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 five required courses for students new to the healthcare industry or needing a refresher. For experienced healthcare professionals wishing to become credentialed, there are three required courses needed to prepare for the exam. While this certificate can be earned in less than 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.   The student is responsible for obtaining textbooks for the Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy & Physiology classes.  

 

Bundled packages are available for students who wish to pay for the entire program up front. 

The Beginning Package includes the enrollment fee, class fees for all five courses, books and materials for the Introduction and Comprehensive Coding courses,  a one-year membership into the AAPC, a CPC exam voucher and practice exam, all for $2400 (for a savings of over $200).   

The Experienced Package includes the enrollment fee, books and materials and course fees for all three classes, a one-year membership into the AAPC,  a CPC exam voucher and practice exam, all for $2100 (for a savings of over $200).

▼   ​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 Introduction to Coding, Comprehensive Coding classes.

▼   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 Introduction to Coding and Comprehensive Coding classes. 

▼   ​Introduction to 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.

Prerequisites include: Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology

▼   ​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.

Prerequisites include: Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Coding.

▼   ​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.

Prerequisites include: Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Coding 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 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!