Montana State University-Billings

1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298

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The Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Coding and Insurance Billing is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is offered by City College at the Montana State University’s Billings campus. This program is built upon the ideal of understanding communications. An objective of this program is to prepare students for entry-level positions related to Medical Coding and Insurance Billing. These competencies include skills needed to analyzing health records and assign the appropriate code to each diagnosis and procedure. These codes are according to national and international guidelines. Medical Coding and Insurance Billing professionals are required to research and must have knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and disease processes in order to determine the correct codes and sequences. This program aims to equip its students with skills such as: the practical application of codes, auditing of records, and computerized medical and insurance building software. Students will also have the chance to practice accurate interpretation of medical records, as well as how to document and code information correctly and how to submit it to insurance companies.

This program requires students to take and complete 34 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Coding and Insurance Billing. Students must complete 11 courses and one Capstone Project in order to graduate. The courses are worth three credit hours. The required courses include: Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace and Foundations of Human Biology. Students must complete a Capstone Project in order to convey the skills and knowledge they have acquired in this program. If the student follows the suggested plan of study, which requires them to take 18 credit hours the first semester and 16 the next, they can complete this program in as little as two semesters.

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