Students have the opportunity to earn a Diploma in Medical Billing and Coding through Penn Foster College, beginning with the course Introduction to Allied Health. Students cover typical office duties such as telephone call management, travel planning, and task management. The students study litigation and its alternatives, as well as criminal law relating to the health profession. Students are expected to display proficient Word and Excel competency, as they will be working with applications dealing with word processing and spreadsheets. In Business English, students practice writing professional letters, memos, and forms, being careful to use proper grammar and sentence and paragraph cohesion.
Students study the body systems and learn correct terminology of the systems. In Basic Pharmacology, students receive training in learning the drug’s generic and trade names, as well as side effects and uses. Students are taught basic medical coding, including exploring ICD-9-CM and CPT manuals, and an introduction to the transition of ICD-1- coding. Students are training in cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, laboratory work, inpatient coding, and pathology. Students utilize the application of the CPT and ICD-9-CM classification systems to code procedures and diagnoses.
Finally, students take a course in Electronic Medical Records, providing an overview on how to manage electronic medical records (EMRs). Throughout the program, students should learn EMR terminology, procedures, concepts and regulations, receiving hands-on training with an EMR.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score