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Certificate in

Medical Billing and Coding


Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to become a successful medical biller and coder and start an exciting career in the healthcare industry.

 
 

Qualify for National Certifications

When you take part in Cal State East Bay’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program, you’ll acquire skills to solve insurance billing problems, manually file claims, complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures.

And by completing the program with the suggested practical work experience, you may be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Exam, the Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC or CPC-H Apprentice), the American Health Information Management Association's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam, and other national certification exams.

Best in the West

Selected as a "Best in the West" college by The Princeton Review

Exam Prep

Nationally recognized program qualifies you to sit for professional certification exams

CCI Partner

Offered in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International (CCI), industry leader in healthcare education and training programs 

High-quality Instruction in a Convenient Location

Taught by nationally certified coders, you’ll receive hands-on instruction that is applicable in all areas of the medical billing and coding field. The program is held at CSUEB’s downtown Oakland Center, making classes easily accessible by car or public transportation.

My teacher was easy to relate to and she was willing to take time to share study guide secrets to help us maintain the information needed to remain successful with the certificate.

Ayrika MureClass of 2013

Join a Booming Field

Medical Billing and Coding is one of the fastest growing careers in the health care industry. The need for professionals that understand how to code health care services and procedures for third party insurance reimbursement is growing substantially. Physician practices, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, chiropractic practices, physical therapy practices, and other health care providers all depend on medical billing and coding for insurance carrier reimbursement.


As a medical biller and coding professional, you’ll keep records, calculate patient charges, and review files. Typical duties include reviewing records, calculating charges for a patient’s procedure and service, and preparing itemized statements and submitting claims to third party payers.

You’ll be responsible for the collection of physician charges and patient data to ensure that claims are submitted to insurance carriers accurately and in the most efficient and expeditious manner. Additionally, as a medical coder you’ll determine codes for physician procedures and diagnosis - using ICD-9 and CPT-4 coding protocols - for third party billing purposes.

Occupational Trends

New Jobs

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$34k Median Salary

The median annual wage for health information technicians was $34,160 in 2012.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Certification Matters

Most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have professional certification.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Become a Medical Billing and Coding Expert

By earning your certificate from an accredited university, you’ll exhibit the finest level of knowledge and professionalism in medical billing and coding, making you a valued employee in the marketplace.


In fact, Cal State East Bay graduates have obtained positions as medical billers and coders in hospitals, medical clinics, physician's offices, insurance companies, and more. Others have gone on to take national certification exams, including the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Exam, the Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC or CPC-H Apprentice), the American Health Information Management Association's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam, and other national certification exams.

As a Cal State East Bay graduate, you will acquire:


The skills needed to complete common insurance forms and solve insurance problems.

The familiarity with CPT, ICD-9, and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third-party reimbursements.

An understanding of how to manually file claims using the CPT and ICD-9 manuals.

Familiarity with how to find the service and codes using the CPT, ICD-9, and HCPCS manuals.

Expertise in tracing delinquent claims, appealing denied claims, and using generic forms to streamline billing procedures.


The completion of the course work helped me to gain a promotion and to work in the management level position that I currently work in.

Ayrika MureClass of 2013

Next, find out what you’ll learn in the program. »

Hands-on Instruction and Applicable Methods

As a student in CSUEB’s Medical Billing and Coding program, you’ll receive real-world experience by learning how to find service codes using professional coding manuals (CPT and ICD-9) and gaining applicable knowledge in the following areas:


CPT (introduction, guidelines, evaluation, and management)

Specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology, and laboratory)

ICD-9 (introduction and guidelines)

Basic claims process for medical insurance and third party reimbursement


What You'll Learn

Below is a detailed list of the lessons you’ll learn throughout your time in the program:

  • Your career as an insurance coding specialist Documentation guidelines and legal issues affecting insurance claims and medical records
  • Basics of health insurance and procedural coding Introduction to the CPT Manual Evaluation and management services
  • Anesthesia/surgery, radiology and pathology/laboratory medicine
  • Diagnosis coding CPT modifiers, E and V Codes, and late effects Introduction to international classification of diseases, clinical modifications, coding guidelines
  • The health insurance claim form (CMS 1500) HIPAA and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • Tracing delinquent claims and insurance problem solving
  • Managed care systems, special plans and third party reimbursement, medicare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, Medicaid and other state programs, CHAMPUS and CHAMPVA, worker’s compensation, disability income insurance, and disability benefit programs

Program Format

The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program is conveniently offered in the evenings at the downtown Oakland Center, which is easily accessible by car or public transportation.


Certificate Requirements

To earn your Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding, you must complete one required 12-week/80-hour course.

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Find out how to apply and join the program. »

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program is available to any interested student who has a high school diploma or GED equivalent and has completed Medical Terminology as a prerequisite.

No application is needed to enter this program. To get started, simply register for the course.

Common Questions

Do I have to be admitted to the University to take courses in the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program? 

No, this program is open to the public. 

How much work/study time does the class entail? 

The average study time for this course is 4 to 6 hours weekly. However, study time may be less depending on the content and time spent in the classroom. 

Is there anything I can read/do to prepare for the class? 

No, all course materials are provided. 

Will this class prepare me for a career in medical billing and coding?

Yes, the completion of this course will assist and prepare you for various careers in health care. 

What should I wear to class? 

You should wear comfortable clothes. 

How do I know if medical billing and coding is right for me?

If you want to be in a field that is ever changing, evolving, and offers potential for advancement then this is the field for you.

Are there any skills that might be particularly useful to have in this field?

Reading comprehension and analytical skills are helpful. 

What happens if I need to withdraw from a course?

Withdrawal and Refund Policies vary depending on the type of program in which you enroll. Some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies that supersede the standard refund policy. Please contact the Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the refund and drop policies, or click here for more details.

Financing

Is financial aid available for this program?

Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding

Ideal for: Individuals who seek careers in the healthcare field as medical billing and coding specialists

Program format: In-person

Number of courses: 1 course

Program length: 12 weeks; 80 hours

Tuition costs: $2,178 
(Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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