Medical Billing & Coding

Career Diploma

Program Outline

Here's how it works:Your program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll employ in your new career in Medical Billing and Coding. As soon as your enrollment has been accepted, you will gain access to your student learning portal and you can begin your program right away.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 7 or later, Microsoft® Office 2019 or Microsoft 365®, and an email account to complete this program.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: To prepare students for an entry-level career as a medical coder.

Program Outcomes:

  • Apply CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding guidelines to identify diagnoses, procedures, and patient medical records
  • Identify the procedures for patient record retrieval and reimbursement
  • Explain the role of a medical coder as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices
  • Apply computer and information literacy skills using electronic health records software
  • Identify terms, facts, methods, procedures, concepts, theories, principles, and processes within medical billing and coding scenarios
  • Classify relationships among data and items within medical billing and coding scenarios
  • Recognize laws and theories, including issues relating to ethics and confidentiality
  • Calculate solutions to mathematical problems related to reimbursement and medical mathematics
  • Interpret information to make proper coding decisions
  • Review basic written and workplace communication skills

HIT100: Introduction to Allied Health (Delivered Online Only)
This course is designed to provide a discussion of strategies for completing the allied health programs as an independent learner. In addition, it gives an introduction to health care and the role that medical office assistants, medical coders, and medical transcriptionists play in that industry.

This course is designed to provide a discussion of strategies for completing the allied health programs as an independent learner. In addition, it gives an introduction to health care and the role that medical office assistants, medical coders, and medical transcriptionists play in that industry.

ALH 028: Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
The Law and Ethics section of this course covers how law affects medical offices; the origin of law that affects medical professionals; the process of litigation and its alternatives; contract law and the ways it affects health professionals; the duties created between health care professionals and patients once a doctor-patient relationship is established; criminal law and torts that are relevant to the health profession. The Confidentiality in Allied Health section examines the common-law basis for the confidentiality of health care information and the laws regulating health care information collected and maintained by government agencies. Also covered is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as how the management of medical information affects the management and measurement of quality in health care.

ALH029: Medical Billing and Health Insurance
Introductory course covering the reimbursement process and payment methodologies, like fee for-service and episode-of-care. This course covers payment systems, fee schedules, charge masters, coding, and the internal audit process, as well as the fundamentals and different types of health insurance

BUS090: Medical Office Procedures
This course covers the typical duties of the administrative assistant in any business office: task management, general business machines, telephone call management, business letter writing, electronic and print mail processing, travel and meeting planning, policy and procedures manuals, facility care and maintenance, as well as office math.

ALH016: Body Systems and Medical Terminology 1
Introduction to medical terminology; chemistry/ laboratory; pharmacology; cells, tissues, and membranes; integumentary system; musculoskeletal system; blood and cardiovascular system; respiratory system; digestive system.

ALH017: Body Systems and Medical Terminology 2
Sense organs; nervous system; endocrine system; urinary/excretory system; male and female reproductive systems; lymphatic system; oncology and radiation; surgery and pathology; genetics.

HIT 130: Electronic Medical Records
The Electronic Medical Records Management Certificate program provides a basic overview on how to successfully manage electronic medical records (EMRs) in different health care settings. Attendees will learn EMR concepts, terminology, regulations, and procedures, and receive hands-on training with an electronic medical record.

ALH021: Pathology and Pharmacology
An introduction to basic pharmacology, as well as the type of drugs by body systems. Includes the drug's generic and trade names, use, side effects and drug interactions.

HIT203: Basic Medical Coding
Your first course begins with an overview of coding concepts, terms, and procedures. You’ll explore the history of the ICD-10 coding system. You’ll code diagnoses in the ICD-10-CM and use the chapter-specific coding guidelines to code diseases and conditions with specific and unique rules. You’ll finish your course by learning how to code procedures in the ICD-10-PCS, rounding out your training in the basics of coding with ICD-10.

HIT 204: Intermediate Medical Coding
In this course, you’ll concentrate on the diagnoses or procedures that don’t seem to fit into any specific coding category. You’ll also learn about general coding guidelines for inpatient and outpatient procedures and physician office coding using ICD-10-CM, HCPCS Level I, and HCPCS Level II procedure coding.

HIT215: Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review
This course will prepare you to sit for a certification exam to become a professional coder. You'll review all of the domains that will be covered on the test, and you'll take practice coding exams to simulate the test-taking experience.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster College have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster College International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

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