Medical Billing & Coding Community Education
The Community Education Department is pleased to continue the tradition established in 1998, to offer Medical Billing and Coding (MBC) education for new coders and those professionals returning to the field.
Knowledgeable medical billing and coding assistants are needed in virtually all aspects of the health care industry – wherever a physician’s patient orders are coded. This means you can choose employment opportunities in such settings as hospital medical records departments, physician offices, home infusion companies, pharmacies, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies and more.
Entry-level Billing and Coding Course
This 10-week, entry-level MBC course is intended for individuals interested in a career in an outpatient clinic, specialty clinic or insurance setting utilizing CPT, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS codes. This course does not specifically address coding for acute care hospitals.
As an offering of Community Education, there are no specific admissions requirements to participate in this program. However, there is significant content reading and a rapid pace during class sessions, which are held on campus in the evenings and include lecture, group discussion, homework and quizzes/exams to test your comprehension. In addition to tuition, this course requires participants to utilize three (3) textbooks which are available for purchase or rental from the Mercy College bookstore vendor.
Following successful completion of the course, students are equipped for the national exam of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Advanced Medical Billing and Coding Course
With the transition to ICD-10 in 2015, coders returning to the field will need to use more than 155,000 codes in ICD-10. This dramatic increase is due to the increasing need to understand anatomy, and the locations of most arteries, veins, bones, muscles, sinuses, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and lymphatic vessels.
The two-week course will require the purchase of two textbooks.
Length of Program
MBC Certificate courses are scheduled for evening classes twice-a-week.
Entry-level MBC Course Objectives
Advanced MBC Course Objectives
Expected Level of Income for Entry-level Coders
In Des Moines, Iowa, the pay rate for a medical billing/coding assistant is $12 to $13 per hour ($24,960 to $27,040 annually).
Entry-level MBC Course Offerings (10-week Course; Tue/Thu evenings 6-9 p.m.):
Spring 2016: January 12-March 17, 2016 (Course will provide instruction in ICD-10)
Course Fee: $950.00
Advanced MBC Course (2-week Course; Tue/Thu evenings 6-9 p.m.):
Spring 2016 - April 5-14, 2016
Course Fee: $500.00