Healthcare Professions

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"This certificate will allow me to be employed no matter where I am living. It was absolutely the right thing for me to do." - Melinda Williams

 

 

 Certificate Requirements

The CCE's Medical Billing and Coding program is an intense preparation course that readies students to sit for the Certified Professional Coders (CPC) Exam. The CPC exam thoroughly tests a coder’s grasp of the entire coding process, from medical terminology to code sets and beyond. The exam is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions covering 24 subject areas, including anesthesia, radiology, and medicine. The exam takes about five hours to complete. The CPC credential is facilitated through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). 

The Medical Billing and Coding program consists of seven classes, beginning with Medical Terminology. This certificate can be earned in less than a year when students take an average of two classes per term. Self-study and reading on your own is required in order to be successful. Please allow for at least two hours each day of self-study, outside of regular class meetings. Sitting in class alone will not guarantee your understanding of the subject matter or passing of the comprehensive certification exam.  

To earn a certificate from the USA Center for Continuing Education students must successfully complete and pass all seven classes. Attendance is also required. 

The coding books that are required for these classes are revised every year as the medical codes change. These updates are generally made in the Fall and Winter of each year. Please be sure to confirm with our staff which books will be used to prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. The instructors will always be teaching from the most recently released code sets in order to prepare you for the exam. 

 

▼   ​Medical Terminology

​This class covers basic terminology including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, abbreviations, and symbols.

Please allow at least two hours of self-study each night in order to learn the language that is used in medical terminology. 

The CCE offers this class on campus or online. For the online training option please follow this link to the Medical Terminology Series. To enroll in the course on campus, please follow the Enroll Now link above to find the next scheduled class. Students must pass with at least a 70/C to pass the online course. Please contact our office once you have completed the course to finalize your grade and move on in the program. 

▼   ​Introduction to Basic ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding

This class​ is designed for either the beginner or inexperienced coder and provides an overview of the correct use of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis manual in assigning codes to each service provided to a patient.

This course replaces the Beginning ICD-9-CM class, but includes a two-week overview of ICD-9-CM.

▼   ​Beginning CPT/HCPCS Procedural Coding

This class​ is designed for either the beginner or intermediate coder to gain and understanding of the correct use of the CPT/HCPCS Procedural Manual to assign codes to each service provided to patients.

Prerequisites include: ICD-10, Medical Terminology.

▼   ​Chart Reviewing for Physician Office Coders

Provides students with hands-on experience in monitoring charts for information required for compliance in physician offices. Students also gain valuable knowledge of the different types of chart audits and determining proper courses of action during audits. Additionally, students learn Evaluation and Documentation Guidelines set by the CMS and AMA.

Prerequisites include: ICD-10, Medical Terminology and Beginning CPT/ HCPCS. 

▼    ​Anatomy and Physiology


Provides students with a foundation in the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This class covers major organ systems and covers advanced terms associated with those systems.

Please allow for at least two hours of self-study each night in order to learn the body systems. 

The CCE offers this class on campus or online. For the online training option please follow this link to the Anatomy and Physiology Series. To enroll in the course on campus, please follow the Enroll Now link above to find the next scheduled class. Students must pass with at least a 70/C to pass the online course. Please contact our office once you have completed the course to finalize your grade and move on in the program.

Please note: this course is a prerequisite for the Comprehensive Coding classes. 

▼   ​Comprehensive Coding I for Physician Offices

This advanced course is designed for students to learn more about specialty-specific coding. Various coding scenarios and case studies will be discussed and worked. An understanding of human anatomy and the body systems is required. 

Prerequisites include: ICD-10, Medical Terminology, Anatomy Physiology, Beginning CPT/ HCPCS and Chart Reviewing. 

▼   ​Comprehensive Coding II for Physicians Offices

This​ advanced coding class combines hands-on coding experience with lectures and class discussions of case scenarios to assist in preparing for the AAPC CPC® Exam.

Prerequisites include: ICD-10, Medical Terminology, Anatomy Physiology, Beginning CPT/ HCPCS, Chart Reviewing, and Comprehensive Coding I. 

 

Certificates will only be granted to those who have enrolled in and successfully completed the program and have paid a non-refundable certificate fee. Course prerequisites must also be followed.

Please note completion of the University of South Alabama's Center for Continuing Education Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding does not confer the designation of being a certified coder. The CCEs certificate program is designed to prepare you to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) is a registered trademark of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC®) and is an entity independent of the USA Center for Continuing Education. Registration and requirements for the CPC® exam and certification can be found at their website www.aapc.com.

 

Full Certificate Program Options

CPC Medical Billing and Coding in partnership with Education to Go is an ideal program for students new to a medical career. If you’re seeking entry into the healthcare industry, this comprehensive program will provide you with all of the information you need to earn a certification in medical billing and coding. 

Professional Medical Coding with Applied PCS in partnership with Career Step offers features like time management tools and creative study aids that easily begin your journey to a new career.

 

Individual Class Options

Medical Terminology I & II - This course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach. Root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term. Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II - In this course we'll discuss everything from cell anatomy to human genetics to functions of the different organ systems. Each lesson includes information about specific disorders that sometimes happen to our bodies, and we'll also talk about some recent advances in medicine. By the end of this course, you'll have a greater appreciation and understanding of the marvelous complexity of the human body!

JJ Moody, Program Director
(251) 460-7200
jjmoody@southalabama.edu