Medical Coding Specialist
This program will prepare students to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) exam offered through AHIMA.
After you are certified, you'll be eligible for jobs as a Medical Coding Specialist, a career that is in high demand right now in South Carolina.
What is a Medical Coding Specialist?
All medical facilities, including doctor's offices, hospitals, and labs, need someone to manage insurance claims, invoices, and payments. As a medical billing and coding specialist, you will be a liaison between your employer and the insurance companies of your patients. This type of work is great for detail-oriented people who are very organized. Your work may include:
- Correctly coding medical services, procedures, diagnoses, and treatment
- Updating rejected claims
- Preparing and sending invoices
- Tracking payments
- Calling patients and insurance companies about outstanding bills
Billing and Coding, Defined
Billing refers to creating invoices, sending claims to insurance companies, and then billing patients for any leftover balance that the insurance did not cover. Coding means converting a doctor's diagnostic notes into a set of codes for record-tracking and billing purposes. These codes are industry-standard and may include:
Current Procedural Terminology
Used to identify procedures and examinations performed by a medical professional.
International Classification of Diseases
Used for medical diagnoses.
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
Used for medical devices and supplies or non-physician services.
About the Program
What will my courses be like?
You'll take classes on medical terminology, coding, and billing. Clinical and legal issues that you may encounter will be covered, and you'll have a chance to work through case studies to get a feel for issues that may come up in the field.
What happens after I complete the program?
Once you complete this certificate program, you will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS-P) exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The CCS-P certification is a natural progression for professionals experienced in coding inpatient and outpatient records.
Employment opportunities in SC include positions in any medical facility, including hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Why choose MTC?
We understand that most students are interested in completing their education quickly so that they can get into the workforce. Our streamlined programs offer speed without sacrificing quality. Here's why MTC is a great choice for most students:
- Campuses located throughout the Midlands, so there's always one near you
- Instructors who are experts in their field
- Competitive pricing and some financial aid available for training students
Students must successfully complete the Medical Terminology course with a minimum grade of “C” to enter this program.
How to Enroll
To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!
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Sample Program Plan and Costs
Class Delivery Methods
|On-Campus||Traditional. Classes meet on campus.|
|Virtual||100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.|
|Hybrid||Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.|
|Online||100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.|
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Students will learn medical terminology by analyzing the prefix, suffix, word roots, and combinations used in medical terms. This course is a prerequisite for other courses and medical certificate programs. This course may be used for exemption of AHS 102 PLEASE NOTE: If you are registered for the ONLINE version of this class, the first day of the ONLINE class will meet IN-PERSON. This meeting is mandatory, so that the student can be a part of the online course orientation and receive course materials. If you have any additional questions or if you are unable to attend the in person meeting, please contact us at 803-732-0432.
This course combines ICD-10 CM, CPT, and HCPCS coding which are essential coding methods used by those working in medical records, patient billing, insurance, and admissions. Using case studies, instruction is provided in ICD-10 CM, which is the principles and guideline for assigning codes to diagnostic conditions which correlates with disease and diagnosis. CPT is a method that is used to bill for procedures and services performed by physicians. HCPCS which represents other procedures that might be provided in a medical setting.
This class teaches the student how to be proficient in billing in a healthcare setting and how to enhance reimbursement. Clinical and legal issues are included. Prerequisite: Medical Terminology with a grade of C or better.
Not including fees and equipment
Medical Records and Health Information Technician
The Medical Records/Health Information Technician compiles, processes, and maintains medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system.
Projected Job Growth
Average Annual Salary
Where Can I Work?
- Medical Clinics
- Private Practices