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

 

 

The USA Center for Continuing Education’s (CCE) Medical Billing and Coding program is an intense preparatory course that readies students to sit for the Certified Professional Coders (CPC®) Exam.  The CPC® credential is facilitated through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The USA Center for Continuing Education is a licensed partner of the AAPC whose objective it is to prepare students to launch a career in Medical Billing and Coding.


Job Forecast

Medical Billing and Coding Job Outlook according to the United States Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates above average growth projections:

2018 Median Pay:                              $40,350 per year
Number of Jobs, 2018:                       215,500
Yrs. 2018 – 2028 Job Outlook:           11% (Much faster than average)
*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 4, 2019

Students who successfully complete the USA CCE Medical Billing and Coding Program will receive a program certificate, but to become a certified coder, the student must take and pass the CPC® Examination.

 

To enter the program:

1.    Go to the Application Process tab and follow the instructions.
2.    Once we have received the application, transcript, and application fee we will go over your information for acceptance into the program.  We will work with students to determine which track is most appropriate based on education and work experience. (See the Program Outline tab for the two tracks.)

 

There are two tracks that students may take.

Beginner’s Track is for students entering the program without having taken Human Anatomy and Physiology nor having a working knowledge of medical terminology. A basic knowledge of both of these are vital to pass the CPC® Examination.  Course requirements are:

            MBC101          Medical Terminology

            MBC102          Human Anatomy & Physiology

            MBC103          Introduction to Medical Coding

            MBC104          Comprehensive Coding I

            MBC105          Comprehensive Coding II

The beginner’s track may be completed in eight months.

Experienced Track is for students who have successfully completed Human Anatomy & Physiology and have a working knowledge of medical terminology prior to entering the program.  Course requirements are:

            MBC203          Introduction to Medical Coding

            MBC204          Comprehensive Coding I

            MBC205          Comprehensive Coding II

The experienced track may be completed in five months.

Payment Options

Once accepted into the program, there are two options:

Option 1-Pay-as-you-go: First sign up for the one-time enrollment fee.  Then you may enroll in the first course in your track. **USA employees/affiliates will need to call the office to obtain their discount and register.

Option 2-Bundled Payment:  Save approximately $200 by purchasing the package! Register directly by clicking on the Beginner or Experienced Healthcare Professional Package link.  This is an all inclusive package with the exception of the books for Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy & Physiology.  

The estimated cost of the program varies from around $2100 to $2600, depending on which track the student takes, whether or not the student chooses the bundled package or pay-as-you-go option, or whether or not the student is a University employee or affiliate.

Books and Materials

The cost for the AAPC coding books are included in the cost of the program (needed for Introduction to Coding, Comprehensive Coding I and II).  The cost of the books for Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy & Physiology are not included.

For more information, please contact the Center at 251-460-7200.

▼   Medical Terminology: A Programmed Systems Approach

Mobile's medical community is the most rapidly growing area in the state. All employees in the medical field will appreciate this timely and much needed course. This study of basic medical terminology includes prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, abbreviations and symbols. A programmed learning, word building system will be used to learn word parts used to construct or analyze new terms. This provides you the opportunity to decipher unfamiliar terms and check their spelling, definition, usage and pronunciation. Abbreviations will be introduced as related terms are presented.

▼   Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Managers and Coders

 

This course is designed to orient students to basic human anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on organ systems with associated pathophysiology. Upon completion, students will be able to correctly identify the major organ systems and subsystems, describe major diseases associated with each system, identify major medical tests to diagnose pathophysiologies discussed including the skin in health and disease and the musculoskeletal, nervous, sensory, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary systems.

▼   Introduction to Medical Billing & Coding

Introduction to Coding is about the business of medicine, specifically coding as a profession. It also introduces students to the tools of their trade; CPT, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II books. The laws governing the medical field and the importance of compliance with them is included in this course.

▼   ​Comprehensive Coding I

This comprehensive coding course is an in-depth study of ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines, and specific sections of CPT and HCPCS Level II code books. The specific CPT sections include Evaluation and Management, Medicine, Radiology and Pathology with their section guidelines and modifiers.

▼   ​Comprehensive Coding II

Comprehensive Coding II is an in-depth study of coding in all surgical specialties and anesthesia. It also includes any associated ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II coding and modifiers.

 

The steps for applying to the program include:

1. Complete the program application

2. Send official transcripts to the Center for Continuing Education Office using this address:

Center for Continuing Education
c/o Medical Billing and Coding Program
555 North University Blvd. AHE 335
Mobile, AL 36688

3. Pay the nonrefundable application fee online, by mail or in person (at the address listed above).
 
If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Certificates will only be granted to those who have enrolled in and successfully completed the program and have paid all applicable registrations and fees. 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. The CCE is a licensed educational partner of the AAPC. Registration and requirements for the CPC® exam and certification can be found at their website www.aapc.com.

 

Medical Billing & Coding Program Refund Policy

In the event you withdraw from a class, we are happy to refund your fees according to the policy below.

Students Who Bundled Payment-

100% refund for all withdrawals made ten (10) or more business days (Monday-Friday) before the first day of class.

50% refund for withdrawals made inside the ten (10) business days (Monday-Friday) before the first day of class.

25% refund for withdrawals made before the last day of the Introduction to Medical Coding class.

No refund for withdrawals made after the last day of the Introduction to Medical Coding class.

Students Who Pay-Per-Course-

100% refund for all withdrawals made ten (10) or more business days (Monday-Friday) before the first day of class.

50% refund for withdrawals made inside the ten (10) business days (Monday-Friday) before the first day of class.

No refund beginning the first day of class.

Exceptions: For online courses no refunds are available once the student has access to the course.

All Medical Billing & Coding Students-

The one-time enrollment fee is nonrefundable.

The cost of any used materials (including books, software, memberships, exam vouchers, etc.), shall be deducted from refund.

 

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!