The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level medical billing and coding positions in ambulatory care treatment centers such as clinics, physician practices, managed care organizations, private billing services, and insurance companies.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Students must be willing to undergo a background check performed by the MCCCD approved vendor. (Students who are unsure of their background status may take a preliminary background check at their own expense before entering the program, results of which will not be sent to the college.)
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and cultural competency skills according to ambulatory care professional practice standards.
- Apply critical thinking skills to decision-making processes in accordance with ambulatory care standards and best practices.
- Apply legal and ethical concepts and principles applicable to ambulatory care setting regulations and guidelines.
- Use health information technologies commonly used in ambulatory care settings.
- Apply anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology concepts in the ambulatory care coding function.
- Apply clinical nomenclatures, vocabularies, classification systems, revenue cycle management processes, and coding compliance concepts according to ambulatory care standards.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
1. High school graduate or GED.
2. Formal application and admission to the program are required.
3. Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and professional practice in health care settings.
4. Applications can be obtained from the Program Director, Health Professions Advisor, Navigator, or college website.
5. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card and successful passage of background check.
The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
- The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.
Block 1 Block 1
Block 2 Block 2
Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.
Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician Based (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=154377).
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