Make Health Care Billing More Efficient with a Medical Billing and Coding Degree
Ensure accuracy in medical reports and improve the patient billing experience with a Medical Billing and Coding degree from IBMC College. This diploma program offered at our Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont campuses in Colorado provides in-depth training in medical coding and medical insurance billing practices, requirements, and regulations. Upon graduation of this program, students are nationally-recognized Certified Medical Billing Specialists (CMBS) and members of the Medical Association of Billers (MAB).
Students in our Medical Billing and Coding diploma program receive training in classroom and lab settings, as well as real-world work experience in a required externship. The 90-credit hours required in this program include comprehensive instruction in relevant medical topics, computer skills, billing and coding, business, and accounting. Our theory classes are capped at 30 students and lab classes at just 16 students to allow ample one-on-one training with the instructors. Classes are offered both during the day and at night to accommodate working professionals.
As a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, you can create new efficiencies and improve the patient experience in the healthcare industry. Our program graduates are fully prepared to start Medical Billing and Coding careers translating healthcare reports into universally recognized shortcodes for diagnoses and procedures and providing proper reimbursement for health services in environments like hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies. With Medical Billing and Coding jobs expected to grow 15% through 2030, there is no better time to start your career in this field.
What to Expect as a Medical Billing and Coding Student
As a Medical Billing and Coding diploma student at IBMC College in Colorado, you will receive quality instruction from faculty with extensive industry experience. The IBMC College mission is to provide you with the practical knowledge and career training you need to excel in your career field. The Medical Billing and Coding degree program is offered at our Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont campuses in Colorado.
Medical Billing and Coding students typically complete the program in about 60 weeks (14 months). Classes incorporate both lectures and hands-on experience in a lab setting. Students in this program will complete courses in medical skills, medical billing and coding, business, accounting, computer skills, and general education. All of our Medical Billing and Coding students receive a strong foundation in CPT Procedural Coding and ICD Coding, and knowledge in medical insurance billing practices, requirements, and regulations affecting healthcare providers and the skills to ensure proper reimbursement for health services. At the end of the program, our students take the Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) exam for certification and join the Medical Association of Billers (MAB).
What is a Medical Billing and Coding degree?
The Medical Billing and Coding program is an undergraduate degree for students who are passionate about providing a quality patient experience in health care. This unique field of study brings medical care and technology together to help healthcare providers and insurance companies be more accurate and efficient with their paperwork and billing.
A Medical and Coding degree student will learn universally accepted shorthand code for procedures and records to ensure proper documentation and reimbursement for health care services. The Medical Billing and Coding program prepares students for a career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist in a variety of medical settings including hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies.
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How to Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Step 1: Apply and enroll in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program
Complete the application process and enroll in the program at the time and Colorado campus location that works best for you. The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program is offered in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont. Classes are offered both during the day and at night to accommodate all schedules.
Step 2: Attend your Medical Billing and Coding Courses
Participate in the Medical Billing and Coding program courses. Throughout the program, you will gain CPT Procedural Coding and ICD Coding experience, and a foundation of knowledge in medical insurance billing practices, requirements, and regulations affecting healthcare providers. You will also learn skills to ensure proper reimbursement for health services and complete an externship to get real-world application to material learned in the classroom.
Step 3: Pass the Certified Medical Billing Specialist Exam
After you complete your coursework, you will then take the Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS) exam. Getting certified and joining the Medical Association of Billers (MAB) will give you a competitive edge in the job market.
How Much Does the Medical Billing and Coding Degree Program Cost?
The Medical Billing and Coding degree program costs:
- $22,425 for tuition and fees
- $1,035 for books and supplies
- $325 for Medical Billing and Coding Certification Exam
- $10,232 for off-campus room and board (if applicable)
Please use our Net Price Calculator for an individual cost estimate based on your current financial information.
How Long Does the Medical Billing and Coding Degree Program Take to Complete?
The Medical Billing and Coding program requires 90 credits over a 60-week period, about 14 months. Included is 160 hours completed at an externship at a medical billing and coding office.
Where are Medical Billing and Coding Classes Offered in Colorado?
The Medical Billing and Coding classes are offered at our Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont campuses in Colorado.
When are Medical Billing and Coding Courses Offered?
Medical Billing and Coding courses are offered both during the day and at night to accommodate all schedules. Contact the Admissions team to get more details about course times at the Colorado campuses in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont.
Is the Medical Billing and Coding Degree Program Accredited?
Yes, this program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
What are the prerequisites to get into the Medical Billing and Coding Degree Program?
The Medical Billing and Coding degree program requires proof of high school completion or a GED. Students must also score at least a 15 on the Wonderlic exam. Once admitted to the program, Medical Billing and Coding students must pay the registration fee, sign the enrollment agreement, and attend orientation before starting classes.
How Will IBMC Prepare Me for a Medical Billing and Coding Career?
IBMC College has been providing career training and skills development to individuals to help them excel in their respective fields of study for over 28 years. The combination of lecture, hands-on training in modern labs, and real-world experience offered by IBMC College allows students to successfully kick start their Medical Billing and Coding careers. If you are looking for a school that will give you skills training to do a Medical Billing and Coding job more effectively, IBMC College is the right place for you.
Our small class sizes of 30 or less in the Medical Billing and Coding program allow you to get to know your instructors and classmates. Our expert instructors bring years of industry experience into the classroom ensuring you learn what you need to know to succeed in your Medical Billing and Coding career. Should life circumstances come up during your program, our instructors will work with you to ensure you stay on-track and complete the program.
The Medical Billing and Coding program is designed for working professionals. Our flexible course offerings in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Longmont make it easy for busy students to balance their work and school lives.
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Is Financial Aid Available for the Medical Billing and Coding Program?
Yes. 97% of students who attend our Medical Billing and Coding degree program receive financial aid to pay for part or all of the tuition. You can submit a free application for Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education to find out if you qualify. Contact the admissions team to learn more about your financial aid options.
Is Medical Billing and Coding a Good Career?
Yes! There has never been a better time to become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. Job growth is expected to increase significantly faster than average through 2024 due to the aging population and increased need for health care services.
Do I need to get Certified to Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist in Colorado?
While it is not required, certification will give you a competitive edge in the job market and qualify you for better pay in the field. According to the American Academy of Professional Coders, the average medical coder with a certification makes $12,632 more per year than a medical coder without a certification.
At IBMC College, you will take the CMBS certification exam at completion of the program making you more marketable to prospective employers.
What Medical Billing and Coding Jobs Can I Get?
Graduates of our Medical Billing and Coding program commonly find jobs in medical offices, professional billing companies, insurance companies, and hospitals. Common job titles include:
- Office Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Internal Physician Auditor
- Referral Specialist
- HIPAA/Compliance Officer
How Much Do Medical Billing and Coding Specialists Make?
The median salary for a Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist in Colorado is approximately $41,000 per year. Across all American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) membership (certified and non-certified) the average coder salary is $49,872 per year. The average medical coder with one certification earns approximately $52,588. In the Mountain region, which includes Colorado, the average medical coder makes $51,083.
What is the Job Outlook for Medical Coders and Billers?
The job market for medical coders and billers is very strong both in Colorado and nationwide. With the increase in the nation’s aging population, the need for skilled medical billers and coders will continue to rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Billing and Coding jobs are expected to increase by 15% or 29,000 jobs nationwide through 2024.
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