Medical Billing and Coding Diploma
Penn Foster

Program Details

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.

Graduates of the program will now be eligible to receive a complete Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam prep package (that they request), including an interactive study guide and practice test. This is in addition to the certification exam voucher they already receive.

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School Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster is accredited by:

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.

Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Application Requirements

Official High School Transcript/GED Score