Q. What is a Medical Coder-Biller?
A. Medical Coder/Billers review and analyze medical records and assign the appropriate diagnostic and/or procedure codes to medical conditions specific to the patient. These codes can then be used for many purposes including health insurance claims processing and medical research.
Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program begins every August and January. Applications are taken all year round.
Q. What are the application requirements?
A. There are two forms that must be completed for admission to the Medical Coder-Biller program:
The MDC Application and the Application for Program Admission.
Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Students who have earned an A.A., A.S., A.A.S., or higher degree or have passed the C.P.T./PERT test on their first attempt or have met the CLAS requirement are exempt from the T.A.B.E. Test. For more information see the testing criteria for Career and Technical Education Programs.
Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. There are no required general education or science courses.
Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. Upon completion of the program you will receive a Career Technical Certificate.
Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. This is an evening program with some courses offered through Virtual College or as Hybrid courses. Classes begin at 5:30 PM.
Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. This program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time accelerated program.
Q. Can the Medical Coding program be taken part time?
A. Yes, students are not required to go full time. If someone wants to go part time, they can take two or three classes a semester. However, it will take a year to a year and a half to complete the program, and going part time may affect financial aid. Be sure to check with your financial aid adviser.
Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. A state exam or license is not required to work in the profession. However, since certification increases employment opportunities, we encourage students to sit for certification as soon as possible. Graduates from this program can sit for coding credentialing exams offered by both the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, the range is from 32,965 to 56,700, with an average salary of $44,400, according to Salary.com.