Medical Billing and Coding Diploma


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Program Description

Medical Billing and Coding Diploma

Provide Specialized Patient Care After the Medical Procedure

If the business side of the healthcare field holds an interest for you, a diploma in medical billing and coding may be for you. Medical coding specialists and medical front office staff play a vital role in the healthcare industry. The duties performed include medical insurance billing and coding, completing and submitting medical insurance forms, creating and maintaining medical charts, preparing reports and correspondence, scheduling appointments, and greeting patients.

This diploma program¹ is designed to provide you with the skills to work as either a medical biller or a medical coder, or you may choose to incorporate both career paths as some employers prefer having one person capable of performing both functions.

In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing an associate’s degree in Medical Assisting, this diploma program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for entry-level employment as a health claims examiner, claims processor, dental biller or insurance biller.

Your Learning Experience

As a student in this program, you will learn how to use databases, industry software and various reference materials as you train for the critical responsibility of quickly and accurately recording and reporting patient information. Students will participate in a 60-hour externship included in the last course in the program. Upon successful completion of this program and the receipt of your diploma, you will be familiar with:

  • Computer billing applications and administration procedures.
  • Computer medical coding (CPT and ICD-10-CM) and terminology.
  • How to retrieve information from medical documents.
  • How to accurately code medical conditions and services.
  • How to process health insurance claims, including paperwork and legal issues.

As a graduate of American National University’s medical billing and coding program, you will be eligible to sit for a number of certifications administered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Association of Medical Billers (AAMB) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

American National University promotes a progressive learning format, so as you earn your diploma in this field, you can immediately use your training to advance your career as you continue your education in high demand fields at the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels– areas such as medical assisting, EMT – paramedic and healthcare management.

¹While widely available, not all courses are available at all class times or offered every term. Check with a University Student Services representative.

Why American National University?

  • Convenience and flexibility – With day and evening classes¹ you have the flexibility to work as you earn your degree.
  • Personal attention – You’re not just a face in a crowd, our small class sizes allow for personal attention from instructors.
  • Career professionals as instructors – With current and relevant curricula, you will learn from instructors with real-world field experience who will guide and mentor you.
  • Career services – Our career services team starts to help you before you graduate with your resume, cover letters, interviewing techniques and how to search for great career opportunities.
  • Alumni benefits – Our support doesn’t end at graduation, as an alumnus you will have access to our career services and refresher² courses available throughout your career.

¹While widely available, not all courses are available at all class times or offered every term. Check with a University Student Services representative.

²Refresher training is tuition-free for qualified students. Additional costs such as lab fees, books, and supplies are the responsibilities of the student. Retraining is limited to the program from which the student graduated and is subject to space available.

Last updated March 2019

About the School

In 1886, a group of visionary educators and business leaders saw the need for a higher education institution focused on career-based training to meet workforce needs in the southeastern United States.... Read More

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