The Southwestern Illinois College Medical Billing and Coding certificate program prepares graduates to submit claims to insurance companies or Medicare in order to receive payment for services provided to a patient by a medical doctor or other licensed health care provider.
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
Medical Billing & Coding Certificate (021D) Course Sequence
This is a 44-credit-hour certificate program, which can be completed in four semesters.
The Medical Billing and Coding certificate allows students outside of the Medical Assistant program to gain recognition for completing the core courses of billing and coding. The curriculum is a component of the Medical Assistant and the Health Information Technology progrms which includes medical terminology, medical office procedures, medical insurance and coding, clinical coding, business law, accounting and assigned clinical experiences.
Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Refer to the college catalog for specific course information.
General Education Courses
General education courses can be completed prior to admission. These courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses. If general education courses are not completed prior to admission, they must be completed during the semesters indicated above.
Medical Billing and Coding Courses
Billing and Coding classes begin each fall at the Belleville Campus. These courses are only offered during the day. Click the link above to view the course list.
Clinical Education Experiences
Students have a chance to put their classroom knowledge to work during two externships in area medical facilities:
- MA 192: Administrative Externship for 100 hours during the third semester of the program
- MA 243: Clinical Coding Practicum for 120 hours during the final semester of the program
Clinical experience courses are completed off campus in various settings. Students may be required to travel outside of the college district for clinical experience and must have background checks and drug testing prior to starting the clinical experience.