Earn a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate from a 100% online university
Ready yourself for a potential career path in medical office administration and medical billing and coding in 9 or 12 months with a Medical Billing or Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. After completing the 9 month Medical Billing Certificate, students will be trained for basic coding and financial cycle processes as well as increased knowledge of coding competencies used in medical offices and hospitals.
The 12 month Medical Billing and Coding Certificate provides a deep background in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to prepare students to become successful medical coders. A virtual Professional Practice Experience must also be completed in order to complete the certificate program. This program also includes a student’s 1st attempt at either the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam* by AHIMA or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certificate exam by AAPC*.
Both certificate options are aligned with the most current legal and ethical standards as well as the latest U.S. billing, reimbursement, and coding standards from the International Classification of Diseases.
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program Overview
After the completion of our certificate program, you will be met with a surplus knowledge and ability in the medical office administration.
Within the 9 month certificate students will complete 27 credit hours and 36 credit hours for the 12 month certificate. At a maximum, students may transfer in 9 semester hours from other programs. This program expands knowledge and skill sets to allow students to have the ability to work in the outpatient and inpatient medical settings. Additionally, students who complete the 12 month certificate program will be qualified to sit for an industry standard exam, with one exam sitting covered under the degree program*.
Courses will be structured as follows: over the length of four weeks, each course will have four modules, and each module has weekly units that must be completed. Modules are made up of quizzes, assignments and discussion posts.
See the Trident Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.
*Trident cannot guarantee that graduates of this program will be eligible to take third party certification examinations. Certification requirements for taking and passing these exams are controlled by outside entities and are subject to change without notice to Trident.
Each certificate course builds on the next so students are not overwhelmed by all of the different coding regulations at one time. Program courses use curriculum and knowledge from previous courses to build deeper knowledge and expanded understanding. Students must complete all certificate courses in sequence.
Aside from achieving academic excellence, Trident offers the ability to complete all classes remotely from any location. This allows for active duty military student accessibility. Trident also offers diverse faculty which represent expertise in many different medical billing and coding positions who are all geared to support student success and achievement. After completing either the Medical Billing Certificate or the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate at Trident , the student will be prepared with the knowledge and skill to become successful in this rapidly growing industry.
|Certificate Courses||9 month||12 month|
|CMB 151 Anatomy & Physiology I / Medical Terminology I||
|CMB 152 Anatomy & Physiology II / Medical Terminology II||
|CMB 160 Electronic Health Records||
|CMB 170 Coding I||
|CMB 155 Pathophysiology / Pharmacology||
|CMB 175 Coding II||
|CMB 180 Codding III||
|CMB 185 Advanced Coding Concepts||
|CMB 190 Reimbursement||
|CMB 200 Billing Regulations and Ethics||
|CMB 205 Appeals and Collection||
|CMB 210 Professional Practicum Experience||
- A diploma from an accredited or state approved high school, or its equivalent.
- Pre-admission Assessment
- Proof of English proficiency
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all transferable coursework, if applicable.
|Professional Certificate Programs||Minimum Residency Semester Hours||Maximum Transferable Semester Hours||Semester Hour Minimum required for completion of Certificate/Diploma|
|Medical Billing Certificate||18||9||27|
|Medical Billing and Coding Certificate||27||9||36|
- Medical Biller
- Medical Collections Professional
- Medical Records Clerk
- Specific Insurance Billing Liaison
- Insurance Claim Specialist
- Coding Specialist
- Inpatient and Outpatient setting
To learn more about each career path view the AHIMA Career Map for Coding and Revenue Cycle
|program||length||per course standard rate||program standard rate||per course military rate||program military rate|
|Business Analytics Certificate||5 months||$1,900||$9,500||N/A||N/A|
|Computerized Accounting Certificate||6 months||$1,450||$8,700||$975||$5,850|
|Medical Billing Certificate / Computerized Accounting Diploma||9 months||$1,311||$11,800||$975||$8,775|
|Medical Billing and Coding Certificate||12 months||$1,158||$13,900||$975||$11,700|
Note: The 12 month Medical Billing and Coding program tuition includes a student’s first attempt at either the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam by AHIMA or the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certificate exam by AAPC.
- Books and Supplies: $0
- Bounced Check Fee: $30
- Course Materials: $0
- Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
- Doctoral Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
- Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
- Graduation Fee: $150
- Lab Fee: $25-69 (for students enrolled in courses with a lab portion)
- Official Transcript: $10 (rush fee $35)
- Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
- Payment Plan Set-up: $30 (non-refundable)
- Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
- Technology Fee: $0
- Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.
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