Traditional
Las Cruces, NM
Online Plus
Longview, TX
Online Plus
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

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.
Traditional Learning Model
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.
Online Plus Learning Model
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.

Ground Campus Learning Models

Traditional Blended
(On-Campus and Online)
Online Plus
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.
Externship
(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.

Blended Learning FAQs

What kind of program structure can I expect from a blended learning model?
All of our blended learning courses are 90 hours, taught over five weeks. Each one consists of
What is the online course structure?
Vista uses the online learning management system Canvas, which is where you’ll access all your blended learning course content and links to any other information or software you need. You’ll utilize McGraw Hill’s Connect software to complete activities and assignments. For online, real-time lectures, we utilize Zoom, which allows you to see your instructors, view any shared visuals and classroom materials, and break into small groups to interact with others for group projects and discussions.
Will I need to attend at specific times in a blended learning program?
Yes, some components of both our online and on-campus hybrid courses have some set times you’ll need to attend. These include:
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
Attendance is expected and recorded for each hour.
How will I interact with my instructors
The great thing about Zoom is it implements a lot of the features of a classroom. Multiple users are able to interact at the same time, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, and there’s also a chat feature where you can interact with your blended learning course instructors and classmates. Your instructor may even use a feature that allows for small breakout groups of students.
What kind of equipment will I need for the blended learning program?
Mostly, you’ll need Internet access in order to connect to the online components of your hybrid courses. We provide new students with a Chromebook so you’ll be assured of having a working laptop with a microphone and a webcam. This will allow you to access the Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, and any other course materials. We make it a priority to provide you with all software and ebooks required for the program.
Will I be able to get tutoring if I need it?
Absolutely. Vista’s blended learning model still gives you access to our valuable support services. You’ll be able to connect with your instructors for online tutoring, either as an individual or in small groups, through Zoom or telephone.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our MIBC diploma program are equipped to seek entry-level health information jobs at hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities.

Potential Job Titles: Medical Billing and Coding Clerk, Medical Receptionist, Medical Claims Processor

Course Title Credits
Medical Terminology 6.5
Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
Computer Applications 6.5
Medical Insurance 6.5
Managing Medical Office Procedures 6.5
Practice Management and Electronic Health Records * 6.5
Diagnostic Coding * 6.5
Procedural Coding * 6.5
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Capstone 6.5
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

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