Aug 05, 2021  
2020-2021 Addendum Catalog 
2020-2021 Addendum Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate, Planning Guide

Program Overview

The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate program prepares students for billing/coding careers in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, or insurance companies. Medical coding specialists learn the translation of written documentation of disease, injuries, and/or medical procedures into alphanumeric classifications. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures. In addition to coding, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process to conform to individual insurance requirements, electronic billing procedures, and responsibilities associated with electronic data management. This certificate requires four to five quarters of full-time attendance to complete the program of study, and has 18-20 credits of prerequisite course requirements prior to fall entry.

Sample Career Options Include:

Billing, Cost & Rate Clerks

Medical Records & Health Information Technicians

Medical Secretaries


If you are interested in working in the field of Medical Billing and Coding, our Workforce Planning Guide is designed to provide you with recommended courses to complete your Medical Billing and Coding,  certificate. Of course, educational plans may vary, based on which quarter you begin, how many credits are taken, and placement into Math and English. To keep you on the best pathway, we encourage you to consult with an Academic Advisor for scheduling options.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of our Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a suggested quarterly sequence of courses so you could earn your degree within two years of full-time study. Your Program Map is also designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, which is required of all SVC students. To start creating your Educational Plan, please consult with an Academic Advisor.

Program Map - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate