Medical Billing and Coding | Southwestern Illinois College

Applications for Fall 2021 are accepted Sept. 1, 2020 through Feb. 1, 2021.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Medical Billing & Coding program prior to enrolling in any Medical Billing & Coding program courses.

Requirements to apply:

– Online application is available in your eSTORM Student Center
Online Application Procedures
1. Log in to eSTORM
2. Go to your Student Center
3. Scroll down to Health Sciences
4. Select “program” under Program Application
5. Complete the application and submit

Download the MB&C Planning Guide for Application Requirements

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus Capacity

The Billing and Coding and HIT program collectively accepts approximately 24 applicants at the Belleville Campus each fall semester.

Program Location

The Medical Billing and Coding 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 only offered at the Belleville Campus during the day.

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.

Program Cost

Medical Billing and Coding Degree

For details, see the Medical Billing and Coding cost sheet.

Time Commitment

Full-Time Students

The Medical Billing and Coding program is only offered during the day. Students should check the location and schedule of classes. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and attendance at any of the classes and clinicals assigned by the program.

Certification Requirements

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.

Certification Benefits

Certified Professional Coders make approximately 5 to 10 percent more than non-certified coders.

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