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 CCE is a licensed partner of the AAPC.  

The Medical Billing and Coding program is modeled after the AAPC curriculum and consists of eight required courses for students new to the healthcare industry or needing a refresher. For experienced healthcare professionals wishing to become credentialed, there are five required courses needed to prepare for the exam. While this certificate can be earned in a year's time, 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 required classes. Attendance is also required. Under the new program guidelines, the coding books that are required for these classes will be issued at the beginning of class and are included in the cost of the program. The coding books are revised every year as the medical codes change. Additionally, these are the books students will use on the exam and in their daily work as coders. Updates to the codesets are generally made in the Fall and Winter of each year. The instructors will always be teaching from the most recently released code sets in order to prepare you for the exam for that year. 


▼   ​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. 

Please note: this course is a prerequisite for the Beginning CPT/HCPCS, Chart Reviewing and Comprehensive Coding I and II.

▼   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. 

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

▼   Professional Coding and Billing 101

This course covers the fundamentals of medical coding and billing. It will include an overview to the CPT, ICD 10-CM and HCPCS books; including the layout, purpose and use in practice. This class also introduces the billing process and how medical coding fits into the process as well as rules governing medical billing. 

Upon completion of this course, students will have a working knowledge of how to use the codebooks through the understanding of the layout and purpose of each book. Students will gain insight into claims filing, payment and AR/collections process while staying within the confounds of State, Federal and payer guidelines. 

Please note: this course is a prerequisite to the coding portion of the program for students without a healthcare background.

▼   ​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.

Please note: this course is a prerequisite for the Beginning CPT/HCPCS, Chart Reviewing and Comprehensive Coding I and II.

▼   ​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. 

▼   ​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. 


 We are now accepting applications for the 2019 - 2020 program cycle. 

The steps for applying to the program include:
1. Complete the program application using the hyperlink provided. 

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 on our website or through the hyperlink provided. 

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


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!