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Continuing Education Certificate

Upon successful completion of this program students earn a Continuing Education Medical Billing Specialist Certificate. Students are encouraged to take the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Biller exam.

Medical Billing
The medical industry is experiencing a tremendous demand for individuals with knowledge of medical office operations, billing and coding, processing insurance forms, and using medical software. According to the American Medical Association, there are over 1.2 million Medical Specialists in the United States. This profession is listed as one of the fastest growing professions in allied health. This growth can be attributed to the recent legislation and changes in medical insurance. With the creation of HMO's, PPO's, and managed care, physicians need employees who understand the complexities of insurance billing. Because of this demand, medical billing has become one of the most popular careers in the nation. Complete and submit the Healthcare Program application.

The Medical Billing Specialist Certificate Program

Complete and submit the Healthcare Program application.

  • day and evening classes available for some courses
  • some online courses
  • lecture and hands-on training
  • competitively priced
  • conveniently located

Employment Trends

  • Medical billing, together with other health information technicians, is one of the ten fastest-growing allied health occupations.
  • Medical billers are employed in clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, consulting firms, medical coding and billing services firms, governmental agencies and computer software companies.
  • Medical billers can advance to be supervisors or health information administrators. 
  • Medical billers can find work in a number of diverse settings, including clinics, laboratories, hospitals, medical libraries or, if you prefer and can arrange it, from the convenience of a home office.

Required courses:

HES 357 Medical Terminology, tuition $290

OR HES 354 Medical Terminology, tuition $140

HES 554 Human Anatomy and Physiology Pt. 1, tuition $140

HES 409 Introduction to Medical Billing, tuition $180

HES 553 Computerized Medical Billing, tuition $520

HES 321 Physician Office Billing, tuition $360

HES 563 Advanced Medical Billing, tuition $447

 


See Courses and Descriptions
This program begins with an overview of the medical billing practice, computerized patient accounting and the fundamentals needed to enter the medical billing field. Both lecture and hands-on training are used to prepare students as physician's office personnel. This training prepares you to take the American Association of Professional Billers (AAPC) Certified Professional Biller exam and is offered at the Largo campus and meets in the Center for Health Studies. The courses are offered in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Prerequisites 1. High school diploma or GED 2. Keyboarding skills 3. Strong computer and word processing skills 4. Successfully complete the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension placement test with a score of 65 or higher OR provide proof of college credits. 5. Complete and submit the Healthcare Program application.