Medical Billing and Coding, Diploma

The medical billing and coding diploma program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as medical billers and coders in a variety of healthcare settings, such as physician offices, multispecialty clinics, nursing homes, surgery centers, healthcare systems, and medical billing companies.  Medical billers and coders are responsible for completing insurance claims; coding patient diagnoses and medical, surgical and diagnostic services; submitting claims consistent with government regulations and private insurance policies; and coordinating communications between healthcare providers, insurance carriers, and patients.  The accuracy and timeliness of their work is crucial to providers’ financial operations, and they serve as valuable members of the healthcare team.

This diploma program utilizes a combination of hands-on learning activities in coding and billing courses with a practicum experience at the end of the program to help students develop the knowledge and skills billers and coders use in the healthcare field.  Graduates may wish to pursue certification in this field through national professional associations, such as the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills, knowledge and behavior competence in administrative content, functions, and procedures, including current medical coding; completing and submitting claims to insurance carriers; and related reimbursement activities.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with constituents in the healthcare environment, including patients, medical personnel, and insurance carriers. 
  • Apply fundamental principles, regulations, and statutes for performing within legal and ethical boundaries.

Medical Billing and Coding: Diploma Requirements

60 Credits

Medical Coding and Billing Major Core (37.5)

HA3010DIntroduction to U.S. Healthcare Delivery

4

ME1140Medical Terminology for Health Professions

2

ME2211Human Pharmacology

4

ME2250Medical Law and Ethics

4

ME2260Medical Records Management

4

ME2515Introduction to Pathophysiology

4.5

ME2611Healthcare Coding and Billing I

4

ME2612Healthcare Coding and Billing II

4

ME2630Medical Billing & Coding Capstone

3

ME2650Medical Billing & Coding Practicum

4

HA3010D, ME1140, ME2211, ME2250, ME2260, ME2515, ME2611, ME2612, ME2630, ME2650: Professional course (minimum "C" grade required)

General Education Core (22.5)

Communications

EN1150Composition I

4.5

Science

SC1221Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

6

SC1221: Professional course (Minimum "C" grade required)

General Education

CS1201Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

5

OR

CS1203Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

5

 

CS1301Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

5

CS2086Career Path Planning

2

Graduation Requirements: A minimum 2.0 GPA is required overall and in the Major Core. See the "Graduation Requirements" section of the catalog for additional requirements.

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