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Medical Records & Health Information Technicians

Medical Records & Health Information Technicians Course

Gain Accelerated, Comprehensive Training in Medical Billing & Coding

You can become a vital part of a health care team as a medical biller and coder. Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Every insurance company requires an itemized list of procedures, medicines and other materials before they pay a claim. Every procedure has a unique code. That’s why medical billing and coding are in such high demand and why you can enjoy a great career in the health care industry.

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data to ensure quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security.

  • Course Series Requirements

    For entry-level job preparation and certification eligibility, please see the below requirements.

    • Strong computer technology skills (keyboarding up to 40 wpm or better and Microsoft Office Applications), and a strong foundation in medical terminology is required to succeed in the Medical Insurance Billing A-Z class and for employment. These skills plus Anatomy and Pathophysiology are also required to succeed in the coding courses. 
    • Internet access is also required. If you need to brush up on your computer skills, see our computer courses.
    • The curriculum design of courses in sequence provide comprehensive theoretical and practical instruction to train you in all aspects of medical billing and claims processing as well as skills to research and assign diagnostic and procedural codes to medical records. Each course must be taken in order so that you can have the skills needed for the next course in the sequence.
  • Sequence of Classroom-Based Courses

    All courses are led by instructors with relevant industry experience. They are offered in sequence during fall, winter, and spring except for Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders and Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus, which are offered to be taken simultaneously.

    Classroom-based courses to be taken in order include:

    1. Medical Terminology (55 hours) Aug 24–Sep 23, held on Mon, Wed, and four Saturdays; Prerequisite to Anatomy and
      Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders, Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus, and Coding Courses.
    2. Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Medical Billers/Coders (83 hours) Sep 28–Nov 13, held on Monday, Wednesday, and
      four Saturdays.
    3. Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus (100 hours) held on Oct 15-Jan 21, Tue, Thu, and two Saturdays. NOTE: After successful completion of this class, you will be prepared to seek employment as a medical biller while taking the coding courses.
    4. Coding courses include up to five separate courses offered in sequence beginning in January–June 2020.
      • Introduction to ICD-10-CM Medical Coding (63 hours), held on Jan 6-Feb 3, Mon, Wed and Saturdays.
      • Advanced Facility Medical Coding (83 hours), held on Feb 5-Mar 9, Mon, Wed and Saturdays.
      • Introduction to CPT & HCPCS Medical Coding (63 hours), held on Mar 11-Apr 20, Mon, Wed and three Saturdays.
      • Advanced Physician Medical Coding (83 hours), held on Apr 22-May 30, Mon, Wed and three Saturdays.
      • Advanced Facility/Outpatient Medical Coding (83 hours), held Jun 1-Jun 29, Mon, Wed and four Saturdays.

    Cost of courses will include access to current coding and billing resources and access to the online Medicare Learning Network® for Medicare & Medicaid Services guided by instructors.

    The above series of classroom-based courses, led by instructors with relevant industry experience, will include approximately 613 hours of instruction (approximately 10 months) to prepare you to be successful in the industry as well as the national certification exams given by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

  • Course Costs

    Cost of courses will include access to current coding and billing resources and access to the online Medicare Learning Network® for Medicare & Medicaid Services guided by instructors. To view individual course costs and to see full descriptions for the courses listed, see the “Courses for the Current Term” section below. For more information about courses offered in other terms, email conedhealthcare@howardcc.edu.

  • Certification

    Successful students who complete the Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus course are eligible for stackable credentials by:

    • Taking the national medical billing certification exam given AAPC to earn the credential, Certified Professional Biller (CPB), The National Medical Administrative Assistant Certification exam, and the Electronic Health Records Certification exam given by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

    Successful students who complete all courses are eligible for:

    • Taking the national coding certification exam given by AAPC to earn the credential, Certified Professional Coder (CPC).
    • Employment almost anywhere in the medical field, from physician offices to government agencies (Completing the Medical Terminology and Medical Insurance Billing A-Z plus helps students enter the job market immediately).
  • Online Program Information

    You can also train at home! If you are interested in preparing for a health information technician job (Transcription, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Administrative Assistant) and certification eligibility, this self-paced program offered in partnership with Career Step, one of the nation’s leading providers of online training, allows you to learn according to your schedule.

    Free Information Session

    Register for this session for an in-depth overview of each program and to get all your questions answered. At this information session you will receive customized registration documents and instructions and learn about receiving a free laptop, iPad or Kindle with electronic text upon enrollment in a program. This session is free, but you must register to reserve a seat. 

    Wed 6:30pm-8:45pm, Aug 14
    XE-423 7271 #1654  Gateway Campus

    Register

    After the Aug 14 information session listed above, the next information session is scheduled for Wed, March 4, 6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. for the following start dates for each program: Mar 16 or 30; Apr 14 or 24; May 11 or 26, Jun 8 or 22.

    Payment Plans
    Payment plans are now available through our partnership with Career Step.  Find out more about our payment plans and how to register at the above free information session. 

    Start dates for each of the following programs include:
    Aug 26, Sep 9 or 23, Oct 7 or 21, Nov 4 or 18, Dec 2 or 16, Jan 13 or 27

    Select the start date that works best for you. Refund policy does not apply to these courses.

    Medical Transcription Editor
    Successful completion of this program can give you the potential to make up to $40,000 per year. The 640-hour curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI, formerly the American Association of Medical Transcription or AAMT). Enrollment includes 12 months of online access, foot pedal, ebooks, an AHDI membership, and a voucher to take the RHDS national certification exam. $3,319 (includes $3,099 in fees*).

    Professional Medical Coding & Billing 
    This 390-445 hours Professional Medical Coding and Billing program prepares individuals for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) certifications. Topics covered include reimbursement methodologies, biomedical sciences, and current code sets. Enrollment includes 12 months of online access, codebooks, and a voucher for one of the certification exams. $3,819 (includes $3,589 in fees*).

    Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR
    Approved by the National Healthcareer Association, the Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program prepares students for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credentials. This interactive curriculum also includes over 20 hours of training on the government-certified ezEMRx EHR software. Enrollment includes six months of online access, ebooks, and vouchers for the CMAA and CHERS exams. $3,319 (includes $3,099 in fees*).

    Medical Billing
    The Medical Billing program helps students develop the knowledge and skills they need to work in healthcare reimbursement. Students learn about the payment process, the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, bundled payments, and common billing forms including the 837, UB-04, and CMS-1500. Enrollment includes six months of online access, ebooks, and a voucher to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam. $3,119 (includes $2,909 in fees*).

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    Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE)

    You can also train at home! If you are interested in preparing to become a pharmacy technician, this self-paced program offered in partnership with Career Step, one of the nation’s leading providers of online training, allows you to learn according to your schedule.

    This 600-hour Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE) program prepares individuals for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam and is accredited by ASHP/ ACPE American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Enrollment includes 12 months of online access, 400 hours of training and 200 hours in an externship, ebooks, a laboratory kit, and a voucher to take the national PTCB certification exam. In addition, Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy have partnered with Career Step to provide the required externship to complete the program. $3,119 (includes $2,909 in fees*).

    Start dates include:
    Aug 26, Sep 9 or 23, Oct 7 or 21, Nov 4 or 18, Dec 2 or 16, Jan 13 or 27

    Select the start date that works best for you. Refund policy does not apply to this course.

    Interested in online Pharmacy Technician training? Plan to attend the free August 14 information session.
    Register for this session for an in-depth overview and to get all your questions answered. At this information session you will receive customized registration documents and instructions and learn about receiving a free laptop, iPad or Kindle with electronic text upon enrollment in a program. This session is free, but you must register to reserve a seat. 

    Wed 6:30pm-8:45pm, Aug 14
    XE-423 7271 #1654  Gateway Campus

    Register

    After the Aug 14 information session listed above, the next information session is scheduled for Wed, March 4, 6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. for the following start dates for each program: Mar 16 or 30; Apr 14 or 24; May 11 or 26, Jun 8 or 22.

    Payment Plans
    Payment plans are now available through our partnership with Career Step.  Find out more about our payment plans and how to register at the above free information session. 


Enroll in Classroom-Based Courses for the Current Term
Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Medical Insurance Billers/Coders

Learn the normal structure and function of the body including pathologic conditions of each system. Topics include: comprehensive anatomy and functional understanding of pathophysiology for application in the medical coding and billing industry and an introduction to radiology, nuclear medicine, pharmacology and psychiatry.

Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start
date. Prerequisite: Medical Terminology. Purchase textbook (same textbook from Medical Terminology class) from the HCC Bookstore prior to first class. (T) 8.3 CEUs.

Tuition: $724 (includes $592 in fees*)
Mon, Wed *Note Sat dates/times below Sep 28-Nov 13 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-187 7272 #4959
*Sat 8:30am-4:30pm, Sep 28, Oct 12 & 26, and Nov 2 & 9
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Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus

This hands-on course covers valuable skills to compete in the current job market and has been expanded to ensure increased hands-on practice is covered to meet eligibility requirements for multiple credentials. Learn all aspects of medical billing and claims processing from A-Z Plus including HIPAA Compliance along with a basic introduction to diagnostic and procedural coding. You will gain real-world experience with simulated practice as you manually and electronically prepare insurance claims. No previous medical experience necessary. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam, and the AAPC Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam (cost of exams not included in course tuition).

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology and strong computer and keyboarding skills and internet access; Anatomy and Pathophysiology strongly recommended. Computer courses may be found in earlier pages of this publication. To brush up on your computer skills, see our computer courses.

Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. Purchase textbook and coding manuals from HCC Bookstore prior to first class. (T) 10.0 CEUs.

Tuition: $895 (includes $770 in fees*)
Tue, Thu & Sat (See Sat hours below) Oct 15-Jan 21 6PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XH-198 7275 #5178
Sat 9am-4pm, Oct 26 & Nov 9; (No class Nov 28, Dec 24-Jan 2)
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Medical Terminology

Register by August 10 for a $50 early bird discount.

This course provides the basics of medical terminology in preparation for any health care career and is a prerequisite to on-site medical coding and billing classes. It can also help those who want to upgrade skills for a current position, or gain knowledge to succeed in other medical courses. Emphasis is on learning the language of medicine in relation to the body systems rather than rote memorization of terms in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

No prerequisite. Purchase textbook and medical dictionary from the HCC Bookstore prior to first class. (T)

5.5 CEUs.

Tuition: $565 (includes $415 in fees*)
Mon, Wed (plus Sat listed below)* Aug 24-Sep 23 6PM-9:30PM Gateway Campus XH-126 7270 #1098
* Sat 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Aug 24, Sep 7, Sep 14 & Sep 21
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Short Introductory Online Courses

Not sure if a career in medical billing/coding is right for you? You may enroll in these short online Ed2Go courses to explore if this is the right career for you.

Administrative Medical Assistant

*This introductory course does not fulfill prerequisites for certification. Take this course if you’re interested in exploring a career as an Administrative Medical Assistant but are not sure if it’s the right career for you.*

Explore a career as an administrative medical assistant. Topics include scheduling patients, billing, and insurance claims.

After you register, please create an online account at ed2go.com/howardcc.  This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $140 (includes $95 in fees*)
Jul 17-Aug 23   Online XO-480 4882 #1134
The tuition for this section is $130 (includes $90 in fees*).
Aug 14-Sep 20   Online XO-480 4883 #1135
The tuition for this section is $130 (includes $90 in fees*).
Sep 11-Oct 18   Online XO-480 4032 #5032
Oct 16-Nov 22   Online XO-480 4033 #5033
Nov 13-Dec 20   Online XO-480 4034 #5034
Dec 11-Jan 17   Online XO-480 4035 #5035
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Medical Coding

*This introductory course does not fulfill prerequisites for certification. Take the below course if you're interested in exploring Medical Coding but are not sure if medical billing/coding is the right career for you.*

You will learn to use the CPT manual and the ICD-9-CM to find medical codes for diseases, treatments, and surgical procedures. 

After you register, please create an online account at ed2go.com/howardcc. This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $140 (includes $95 in fees*)
Jul 17-Aug 23   Online XO-419 4876 #1111
The tuition for this section is $130 (includes $90 in fees*).
Aug 14-Sep 20   Online XO-419 4877 #1112
The tuition for this section is $130 (includes $90 in fees*).
Sep 11-Oct 18   Online XO-419 4020 #5020
Oct 16-Nov 22   Online XO-419 4021 #5021
Nov 13-Dec 20   Online XO-419 4022 #5022
Dec 11-Jan 17   Online XO-419 4023 #5023
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Medical Terminology

*This introductory course does not fulfill prerequisites for certification. Take this course if you’re interested in exploring Medical Billing/Coding but are not sure if it’s the right career for you.*

Explore a career in health care by learning key medical terminology. Topics include root terms, word associations, and word combinations. 

After you register, please create an online account at ed2go.com/howardcc. This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $140 (includes $95 in fees*)
Jul 17-Aug 23   Online XO-190 4880 #1115
The tuition for this section is $130 (includes $90 in fees*).
Aug 14-Sep 20   Online XO-190 4881 #1116
The tuition for this section is $130 (includes $90 in fees*).
Sep 11-Oct 18   Online XO-419 4020 #5020
Oct 16-Nov 22   Online XO-419 4021 #5021
Nov 13-Dec 20   Online XO-419 4022 #5022
Dec 11-Jan 17   Online XO-419 4023 #5023
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