Medical Billing and Coding Program

ALTIERUS CAREER COLLEGE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS OR ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS. CLASSES WILL CONTINUE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS, AND THE CAMPUS WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT RESOURCES AND CAREER SERVICES THROUGH GRADUATION AND FOR A PERIOD OF TIME THEREAFTER. FORMER STUDENTS MAY REQUEST TRANSCRIPTS ABOVE AND REACH OUT TO THEIR CAMPUS FOR ONGOING CAREER ASSISTANCE.

The ECMC Group Board of Directors, representing the parent organization of Altierus Career College, has made the decision to teach out the three remaining Altierus Career College (ACC) campuses. A teach out means that we will provide the education and support services for our current students and gradually wind down the school’s operations. New students will no longer be accepted. We will continue to provide career services for a period beyond the teach-out to ensure that the program is as successful as possible for students. Altierus Career College will engage in an orderly closure, with campuses remaining open until all current students that are following their academic plans graduate or an acceptable completion plan is identified for remaining degree students

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On campus 1 day per week

To help balance life and school, you’ll take most of your courses at home through virtual instruction and come to campus for labs once a week.

8 Months
Diploma

Certification Preparation

Career Summary

As a medical billing and coding specialist, you’ll keep the business aspects of a healthcare facility running smoothly. Your ability to properly bill and code medical procedures will help healthcare facilities positively serve their patients. Check out these frequently asked questions about medical billing and coding careers.

2020 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*

$44,090

Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $28,800 or less

2020-30 projected growth*

28,600

New Jobs

+9% Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited September 8, 2021).

Program Highlights

After completing the medical billing and coding program at Altierus, you’ll be able to proficiently identify components and use correct medical terminology of body systems, utilize proper ICD-10-CM/CPT/HCPCS coding, and determine proper application of health insurance forms and documents.

You’ll receive preparation and testing for the Certified Professional Coder certification (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

  • 8-month diploma program
  • 1 day per week on campus + online coursework
  • 48 credits
  • 280 lecture hours + 280 lab hours
  • 200-hour externship or practicum

You’ll get the chance to see what it’s like to work in real healthcare settings as you practice medical billing and coding scenarios. This program includes 200 hours of practicum experience so you can feel what it’s like to work in actual hospitals and clinics when we connect you with one of our healthcare partner facilities.

Course software includes:

  • MOSS (Medical Office Simulation System)

Paying for school shouldn’t be an obstacle to achieving your career goals. At Altierus, you’ll have access to a range of financial aid options from Federal loans and grants to other unique programs of our own. For example, the Altierus Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by ECMC Education — who demonstrate financial need.

All-inclusive tuition—before qualifying financial aid—for the Medical Billing and Coding program is $14,976, which includes a laptop you can keep, professional gear, eBooks, certification fees, and more. The vast majority of our students qualify for financial aid, which can significantly defray tuition. Qualification depends on each individual’s unique circumstances.

Our financial aid specialists can help you navigate the entire financial aid process and help with the following information:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on scholarships and grants
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment
  • Information on your loan servicer

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Give us a call to see what your financial aid options are and we can help you get started (888) 223-8556.


Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

This program features a blend of online and on-campus learning. This is to help make going to school work with your busy schedule. Typically, you will spend 1 day on campus per week, where you can practice hands-on skills and ask your instructor questions. Complete the rest of your coursework online at home, at your own pace, and on your own time.

All-Inclusive Tuition Has You Covered

As a medical billing and coding student, you’ll receive a laptop (which is yours to keep after graduating) to help you with your online coursework as well as prepare you to work in a modern office. All-inclusive tuition also covers your books, Altierus branded backpack and school scrubs, as well as test preparation and fees for your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exam.

Professional Skills Development

Your coursework integrates professional skills development into this program so you’ll have the soft skills employers look for. Gain proficiency in communication, interpersonal skills, self-management, emotional intelligence, and career-building competencies. You’ll also prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification, the industry standard for medical billing and coding in healthcare settings.

What You'll Learn

  • Current procedural coding
  • Diagnostic coding
  • Medical terminology
  • Professional/office skills
  • Anatomy and physiology fundamentals
  • Claims processing/collection strategies

Sample Courses

  • Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
  • Genitourinary System
  • Integumentary and Endocrine Systems, and Pathology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems
  • Sensory and Nervous Systems, and Psychology

Throughout this module, you will identify the components of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems. Focus will also be placed on the correct usage of medical terminology related to these systems.

Throughout this module, you will identify the components of the genitourinary system. You’ll also utilize the proper ICD-10-CM/CPT/HCPCS coding, work through the insurance process, and become proficient using medical office technology in this module.

Throughout this module, you will identify the components of the integumentary and endocrine systems. Focus will also be placed on the correct usage of medical terminology related to these systems.

Throughout this module, you will identify the components of the musculoskeletal system. You’ll also utilize the proper ICD-10-CM/CPT/HCPCS coding, work through the insurance process, and become proficient using medical office technology in this module.

Throughout this module, you will identify the components of the Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems. Focus will also be placed on the correct usage of medical terminology related to these systems.

Throughout this module, you will identify the components of the Sensory and Nervous Systems, and Psychology. You will also utilize the proper ICD-10-CM/CPT/HCPCS coding, work through the insurance process, and become proficient using medical office technology in this module.

An Altierus Student and Instructor Smile During Medical Billing and Coding Class

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FL - Tampa

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GA - Atlanta

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TX - Houston

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