Course Sequence

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 Degree

Medical Billing & Coding Associate in Applied Science Degree (0032)

This is a 69-credit-hour program, which can be completed in two years.

The Medical Billing and Coding program 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 programs 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.

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 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.