Medical Billing and Coding | Southwestern Illinois College

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

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus Capacity

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

Program Location

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.

Program Cost

Medical Billing and Coding Degree

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

Time Commitment

Full-Time Students

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.

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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