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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. Knowledgeable medical billing and coding assistants are needed in virtually all aspects of the healthcare 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.

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 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).

Coming in spring 2015, the Community Education Department will launch a new advanced course for experienced coders preparing for the transition to ICD-10, just in time for the new federal mandate of October 1, 2015. Details on this new program will be available in late fall 2014.

Length of Program

This entry-level MBC Certificate course is schedule for evening classes twice-a-week for 10 weeks. The MBC course is offered twice a year in the fall and spring semesters.

Course Objectives

  1. Comprehend general anatomy with medical terminology overview.
  2. Understand an introduction to health insurance companies and claim filing requirements.
  3. Apply CPT, ICD-9-CM and HCPCS coding.
  4. Examine and implement proper methods for filling out insurance forms, especially CMS 1500 form.
  5. Explore employment opportunities as a medical biller and coder.

Expected Level of Income

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).

Quick Info



Patricia Sommerfeld, BA, CPC
Medical Billing & Coding Instructor

Application Process:
Priority registration is requested 30 days before the first class session. Others will be accommodated on a space-available basis. The Community Education Department reserves the right to postpone this course due to low enrollment. This decision will be made 15 days before the scheduled start date.



To apply contact:
Amber Urias
Community Education Secretary
aurias@mercydesmoines.org

2014-15 Course Offerings:
Fall 2014: September 2-November 6, 2014
Spring 2015: January 6-March 12, 2015

Course Fee: $950.00
Full payment is due 15 days prior to the start of the first class.