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Medical Coding and Billing Certificate

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Community college certification

Method of Delivery

Online, e-learning, or distance learning

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours, Weekends

Instructional Program (CIP)

Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder. 510713

Description

A. Program Objective: Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of professional skills required for Medical Coding and Billing (2) knowledge and training on diagnostic and procedural coding and ICD-10 codes (3) knowledge of coding compliance and auditing (4) fundamental concepts for working effectively in a healthcare setting including knowledge of HIPPA and medical ethics.


Description: This program is designed to teach the fundamentals of medical coding and billing and prepare students to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  Course topics included medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, computer applications in healthcare technologies, insurance plans, and medical ethics.  Students will also learn diagnostic and procedural coding, coding compliance and auditing, physician and hospital billing, HIPPA compliance, Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE systems.  Students receive training and practice for ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPS code assignment.


Competencies to be achieved:


MCB 100: Introduction to Health Information Management (3 cr)


MCB 130: Computer Applications and Healthcare Technologies (3 cr.) 


MCB 160: Revenue Cycle Management Process, Compliance & Regulatory (3 cr.) 


MCB 200: CPC Medical Coding and Billing Training & Health Law (6 cr.)


MCB 230: CPC Certification Exam Prep and Professional Practice (3 cr.)


CIS 120: Intro to Computer Information System (3 cr.) 


BIO 160: Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.) AHE 119 can be substituted for BIO 160.


AHE 101: Medical Terminology (3 cr.)


B. Total Cost of Program (include all costs to student including testing, licensure):


In-state: $5059.80 (includes tuition, fees, textbooks, and supplies) 


Out-of-state: $5915.80 (includes tuition, fees, textbooks, and supplies)


 


Tuition:



  • In-state tuition: $2576.00 ($92 per credit hour, 28 credits total)

  • Out-of-state Tuition: $3432.00 ($102 per credit hour up through 6 credit hours, then $138 per credit hour) 4 semesters at 7-6-6-9 credit hours for 28 total.


 


Additional Fees:



  • Estimated Books: $1184.80 (includes optional study materials, estimated prices)

  • Bus Fee: $20 ($5 per semester, Fall/Spring only)

  • MCB 100: $100 AAPC student membership

  • MCB 200: $325 LMS support

  • MCB 230: $638 CPC Exam fee, CPC Study Guide, CPC Practicode Online Internship

  • Web Fees: $27 for each online class x 8 = $216 (BIO 160 is not online)


Total Course Fees including books:  $2483.80


 


C. Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if cost of books is included in tuition):


MCB 100: Cengage Unlimited MCB subscription, ISBN: 9780357700013, 1 year access $199.99 or one semester 134.99** (IF NOT ALREADY PURCHASED IN AHE-119)


MCB 130: See ** below


MCB 160: See ** below


MCB 200: CPC Textbook/Workbook digital copy $109.95, Pro Fee Coder Bundle (HCPCS,CPT, ICD-10 CM) $209.95, should be purchased from www.aapc.com.


MCB 230: no textbooks required for this course.  Optional items include:  CPC Practice Exams $59.95 and CPC Exam Review $149.99, available for purchase at www.aapc.com.


AHE 101:  Language of Medicine w/Access, 12th Edition, ISBN 9780323551472, $119.99


CIS 120:  Cengage Unlimited subscription, ISBN: 978357700006, $134.99 (THIS IS A SEPARATE CENGAGE SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FOR CIS 120)


BIO 160*:  Intro to Human Anatomy, AWC Print, ISBN: 2818000007497, $9.17; Anatomy Coloring Workbook, 4th Edition, ISBN 9780451487872, $22.99 OR


AHE 119*: Cengage Unlimited MCB subscription, ISBN: 9780357700013, 1 year access $199.99 or one semester 134.99**


*Students will take either BIO 160 OR AHE 119 (the higher priced item is listed in the books total)


**A single Cengage Unlimited MCB subscription will include all e-texts needed for the time they subscribe for.  Meaning that one single semester long subscription will cover all e-texts needed for AHE-119, MCB 100, MCB, 130, & MCB 160 during that semester.  If students plan to spread out those 4 courses over 2 semesters, then they should purchase a 12-month Cengage MCB subscription to cover both semesters worth of e-texts.  If student chooses the AHE 119 pathway they should purchase the Cengage subscription in AHE-119.  If they choose the BIO 160 route, they will purchase the subscription in MCB 100.


 


 


Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition):


 


D. WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:


Name: Jennifer Freedman, Administrative Assistant for Dean of Workforce Dev and CTE


Email: Jennifer.freedman@azwestern.edu


Phone Number: (928) 344-7757


 


E. Direct Website link to the program: https://www.azwestern.edu/career-and-technical-education/medical-coding-and-billing


 


F. Additional information:


Background check requirements for licensing and background restrictions for working in the occupation: N/A


Other requirements: 


 


G. Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website): https://www.azwestern.edu/paying-for-college


 


H. Credentials: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)



  • Industry Recognized: (Developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector)


Yes or No: Yes, AAPC, American Academy of Professional Coders


 



  • Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials)


Yes or No: Yes


Career Pathway: Bachelor of Science in Allied Health, Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration


 



  • Portable: (Recognized in other geographical areas; by other educational institutions; or by other industries/companies)


 Yes or No (Explain): Yes, skills applicable nationwide


 



  • Accredited Curriculum: (This is referring to the course being accredited, not the test or school)


Yes or No: Yes


Link to Accrediting Website: HLC, https://www.hlcommission.org/


 


I. Credential Attainment Rate: Percentage of students in the last 24 months who obtained a postsecondary credential, or secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, during participation or within one year after exit from the training program. New program, no data.

Details

Program Length (Weeks)

64

Hours

28

Entrance Requirements

None

School

Arizona Western College

WIOA Approved Program

Yes

Training Location(s)

2020 S. Ave 8E, Yuma, Arizona

Local WIB

9 - Yuma County Workforce Investment Board

Name of Credential

Certified Professional Coder

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Pell Grant

Refund Policy

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - Higher Learning Commission

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?

No

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?

Yes

Cost Items

Books (Estimated)

$1,184.80

Testing/Exam Fees

$638.00 CPC Exam, study guide, and online internship

In-State/District Tuition

$2,576.00

Other Fees

$20.00 bus fee, $5/semester for 4 semesters, Fall/Spring only

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$3,432.00

Registration Fee

$216.00

Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)

$425.00 AAPC Membership and LMS Support

Total In-State Program Cost

$5,059.80

Total Out-of-State Program Cost

$5,915.80

Demand Occupation(s)

29-2072.00Medical Records Specialists
$13.72 per hour
Required Certification: Certified Professional Coder

Provider Status

Approved

Address

2020 S. Ave 8E, Yuma, Arizona 85365

Phone Number

(928) 344-7567

Fax Number

(928) 317-6048

Web Address

https://www.azwestern.edu/career-and-technical-education/medical-coding-and-billing

Last Updated

Sep 21, 2022

Created

Jan 03, 2022

Renewal

Jun 03, 2023