​​Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Getting Started

After Writing, Reading, Math and prerequisite requirements have been completed students are eligible to begin the Allied Health Core courses. 

Step 1:  Register for the following courses by meeting with an advisor. These courses may be taken together in one quarter, or may be taken on a part time basis depending on the student's individual schedule.  If you are completing these courses on a part-time basis, it is desirable to complete them in the order listed.

PTECH 120   Technical Writing5 credits
BA 115Business Math                                                  5 credits
AH 119           Medical Terminology5 credits
AH 110           Human Body in Health and Disease I5 credits
AH 105           Introduction to Pharmacology3 credits
AH 108           Communication and Legal Concepts in Health Care 5 credits
AH 120           Human Body in Health and Disease II5 credits
​AH 140​Medical Law and ethics​2 credits
AH 155           First Aid/CPR/Blood Borne Pathogens           2 credits
AHBC 101     Introduction to Coding3 credits
AHBC 102     Introduction to Billing2 credits

Step 2:  Students must meet with their program advisor while completing the above courses in order to receive an application packet for their specific program. Students are responsible to read application packet materials in a timely fashion in order to complete requirements and meet application deadlines. No incomplete applications will be accepted.

Step 3:  After the completion of the quarter, transcripts for students applying for programs will be run. Applications will be evaluated and acceptances given based on the point system provided in the application packet. Students will be notified of acceptance status by mail.

  1. If the student has been accepted into his or her desired program, an acceptance packet will be provided.  The material in the packet must be returned by the specified deadline or the acceptance will be given to an alternate candidate. Students will then be scheduled to meet with a faculty advisor to discuss their remaining coursework for the program into which they have been accepted.

Please Note: Some programs may at times require full time coursework, including daytime hours.

  1. If the student has not been accepted into his or her desired program, the student may elect to continue to take elective classes and resubmit a program application the following application deadline. 

Step 4:  Students who are accepted after a second application follow step 3 to obtain a schedule for the remainder of their program. As students will not be allowed to register for program specific courses prior to acceptance, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor to discuss options.

​Program Overview

Combining convenient on-line instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised practice, the YVCC Medical Billing and Coding Program prepares students for a career as a Billing and Coding Specialist. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in medical billing and coding.  Simulation of a front office reception/ business area in the Allied Health Laboratory allow for realistic practice.  Supervised practice in local physician's offices, hospitals, and clinics provide actual experiences to prepare students for entry level positions as a Billing and Coding Specialist.

The Billing and Coding Certificate Program, totaling 69 credits, may be completed on a full-time basis during five quarters of study, with part-time options for study also available.  The end-point of the certificate program will be supervised practice in a community facility.  The 106 credit Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Coding will add coding content particular to the hospital setting, as well as education to prepare a student for the supervisory role.​

Career Overview

Health care in America has undergone tremendous change in recent years, especially with regard to reimbursement for medical services. Currently, reimbursement for health care services is dependent on the assignment of codes to describe diagnoses, services, and procedures.  Medical coding specialists learn the translation of written documentation of disease, injuries, and/or procedures into alphanumeric classifications.  In addition to the application of codes, professional reimbursement specialists must learn the medical billing process, which includes the application of the above codes to conform to individual insurance requirements and electronic application of billing procedures.

Working Environment

Medical Billing and Coding Specialists work in well-lighted, clean environments.  There is constant interaction with people, either in person or by telephone.  Medical Billing and Coding Specialists most often work a regular 40-hour week, although part-time, evening, or weekend work may be available.

Personal Characteristics

The profession of Medical Billing and Coding requires the ability to multi-task and use critical thinking skills.  Prospective students should possess personal integrity, have the ability to pay close attention to detail, and be conscientious. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also critical.  A patient nature is required to effectively coordinate between health care providers, patients, and reimbursement agencies. Physical requirements include the ability to sit for long periods of time. The nature of the career requires adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity.  Additionally, students must be willing to continue their education throughout their career to keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Employment Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics​ includes billing and coding specialists in its classification of "health information technicians."  Of significance is the projected growth of this career; it is considered "one of the 21 fastest growing occupations". Employment opportunities may be available in hospitals, physician's offices and clinics, nursing homes, and home health agencies.

For more information about Medical Billing and Coding Program at Yakima Valley Community College, please contact:  ​Allied Health Program Assistant 509.574.4913

Medical Billing and Coding ​

IT 105Computer Literacy3
BT 101Introduction to Keyboarding5
Core Courses Course Credits
AH 105Introduction to Pharmacology3
AH 108Communications and Legal Concepts in Health Care3
AH 110Human Body in Health and Disease I5
AH 119Medical Terminology5
AH 120Human Body in Health and Disease II5
​AH 140​Medical Law and ethics​2
AH 155First Aid/CPR/HIV2
BA 115Business Math5
PTECH 120Professional Technical Writing5
AHBC 101Intro to Medical Coding3
AHBC 102Intro to Medical Billing2
Total 40
Program Specific Courses  
AHBC 121Health Care Reimbursement Issues I3
AHBC 122Health Care Reimbursement Issues II3​
AHBC 133ICD-10-CM Coding3
Administrative Procedures  
AHMA 125 Administrative procedures ​
Schedule and manage appointments
Medical records​
Accounting​ principles
Business equipment/facility management

AHBC 201Coding Professional Practice5
AHBC 203CPC Examination review5

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