Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Billing & Coding

Combining convenient online instruction and practical experience, this certificate prepares students for a career performing medical billing, coding, and administrative proceduresInstruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals and specialty courses to prepare students for entry-level positions as billing and coding specialists.

Medical Billing & Coding Certificate

This certificate program is 68 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Part-time study is also available. The endpoint of the certificate program will be *a practicum and exam review course where all learned skills will be put to practice online in preparation for professional billing and coding positions.

Program Location

The program is offered in fall, winter, and spring. *This program is offered in an online format.

Application and Acceptance Period

YVC offers one opportunity for application and acceptance to the program. A program application is required by December 1st for the program, with up to 20 students accepted annually.

Program Curriculum

Medical Billing & Coding Program Courses for Certificate

This certificate is 68 credits in length.

Core Courses

  • AH 105: Introduction to Pharmacology 3 Cr
  • AH 108: Communication and Cultural Concepts in Health Care 3 Cr
  • AH 110: Human Body in Health & Disease I 5 Cr
  • AH 119: Medical Terminology 5 Cr
  • AH 120: Human Body in Health & Disease II 5 Cr
  • AH 140: Medical Law and Ethics 2 Cr
  • AH 155: First Aid/CPR/Blood-Borne Pathogen Training 2 Cr
  • AHBC 101: Introduction to Medical Coding 3 Cr
  • AHBC 102: Introduction to Medical Billing 2 Cr
  • BA 115: Business Math 5 Cr
  • PTECH 120: Technical Writing 5 Cr

Program-Specific Courses

  • AHBC 121: Health Care Reimbursement Issues I 3 Cr
  • AHBC 122: Health Care Reimbursement Issues II 3 Cr
  • AHBC 132: CPT/HCPCS Coding 4 Cr
  • AHBC 133: ICD-10-CM Coding 3 Cr

Administrative Procedures Courses

  • AHMA 125: Administrative Procedures 5 Cr

Practicum Courses

  • AHBC 201: Coding Professional Practice 5 Cr
  • AHBC 203: CPC Examination Review 5 Cr

Total 68 Credits

Link to the current catalog

Program Information

A healthcare professional working in billing and coding must be able to multi-task, use critical thinking skills, communicate effectively, and be a self-regulator of their time and tasks. They must possess personal integrity and be detail oriented and organized in order to do their job well and effectively contribute to quality patient care. The nature of the career evolves sitting at a computer for long periods of time.

Healthcare 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.

For up-to-date information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook .

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for medical record and health information specialists is $21.75 an hour. The job outlook is on the rise with a 9% increase projected from 2020-30.

Selective Admissions Process

A separate program application is required, with 20 students accepted annually each winter quarter (December 1st). The first 30 credits of this certificate are from core healthcare classes that are offered every quarter and do not require a program application. Program courses in specialty coding are offered in the winter and spring quarters with a program application due by December 1st.

Applying to Yakima Valley College

Apply online for admission to YVC Admissions and your application fee of $30. You can pay via the phone during office hours: 509.574.4660 during the closure or in person at the Cashiers Office in the Deccio Building #8. (Only available during normal campus operations.)

Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Complete FAFSA forms online at Financial Aid

Placement Exam

Take a Placement Exam if needed. You may also receive Placement through transfer courses or other means.

Complete YVC New Student Orientation

New students must complete the New Student Orientation on campus before registering for classes.

Contact Allied Health

Email: alliedhealth@yvcc.edu  or Phone: 509.574.4913

Learn more about Allied Health Programs

YVC offers a unique approach to obtaining a variety of health professional certificates or degrees.

  • Our shorter-term certificate offerings range from 5 to 69 credits in length.
  • Our Associate of Applied Science Degree, we offer several options which range from 90 to 106 credits in length.

Our Allied Health Technology programs provide career and enrichment coursework and clinical experiences in order to build the knowledge, skills, and competencies for providing care for people of all ages in a variety of medical professions. Each program has different admission criteria, coursework, and degree options, ranging from introductory classes and certificates to associate of applied science degrees focused on a specific area of study. The majority of courses are offered in an online format. Clinical laboratory practice and clinical externship are required in some program courses.

West Campus Allied Health Building

YVC’s recently opened West Campus features expanded classrooms and labs for five of the college’s Allied Health programs: Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology. The new facility is designed to prepare students to excel as healthcare professionals by providing spaces that mimic real-life healthcare settings. Learn more about West Campus and the Allied Health Building.

Contact Allied Health

Email: alliedhealth@yvcc.edu  or Phone: 509.574.4913