The online, self-paced Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS certification program provides you with the skills you need to earn a national certification and start working right away. You will choose one of the following national certification exams to become a coder. Studying for and passing more than one exam is beneficial but optional. After enrollment, your coding support instructor can help you determine which exam(s) is right for you.
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Who should enroll in this certificate? Those looking for an entry level position as a medical coding and billing professional or current coders who are interested in becoming certified.
Frequency of classes: This certificate program is available in the fall, summer, and spring
Format: This certificate program is fully online. You can enroll and begin anytime! The online curriculum includes images, videos, simulations, and interactive games. Log-in information and other important details, will be sent within 3-4 business days of enrollment, from Career Step, our educational partner.
Average time to complete: The programs is designed to be completed in 4-6 months of full-time study. However, the online training format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes one year (12 months) to complete the program.
Pre-requisites: You must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass a Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the program.
Total hours of instruction: 640
The curriculum has a three-part program design.
Modules and Completion Hours
|Program Orientation 1||CPT/HCPCS Coding – Block 2 40|
|Computer Fundamentals 7||Advanced ICD-10 Coding 16|
|Health Information Management 14||Coding Practicum 120|
|Healthcare Delivery Systems 4||Final Exam Preparations 1|
|Legal and Compliance 3||Applied PCS Modules|
|Reimbursement Methodologies 21||Program Orientation 1|
|Medical Terminology 50||Advanced Pathophysiology 35|
|Pathophysiology 50||Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 35|
|Anatomy and Physiology 45||Applied ICD-10-PCS Coding 28|
|Pharmacology 30||ICD-10-PCS Coding Practicum 17|
|Introduction to Coding 16||Final Exam Preparation 1|
|ICD-10 Coding 65||640 Hours Total|
|CPT/HCPCS Coding – Block 1 40|
What Do Medical Coding and Billing Professionals Do?
As a medical coding and billing professional you will review patient medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures performed so the facility can bill insurance company and patient.
Medical coding and billing professionals usually work on-site at a healthcare facility, however, some companies hire professionals to work from home, including University of Utah hospitals and clinics.
Medical coding and billing positions can be found in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, large coding outsourcing companies, and other healthcare facilities.
In addition to knowledge and skills gained through the comprehensive curriculum, tuition includes a one-year student membership in AHIMA, which will give you access to AHIMA’s mentor program, online peer communities, member discounts, and quality industry information.
Why choose the University of Utah?
We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!
By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.
Resume Power - benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.
Instructor Excellence - learn from the same high-quality faculty that teach in our degree programs.
The Power of the U Network – students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.
Programs that Fit Your Schedule – most of our certificates offer convenient online or evening classes that offer a schedule that works around you. Go to class whenever and wherever you want.
Certificate Completion Requirements
How is my accomplishment recognized?
What kind of skills or experience do I need to enroll in this program
There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the program. You must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass a Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test.
What is the job market for medical coders and billers?
A growing job market as industry employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026. In addition to these new jobs, there will also be open positions as people retire or leave the profession.
A high demand for coding services, sustained by an aging population and the increasing number of tests, treatments, and procedures.
In addition to this growth, there is also an already existing shortage of medical coding professionals. This shortage is estimated to be about 30% and is expected to increase with the industry’s shift to ICD-10 from ICD-9.
Are there exams? Am I graded?
Yes. There will be unit tests, module quizzes, and a final exam in each course. Following is the course breakdown:
Certificate courses are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" option. “S-Satisfactory” will indicate that the student has earned an 75% or better on all unit tests, module quizzes, and on the final exam. Students can retake each test or exam two additional times if needed or desired.
Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?
This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.
Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?
Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs. However, we Professional Education has a payment plan that may be helpful to you. More information can be found here: https://continue.utah.edu/proed/payment-options
Does this program offer student support?
Though the course is entirely online, you will never be on your own! A student support team is available to provide ongoing support through the whole program. Support is available for: questions regarding curriculum, technical or computer issues as well as to help transition you for graduation to the workforce.