Medical Billing / Coding Specialist


The Prairie State College Medical Billing/Coding Specialist healthcare vocational certificate courses prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings. Settings include: hospitals, physician offices, outpatient care centers, and home-based organizations.

Upon successful completion of the Medical Billing/Coding Specialist healthcare vocational certificate course, students may be eligible to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC ) national exam.

Medical billing/coding specialists review patient records, calculate charges for procedures and services, and prepare itemized statements for third-party payment. The healthcare vocational certificate courses prepares students with the skills to transform verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations. The job requires excellent organizational skill and attention to detail.

Medical Billing/Coding Specialist

  • Medical Terminology - GSMED 017
  • Pathophysiology (prerequisite: Medical Terminology) - GSMED 009
  • Introduction to CPT-4 Coding and ICD-10-CM Coding (prerequisite: Medical Terminology and Pathophysiology.) - GSMED 081

A prerequisite of a High School diploma or equivalency (HSE) credential before sitting for the AAPC exam.

The job outlook for individuals pursuing jobs as Medical Billing/Coding Specialists is good with job growth through 2022 anticipated to be 22 percent- much faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for health services workers is expected to increase as the population ages.

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) has helped many individuals obtain new job skills and training to make them more employable. If you meet the eligibility requirements and funding is available, WIOA may help pay for your tuition, books, and other fees associated with college courses. The Medical Billing/ Coding Specialist is approved for WIOA funding for eligible individuals. For more information on WIOA, call (708) 709-7975.