Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Billing and Coding at a Glance
- Average annual salary: $55,676
- Level of patient contact: Low
- Length of program: Two-year, Associated in Applied Science degree
- Program location: Online
- Program start time: Fall semester
Belleville Campus Capacity
The Billing and Coding and HIT program collectively accepts approximately 24 students at the Belleville Campus each fall semester.
The program consists of general education courses, MA pre-fix courses, HIT pre-fix courses, and assigned clinical education experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.
General Education Courses
These courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses or online.
Medical Billing and Coding Courses
These courses are offered online. HIT 260 requires students to complete some class hours in the classroom at the Belleville campus.
Clinical Education Experiences
Students are assigned two clinical experience/practicums after the first year of the program. Clinical experiences are completed at hospital/clinical facilities throughout the district and in the St. Louis region. Students may be required to travel outside the college district for clinical experience courses. Background check and drug testing may be required prior to clinical experiences. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.
Medical Billing and Coding Degree
For details, see the Medical Billing and Coding cost sheet.
The program is offered online. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and attendance at any of the classes and clinicals assigned by the program.
Certified Professional Coder Exam
After successfully completing 69 credit hours, students will earn a Medical Billing and Coding degree and will be eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders. Although certification is not required to practice Billing and Coding, it is strongly advised as many employers require it.
Certified Professional Coders make approximately 5 to 10 percent more than non-certified coders.
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