Blackstone’s Online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses offer you comprehensive training including a working knowledge in ICD9 and ICD10‐CM, Medisoft V19, HCPCS II, and provides you with exclusive access to the Optum360 Encoder Pro Expert online coding resource. Gain the practical knowledge needed to process medical claims using the correct diagnostic and treatment codes. Upon course completion, you will have the skill set needed to secure a job working in the medical billing and coding profession.

Job Outlook

Due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures for an aging population, advancement opportunities in health information technology will continue to increase much faster than average for all occupations through 2026. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of medical records and health information jobs are expected to grow up to 13% by 2026.

Expect to earn an attractive salary when you work in the health information technology industry. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, those working in a medical billing and coding career earned up to $62,840 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $38,040.

Become Certified

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Material Included in Your Medical B + C Program

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Optum360 EncoderPro.com Expert

This resource provides online access to a powerful search application for all CPT®, HCPCS Level II, ICD-9-CM, and ICD-10-CM and PCS code sets as well as Optum360 and Medicare coding guidelines to ensure coding accuracy, improve billing performance, and reduce rejected claims. Complimentary monthly updates let you code confidently throughout the year. (CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association).

Computers in the Medical Office

The e-book Computers in the Medical Office provides a hands-on approach to learning one of the most popular medical office billing and practice management software packages available. The e-book comes with online access to a MediSoft V19 simulated practice program enabling you to practice your skills using the same software used on the job. Textbook: Computers in the Medical Office, by Susan Sanderson. ISBN: 9780078138621.

Step by Step Medical Coding

This comprehensive medical coding text is written by educators and experienced coders to help learners master the complexities of medical coding. This expanded edition addresses a variety of medical specialties including dermatology, cardiology, primary care, and orthopedics, and tackles the common coding problems encountered in the real world. Medical coding exercises provide practice for learners and enable them to test their knowledge, helping to round out your medical billing and coding online training. Textbook: Step by Step Medical Coding, by Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 9780323389198.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online

Defining more than 56,000 terms, Stedman’s provides clear definitions used in nursing and allied health professions – a valuable resource that enhances your medical billing and coding online training. You will have one year of online access to this reference, which includes audio pronunciations, images, and nearly 50 videos presenting anatomy in motion. Textbook: Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online. ISBN: 978-1608316922.

Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations

This e-book introduces you to pharmacological terminology; common drug classes, forms, dosages and routes of administration; abbreviations and symbols; and systems of measurement. Textbook: Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, by Ruth Woodrow. ISBN: 9781435480339.

BCI Medical Billing and Coding Study Guides

Eighteen separate units guide you through Blackstone’s Online Medical Billing and Coding training course. These study units are broken into smaller sections, allowing you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher’s notes, and a self-check.

BCI Exclusive Typing Tutorial

Whether you are a novice typist or simply need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

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Curriculum for Blackstone’s Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program

Our accredited online Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a medical billing and/or coding clerk in a medical office, clinic or hospital. Our program consists of practical lessons and hands on experience needed when entering the medical billing and coding career including the ICD-10 training needed in today’s health information industry.

Program Goals and Objectives

Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program prepares students for entry-level employment as a medical billing and/or coding clerk.

  • Define and explain different learning styles and learning strategies.
  • Identify the parts of a computer and explain how technology is used in the office
  • Identify common word elements in medical terms
  • Identify common medical terms related to the organization of the body and the various body systems
  • Analyze medical terms to determine their meaning

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Unit 1 - Blackstone Skills for Success

  • Covers learning styles; instrinsic versus extrinsic motivation; self-efficacy and self-determination; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners; and field dependence versus field independence.
  • Covers study skills, including choosing a place to study; scheduling time, goal setting; monitoring your study sessions; and avoiding procrastination.
  • Covers learning strategies, including SQ3R; note-taking skills; memory tricks; references; and how to take multiple choice tests.
  • Covers basic keyboarding skills using Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor.

Unit 2 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Covers how computers are used in the office today, the different types of computers, and the parts of a computer system.
  • Covers the Internet, the World Wide Web (WWW), URLs, the different types of Internet connections, search engines, email, and other uses for the Internet.
  • Covers other types of electronic communication including wireless communication.

Unit 3 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 1: An Introduction

  • Explains how medical terms are constructed and analyzed to determine meaning; discusses types of medical terms; explains the function of combining vowels and how terms are pluralized.
  • Covers prefixes relating to number, size, color, negation, position and direction, as well as those with the same meaning or opposite meaning.
  • Covers common roots and combining vowels as well as suffixes which indicate the word’s part of speech; also discusses suffixes related to pathologic conditions, diagnoses, and surgical incisions.
  • Introduces the body cavities, body planes, and directional terms.

Unit 4 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 2

  • Discusses the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system, including the bones; the axial and appendicular skeletons; and the joints and ligaments; also provides a list of relevant medical terms.
  • Covers the muscular system, including the types of muscles and their functions, and related diseases and disorders; lists relevant medical terms.
  • Provides and overview of the integumentary system, including the skin, hair and nails; discusses diseases and disorders as well as lists relevant medical terms.
  • Covers the respiratory system—including the nose, pharynx and lungs—as well as diseases and disorders related to this system; lists relevant medical terms.

Unit 5 - English Usage and Written Communication

  • Covers the parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
  • Covers the parts of a sentence, including the subject, predicate, direct and indirect objects, subject complements, phrases, and clauses.
  • Covers pronoun/antecedent agreement and pronoun usage; explains how pronouns are used in sentences; covers subject/verb agreement.
  • Covers sentence types and sentence punctuation.
  • Covers fundamentals of written communication, including using active versus passive voice, writing unified and coherent paragraphs, and writing topic sentences for paragraphs.
  • Discusses common types of business communication, including business letters and memorandums.

Unit 6 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 3

  • Covers the cardiovascular system, including the structure of the heart, function of blood vessels, and related disorders and diseases; lists relevant medical terms.
  • Discusses the function and parts of the urinary system, including kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Introduces the digestive system, including the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and accessory organs; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Covers the peripheral and central nervous systems, their function, related diseases and disorders, and medical terminology.

Unit 7 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 4

  • Discusses the glands that make up the endocrine system as well as related diseases and disorders; also lists relevant medical terms.
  • Provides an overview of the anatomy of both the eyes and the ears (the sensory system); covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Covers the blood, lymphatic, and immune systems and their functions; discusses relevant diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Provides an overview of both the male and female reproductive systems; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.

Unit 8 - Introduction to Pharmacology

  • Covers consumer safety and drug regulations; discusses drug laws, the FDA, DEA, and laws affecting healthcare workers.
  • Covers drug names and references; discusses classifications, drug names, legal terms relating to drugs, and terms indicating drug actions, drug references, and drug cards.
  • Covers sources and bodily effects of drugs; discusses how drugs are processed by the body; explains absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and other variables, and unexpected responses to drugs.
  • Covers medication preparation and supplies; discusses standard drug forms and supplies.
  • Lists and discusses abbreviations and systems of measurement.

Unit 9 - Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

  • Discusses concepts of professional development including attitude, self-esteem, professional attire, business etiquette, verbal and nonverbal communication, introductions, time and stress management, and continuing education.
  • Discusses medicolegal ethics in healthcare; covers the code of ethics; discusses aspects pertaining to the healthcare record including the purpose of ownership, how to correct mistakes, the difference between privileged and non-privileged information, and the importance of timeliness.

Unit 10 - Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 1

  • Covers the roles and responsibilities of the health insurance specialist; discusses medical billing and coding employment opportunities, basic skill requirements, and professional certification.
  • Gives an introduction to health insurance; defines health insurance; discusses disability and liability insurance and the major developments in health insurance, health insurance coverage statistics, and third-party reimbursement methods.
  • Discusses managed health care and its history; presents six managed care models; discusses the accreditation of managed care organizations, government managed care ventures, and the effects of managed care on administrative procedures in a physician’s practice.
  • Explains the life cycle of a medical insurance claim including the development of the claim, the new patient interview and check-in procedure, an established patient return visit, and post clinical check-out procedures; explains how insurance companies process claims and how insurance claim files are maintained.
  • Covers the legal and regulatory considerations; explains confidentiality of patient information; discusses the retention of patient information and health insurance records, the Federal False Claims Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
  • Covers ICD-10-CM coding, including coding guidelines, primary and principal diagnosis coding, principal versus secondary procedures, and coding qualifying diagnoses; explains the basic steps for using the index and the organization of the tabular list; discusses considerations to ensure accurate ICD-10-CM coding.
  • Covers CPT coding; discusses the CPT coding system, format, symbols, conventions, and index; explains the basic steps for coding procedures and services.

Unit 11 - Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 2

  • Covers the HCPCS Coding System; explains how this system is organized; gives HCPCS national (Level II) codes and how these codes are assigned; explains how HCPCS national (Level 11) modifiers are assigned.
  • Discusses HCFA reimbursement issues; explains the Medicare fee schedule, and HCFA regulations that impact reimbursement.
  • Covers coding from source documents; explains how to apply ICD-10-CM coding guidelines; discusses CPT/HCPCS billing considerations; gives coding clinical scenarios; discusses how medical and operative reports are coded.
  • Gives essential HCFA-1500 claim form instructions, general billing guidelines, and optical scanning guidelines; discusses the reporting guidelines and restrictions covering the following claim form items: diagnoses, date entry, procedures, modifiers, charges, diagnostic reference numbers, and units; explains why the billing entity’s employer tax identification number (EIN) should appear on the claim; explains the four processing steps that must occur before a completed form can be mailed to the insurance company; discusses how to set up a tickler filing system for completed claim forms.
  • Discusses how commercial claims are filed; explains how to determine the status of primary and secondary commercial claims; explains how to complete commercial primary and secondary fee-for-service claims and commercial primary supplemental fee-for-service claims accurately; explains how to create a comparison chart as an aid to mastering the details of completing claim forms.

Unit 12 - Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 3

  • Covers Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans; explains the function of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Association; lists four distinctive features that make the BCBS plans different from other commercial medical insurance programs; compares and contrasts the advantages of being a BCBS participating provider versus being a non-participating provider; describes the features of BCBS basic benefits; lists typical services found in Major Medical coverage; explains the benefits of special accidental injury riders/clauses.
  • Covers Medicare; discusses medical eligibility, enrollment, Part A and Part B coverage, participating providers and nonparticipating provider restrictions; gives step-by-step claim form instructions; discusses situations where Medicare is the secondary payer.
  • Covers Medicaid; presents the legislative background of Medicaid and Federal eligibility requirements; discusses Medicaid services and the relationship between Medicaid and Medicare; discusses situations where Medicaid is the secondary payer.
  • Covers TRICARE; presents TRICARE administration, options, programs and demonstration projects and service centers; discusses preauthorization, limited charges, supplemental plans, and billing information; gives primary claim instructions and secondary payer claim instructions.
  • Cover workers’ compensation; discusses Federal compensation programs and state-sponsored coverage, eligibility, and classification of on-the-job injuries; explains the OSHA Act of 1970 and the special handling of workers’ compensation cases, first report of injury, progress reports; gives claim instructions.

Unit 13 - Medical Office Practice 1

  • Introduces medical informatics, or the use of computers and computer information technology in health care, and issues related to the privacy and security of medical information.
  • Introduces the Medisoft environment and its terminology. Covers the use of MediSoft in the medical office, including relevant terminology, the use of various coding systems, the role of MediSoft in accounting, the claims submission process, and MediSoft’s various accounting reports.
  • Covers how to create, and edit scheduled visits, as well as how to check patients in, create lists and verify insurance information.
  • Introduces how to enter patient information within the Medisoft database.
  • Covers case information in MediSoft, as well as editing, saving and printing information.

Unit 14 - Medical Office Practice 2

  • Describes transaction entry, including entering, editing and applying payments and charges. Also covers refunds and receipt management.
  • Explains the process of submitting electronic claims and the common health insurance plan varieties.
  • Discusses the different payment types and how a patient’s fee is calculated.
  • Covers the importance of reports and the various types used in a medical office.
  • Covers the various aspects of collection, including notices, laws, and types of payment.

Unit 15 - Medical Office Practice 3

  • Provides simulated practice in creating appointments and registering patients.
  • Provides simulated practice in claims, cases, and transactions.
  • Provides simulated practice in creating reports, collections, and letters to patients.
  • Summarizes the simulations completed in chapters 11 through 13 for a cumulative review.

Unit 16 - Practical Applications of Coding 1

  • Provides an introduction to medical coding including careers; required skills; fraud and abuse; tools of the trade; and the types of coding.
  • Covers ICD-10-CM coding, including history and use; V, E, and M codes; categories, subcategories and subclassifications; coding conventions; basic steps; coding for infections, diabetes, obstetrics, neoplasms, injuries, complications and late effects.
  • Covers HCPCS II coding, including history; format; hierarchy; code revisions; the index; accuracy tip; and a medication flow chart.
  • Covers CPT coding basics, including symbols; unlisted codes; illustrations; anesthesia; surgical guidelines; radiology and pathology guidelines; category II and III codes; errata; and tips for selecting the correct code.
  • Covers evaluation and management codes, including guidelines and criteria; selecting the E/M code for the most common procedures; CMS 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines; and the CPT code book.
  • Covers coding for anesthesia and general surgery, including a review of body systems and procedures performed. Discusses the application of physical status modifiers.
  • Covers coding for the integumentary (skin) system, including assigning ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and CPT procedure codes. Discusses official coding guidelines and provides common terms related to disorders of the skin and dermatology procedures.
  • Covers the proper application of coding rules and conventions for the ICD-10-CM and CPT systems as applied to orthopedics. Explains the most common disease and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, and bone infections.

Unit 17 - Practical Applications of Coding 2

  • Covers the many facets of the modern cardiology practice and applicable coding guidelines. Includes basic cardiac anatomy and terminology as well as non-invasive and invasive procedures.
  • Discusses obstetrics and gynecology, including a review of female reproductive anatomy and physiology as well as OB/GYN terminology, and assigning the proper ICD-10-CM and CPT codes.
  • Covers specialized coding in radiology, pathology and laboratory procedures. Discusses diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.
  • Reviews the Medicine chapter in the CPT and covers identifying the variety of service categories in the CPT. Discusses the modifier rules for the codes in these series.
  • Covers proper medical billing techniques and the collection of payment in the outpatient setting. Includes patient registration and preparation of the ledger card.
  • Discusses ambulatory patient groups, cycle billing, monthly billing and computerized billing, and collection techniques.
  • Focuses on the completion of the CMS-1500 claim form for commercial and government insurance carriers. Also covers various types of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, CHAMPUS, TRICARE, CHAMVA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Covers the typical payment cycle for physician office services and defines multiple processes that affect financial results. Includes auditing, appeals and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Provides an overview of in-patient hospital-based medical billing. Covers hospital based ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines. Discusses the inpatient prospective payment system.

Unit 18 - How to Find a Job in Healthcare

  • Covers medical billing and coding job-search correspondence, including resumes and cover letters.
  • Discusses job-search techniques such as networking and using online employment search engines.
  • Discusses job interviews; explains how to dress for an interview, what to bring to an interview, what to expect during an interview; discusses common questions asked during a job interview and how to follow up after an interview.

Meet Your Medical Billing and Coding Instructor

Kara Silvers, Medical Billing and Coding Consultant

CPC, CPC-I

Kara Silvers is an instructor in the Medical Billing and Coding Department. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Vocational Education, both from Auburn University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Governor’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Ottawa University. She currently works as an instructor at a couple of universities teaching Medical Billing and Coding classes, as well as independent coding for various companies. She is CPC and CPC-I certified through the AAPC.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, Our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

Material Included in Your Medical B + C Program

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

This e-book is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement, covering managed health care, legal and regulatory issues, medical coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans.

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

This e-book is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement, covering health care, legal and regulatory issues, medical coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans. Textbook: Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, by Marilyn T. Fordney. ISBN: ISBN: 9781455733255.

Optum360 EncoderPro.com Expert

This resource provides online access to a powerful search application for all CPT®, HCPCS Level II, ICD-9-CM, and ICD-10-CM and PCS code sets as well as Optum360 and Medicare coding guidelines to ensure coding accuracy, improve billing performance, and reduce rejected claims. Complimentary monthly updates let you code confidently throughout the year. (CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association).

Computers in the Medical Office

The e-book Computers in the Medical Office provides a hands-on approach to learning one of the most popular medical office billing and practice management software packages available. The e-book comes with online access to a MediSoft V19 simulated practice program enabling you to practice your skills using the same software used on the job. Textbook: Computers in the Medical Office, by Susan Sanderson. ISBN: 9780078138621.

Step by Step Medical Coding

This comprehensive medical coding text is written by educators and experienced coders to help learners master the complexities of medical coding. This expanded edition addresses a variety of medical specialties including dermatology, cardiology, primary care, and orthopedics, and tackles the common coding problems encountered in the real world. Medical coding exercises provide practice for learners and enable them to test their knowledge, helping to round out your medical billing and coding online training. Textbook: Step by Step Medical Coding, by Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 9780323389198.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online

Defining more than 56,000 terms, Stedman’s provides clear definitions used in nursing and allied health professions – a valuable resource that enhances your medical billing and coding online training. You will have one year of online access to this reference, which includes audio pronunciations, images, and nearly 50 videos presenting anatomy in motion. Textbook: Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online. ISBN: 978-1608316922.

Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations

This e-book introduces you to pharmacological terminology; common drug classes, forms, dosages and routes of administration; abbreviations and symbols; and systems of measurement. Textbook: Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, by Ruth Woodrow. ISBN: 9781435480339.

BCI Medical Billing and Coding Study Guides

Eighteen separate units guide you through Blackstone’s Online Medical Billing and Coding training course. These study units are broken into smaller sections, allowing you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher’s notes, and a self-check.

BCI Exclusive Typing Tutorial

Whether you are a novice typist or simply need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Medical Billing & Coding Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to medical billing and coding careers. Learn how to become a medical biller and coder today!

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FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students to learn more about our fantastic reputation among online medical billing and coding schools. Obtain your medical billing and coding certificate at Blackstone Career Institute.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Medical Billing and Coding Certification Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more about taking our online courses with certificates through financial assistance here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Medical Billing and Coding program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program is Kara Silvers. To learn more about Kara, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Does this course lead to certification?

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Medical Biller and Coder?

Working in the medical billing and coding field offers a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physicians offices, insurance company, medical center, nursing home, government medical department, rehabilitation facilities, and urgent care centers. Some medical billers and coders choose to work from home as employees of businesses or hospitals.
Becoming certified in medical billing and coding typically leads to a higher salary and more advancement opportunities in the health information industry.

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Overview

Blackstone’s Online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program

Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses offer you comprehensive training including a working knowledge in ICD9 and ICD10‐CM, Medisoft V19, HCPCS II, and provides you with exclusive access to the Optum360 Encoder Pro Expert online coding resource. Gain the practical knowledge needed to process medical claims using the correct diagnostic and treatment codes. Upon course completion, you will have the skill set needed to secure a job working in the medical billing and coding profession.

Job Outlook

Due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures for an aging population, advancement opportunities in health information technology will continue to increase much faster than average for all occupations through 2026. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of medical records and health information jobs are expected to grow up to 13% by 2026.

Expect to earn an attractive salary when you work in the health information technology industry. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, those working in a medical billing and coding career earned up to $62,840 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $38,040.

Become Certified

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Material Included in Your Medical B + C Program

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online courses are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Optum360 EncoderPro.com Expert

This resource provides online access to a powerful search application for all CPT®, HCPCS Level II, ICD-9-CM, and ICD-10-CM and PCS code sets as well as Optum360 and Medicare coding guidelines to ensure coding accuracy, improve billing performance, and reduce rejected claims. Complimentary monthly updates let you code confidently throughout the year. (CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association).

Computers in the Medical Office

The e-book Computers in the Medical Office provides a hands-on approach to learning one of the most popular medical office billing and practice management software packages available. The e-book comes with online access to a MediSoft V19 simulated practice program enabling you to practice your skills using the same software used on the job. Textbook: Computers in the Medical Office, by Susan Sanderson. ISBN: 9780078138621.

Step by Step Medical Coding

This comprehensive medical coding text is written by educators and experienced coders to help learners master the complexities of medical coding. This expanded edition addresses a variety of medical specialties including dermatology, cardiology, primary care, and orthopedics, and tackles the common coding problems encountered in the real world. Medical coding exercises provide practice for learners and enable them to test their knowledge, helping to round out your medical billing and coding online training. Textbook: Step by Step Medical Coding, by Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 9780323389198.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online

Defining more than 56,000 terms, Stedman’s provides clear definitions used in nursing and allied health professions – a valuable resource that enhances your medical billing and coding online training. You will have one year of online access to this reference, which includes audio pronunciations, images, and nearly 50 videos presenting anatomy in motion. Textbook: Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online. ISBN: 978-1608316922.

Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations

This e-book introduces you to pharmacological terminology; common drug classes, forms, dosages and routes of administration; abbreviations and symbols; and systems of measurement. Textbook: Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, by Ruth Woodrow. ISBN: 9781435480339.

BCI Medical Billing and Coding Study Guides

Eighteen separate units guide you through Blackstone’s Online Medical Billing and Coding training course. These study units are broken into smaller sections, allowing you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher’s notes, and a self-check.

BCI Exclusive Typing Tutorial

Whether you are a novice typist or simply need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

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Curriculum for Blackstone’s Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program

Our accredited online Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a medical billing and/or coding clerk in a medical office, clinic or hospital. Our program consists of practical lessons and hands on experience needed when entering the medical billing and coding career including the ICD-10 training needed in today’s health information industry.

Program Goals and Objectives

Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program prepares students for entry-level employment as a medical billing and/or coding clerk.

  • Define and explain different learning styles and learning strategies.
  • Identify the parts of a computer and explain how technology is used in the office
  • Identify common word elements in medical terms
  • Identify common medical terms related to the organization of the body and the various body systems
  • Analyze medical terms to determine their meaning

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Unit 1 - Blackstone Skills for Success

  • Covers learning styles; instrinsic versus extrinsic motivation; self-efficacy and self-determination; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners; and field dependence versus field independence.
  • Covers study skills, including choosing a place to study; scheduling time, goal setting; monitoring your study sessions; and avoiding procrastination.
  • Covers learning strategies, including SQ3R; note-taking skills; memory tricks; references; and how to take multiple choice tests.
  • Covers basic keyboarding skills using Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor.

Unit 2 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Covers how computers are used in the office today, the different types of computers, and the parts of a computer system.
  • Covers the Internet, the World Wide Web (WWW), URLs, the different types of Internet connections, search engines, email, and other uses for the Internet.
  • Covers other types of electronic communication including wireless communication.

Unit 3 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 1: An Introduction

  • Explains how medical terms are constructed and analyzed to determine meaning; discusses types of medical terms; explains the function of combining vowels and how terms are pluralized.
  • Covers prefixes relating to number, size, color, negation, position and direction, as well as those with the same meaning or opposite meaning.
  • Covers common roots and combining vowels as well as suffixes which indicate the word’s part of speech; also discusses suffixes related to pathologic conditions, diagnoses, and surgical incisions.
  • Introduces the body cavities, body planes, and directional terms.

Unit 4 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 2

  • Discusses the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system, including the bones; the axial and appendicular skeletons; and the joints and ligaments; also provides a list of relevant medical terms.
  • Covers the muscular system, including the types of muscles and their functions, and related diseases and disorders; lists relevant medical terms.
  • Provides and overview of the integumentary system, including the skin, hair and nails; discusses diseases and disorders as well as lists relevant medical terms.
  • Covers the respiratory system—including the nose, pharynx and lungs—as well as diseases and disorders related to this system; lists relevant medical terms.

Unit 5 - English Usage and Written Communication

  • Covers the parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
  • Covers the parts of a sentence, including the subject, predicate, direct and indirect objects, subject complements, phrases, and clauses.
  • Covers pronoun/antecedent agreement and pronoun usage; explains how pronouns are used in sentences; covers subject/verb agreement.
  • Covers sentence types and sentence punctuation.
  • Covers fundamentals of written communication, including using active versus passive voice, writing unified and coherent paragraphs, and writing topic sentences for paragraphs.
  • Discusses common types of business communication, including business letters and memorandums.

Unit 6 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 3

  • Covers the cardiovascular system, including the structure of the heart, function of blood vessels, and related disorders and diseases; lists relevant medical terms.
  • Discusses the function and parts of the urinary system, including kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Introduces the digestive system, including the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and accessory organs; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Covers the peripheral and central nervous systems, their function, related diseases and disorders, and medical terminology.

Unit 7 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 4

  • Discusses the glands that make up the endocrine system as well as related diseases and disorders; also lists relevant medical terms.
  • Provides an overview of the anatomy of both the eyes and the ears (the sensory system); covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Covers the blood, lymphatic, and immune systems and their functions; discusses relevant diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Provides an overview of both the male and female reproductive systems; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.

Unit 8 - Introduction to Pharmacology

  • Covers consumer safety and drug regulations; discusses drug laws, the FDA, DEA, and laws affecting healthcare workers.
  • Covers drug names and references; discusses classifications, drug names, legal terms relating to drugs, and terms indicating drug actions, drug references, and drug cards.
  • Covers sources and bodily effects of drugs; discusses how drugs are processed by the body; explains absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and other variables, and unexpected responses to drugs.
  • Covers medication preparation and supplies; discusses standard drug forms and supplies.
  • Lists and discusses abbreviations and systems of measurement.

Unit 9 - Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

  • Discusses concepts of professional development including attitude, self-esteem, professional attire, business etiquette, verbal and nonverbal communication, introductions, time and stress management, and continuing education.
  • Discusses medicolegal ethics in healthcare; covers the code of ethics; discusses aspects pertaining to the healthcare record including the purpose of ownership, how to correct mistakes, the difference between privileged and non-privileged information, and the importance of timeliness.

Unit 10 - Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 1

  • Covers the roles and responsibilities of the health insurance specialist; discusses medical billing and coding employment opportunities, basic skill requirements, and professional certification.
  • Gives an introduction to health insurance; defines health insurance; discusses disability and liability insurance and the major developments in health insurance, health insurance coverage statistics, and third-party reimbursement methods.
  • Discusses managed health care and its history; presents six managed care models; discusses the accreditation of managed care organizations, government managed care ventures, and the effects of managed care on administrative procedures in a physician’s practice.
  • Explains the life cycle of a medical insurance claim including the development of the claim, the new patient interview and check-in procedure, an established patient return visit, and post clinical check-out procedures; explains how insurance companies process claims and how insurance claim files are maintained.
  • Covers the legal and regulatory considerations; explains confidentiality of patient information; discusses the retention of patient information and health insurance records, the Federal False Claims Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
  • Covers ICD-10-CM coding, including coding guidelines, primary and principal diagnosis coding, principal versus secondary procedures, and coding qualifying diagnoses; explains the basic steps for using the index and the organization of the tabular list; discusses considerations to ensure accurate ICD-10-CM coding.
  • Covers CPT coding; discusses the CPT coding system, format, symbols, conventions, and index; explains the basic steps for coding procedures and services.

Unit 11 - Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 2

  • Covers the HCPCS Coding System; explains how this system is organized; gives HCPCS national (Level II) codes and how these codes are assigned; explains how HCPCS national (Level 11) modifiers are assigned.
  • Discusses HCFA reimbursement issues; explains the Medicare fee schedule, and HCFA regulations that impact reimbursement.
  • Covers coding from source documents; explains how to apply ICD-10-CM coding guidelines; discusses CPT/HCPCS billing considerations; gives coding clinical scenarios; discusses how medical and operative reports are coded.
  • Gives essential HCFA-1500 claim form instructions, general billing guidelines, and optical scanning guidelines; discusses the reporting guidelines and restrictions covering the following claim form items: diagnoses, date entry, procedures, modifiers, charges, diagnostic reference numbers, and units; explains why the billing entity’s employer tax identification number (EIN) should appear on the claim; explains the four processing steps that must occur before a completed form can be mailed to the insurance company; discusses how to set up a tickler filing system for completed claim forms.
  • Discusses how commercial claims are filed; explains how to determine the status of primary and secondary commercial claims; explains how to complete commercial primary and secondary fee-for-service claims and commercial primary supplemental fee-for-service claims accurately; explains how to create a comparison chart as an aid to mastering the details of completing claim forms.

Unit 12 - Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 3

  • Covers Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans; explains the function of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Association; lists four distinctive features that make the BCBS plans different from other commercial medical insurance programs; compares and contrasts the advantages of being a BCBS participating provider versus being a non-participating provider; describes the features of BCBS basic benefits; lists typical services found in Major Medical coverage; explains the benefits of special accidental injury riders/clauses.
  • Covers Medicare; discusses medical eligibility, enrollment, Part A and Part B coverage, participating providers and nonparticipating provider restrictions; gives step-by-step claim form instructions; discusses situations where Medicare is the secondary payer.
  • Covers Medicaid; presents the legislative background of Medicaid and Federal eligibility requirements; discusses Medicaid services and the relationship between Medicaid and Medicare; discusses situations where Medicaid is the secondary payer.
  • Covers TRICARE; presents TRICARE administration, options, programs and demonstration projects and service centers; discusses preauthorization, limited charges, supplemental plans, and billing information; gives primary claim instructions and secondary payer claim instructions.
  • Cover workers’ compensation; discusses Federal compensation programs and state-sponsored coverage, eligibility, and classification of on-the-job injuries; explains the OSHA Act of 1970 and the special handling of workers’ compensation cases, first report of injury, progress reports; gives claim instructions.

Unit 13 - Medical Office Practice 1

  • Introduces medical informatics, or the use of computers and computer information technology in health care, and issues related to the privacy and security of medical information.
  • Introduces the Medisoft environment and its terminology. Covers the use of MediSoft in the medical office, including relevant terminology, the use of various coding systems, the role of MediSoft in accounting, the claims submission process, and MediSoft’s various accounting reports.
  • Covers how to create, and edit scheduled visits, as well as how to check patients in, create lists and verify insurance information.
  • Introduces how to enter patient information within the Medisoft database.
  • Covers case information in MediSoft, as well as editing, saving and printing information.

Unit 14 - Medical Office Practice 2

  • Describes transaction entry, including entering, editing and applying payments and charges. Also covers refunds and receipt management.
  • Explains the process of submitting electronic claims and the common health insurance plan varieties.
  • Discusses the different payment types and how a patient’s fee is calculated.
  • Covers the importance of reports and the various types used in a medical office.
  • Covers the various aspects of collection, including notices, laws, and types of payment.

Unit 15 - Medical Office Practice 3

  • Provides simulated practice in creating appointments and registering patients.
  • Provides simulated practice in claims, cases, and transactions.
  • Provides simulated practice in creating reports, collections, and letters to patients.
  • Summarizes the simulations completed in chapters 11 through 13 for a cumulative review.

Unit 16 - Practical Applications of Coding 1

  • Provides an introduction to medical coding including careers; required skills; fraud and abuse; tools of the trade; and the types of coding.
  • Covers ICD-10-CM coding, including history and use; V, E, and M codes; categories, subcategories and subclassifications; coding conventions; basic steps; coding for infections, diabetes, obstetrics, neoplasms, injuries, complications and late effects.
  • Covers HCPCS II coding, including history; format; hierarchy; code revisions; the index; accuracy tip; and a medication flow chart.
  • Covers CPT coding basics, including symbols; unlisted codes; illustrations; anesthesia; surgical guidelines; radiology and pathology guidelines; category II and III codes; errata; and tips for selecting the correct code.
  • Covers evaluation and management codes, including guidelines and criteria; selecting the E/M code for the most common procedures; CMS 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines; and the CPT code book.
  • Covers coding for anesthesia and general surgery, including a review of body systems and procedures performed. Discusses the application of physical status modifiers.
  • Covers coding for the integumentary (skin) system, including assigning ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and CPT procedure codes. Discusses official coding guidelines and provides common terms related to disorders of the skin and dermatology procedures.
  • Covers the proper application of coding rules and conventions for the ICD-10-CM and CPT systems as applied to orthopedics. Explains the most common disease and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, and bone infections.

Unit 17 - Practical Applications of Coding 2

  • Covers the many facets of the modern cardiology practice and applicable coding guidelines. Includes basic cardiac anatomy and terminology as well as non-invasive and invasive procedures.
  • Discusses obstetrics and gynecology, including a review of female reproductive anatomy and physiology as well as OB/GYN terminology, and assigning the proper ICD-10-CM and CPT codes.
  • Covers specialized coding in radiology, pathology and laboratory procedures. Discusses diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.
  • Reviews the Medicine chapter in the CPT and covers identifying the variety of service categories in the CPT. Discusses the modifier rules for the codes in these series.
  • Covers proper medical billing techniques and the collection of payment in the outpatient setting. Includes patient registration and preparation of the ledger card.
  • Discusses ambulatory patient groups, cycle billing, monthly billing and computerized billing, and collection techniques.
  • Focuses on the completion of the CMS-1500 claim form for commercial and government insurance carriers. Also covers various types of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, CHAMPUS, TRICARE, CHAMVA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Covers the typical payment cycle for physician office services and defines multiple processes that affect financial results. Includes auditing, appeals and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Provides an overview of in-patient hospital-based medical billing. Covers hospital based ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines. Discusses the inpatient prospective payment system.

Unit 18 - How to Find a Job in Healthcare

  • Covers medical billing and coding job-search correspondence, including resumes and cover letters.
  • Discusses job-search techniques such as networking and using online employment search engines.
  • Discusses job interviews; explains how to dress for an interview, what to bring to an interview, what to expect during an interview; discusses common questions asked during a job interview and how to follow up after an interview.

Meet Your Medical Billing and Coding Instructor

Kara Silvers, Medical Billing and Coding Consultant

CPC, CPC-I

Kara Silvers is an instructor in the Medical Billing and Coding Department. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Vocational Education, both from Auburn University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Governor’s University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Ottawa University. She currently works as an instructor at a couple of universities teaching Medical Billing and Coding classes, as well as independent coding for various companies. She is CPC and CPC-I certified through the AAPC.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, Our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

Material Included in Your Medical B + C Program

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

This e-book is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement, covering managed health care, legal and regulatory issues, medical coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans.

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office

This e-book is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement, covering health care, legal and regulatory issues, medical coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans. Textbook: Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, by Marilyn T. Fordney. ISBN: ISBN: 9781455733255.

Optum360 EncoderPro.com Expert

This resource provides online access to a powerful search application for all CPT®, HCPCS Level II, ICD-9-CM, and ICD-10-CM and PCS code sets as well as Optum360 and Medicare coding guidelines to ensure coding accuracy, improve billing performance, and reduce rejected claims. Complimentary monthly updates let you code confidently throughout the year. (CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association).

Computers in the Medical Office

The e-book Computers in the Medical Office provides a hands-on approach to learning one of the most popular medical office billing and practice management software packages available. The e-book comes with online access to a MediSoft V19 simulated practice program enabling you to practice your skills using the same software used on the job. Textbook: Computers in the Medical Office, by Susan Sanderson. ISBN: 9780078138621.

Step by Step Medical Coding

This comprehensive medical coding text is written by educators and experienced coders to help learners master the complexities of medical coding. This expanded edition addresses a variety of medical specialties including dermatology, cardiology, primary care, and orthopedics, and tackles the common coding problems encountered in the real world. Medical coding exercises provide practice for learners and enable them to test their knowledge, helping to round out your medical billing and coding online training. Textbook: Step by Step Medical Coding, by Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 9780323389198.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online

Defining more than 56,000 terms, Stedman’s provides clear definitions used in nursing and allied health professions – a valuable resource that enhances your medical billing and coding online training. You will have one year of online access to this reference, which includes audio pronunciations, images, and nearly 50 videos presenting anatomy in motion. Textbook: Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online. ISBN: 978-1608316922.

Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations

This e-book introduces you to pharmacological terminology; common drug classes, forms, dosages and routes of administration; abbreviations and symbols; and systems of measurement. Textbook: Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, by Ruth Woodrow. ISBN: 9781435480339.

BCI Medical Billing and Coding Study Guides

Eighteen separate units guide you through Blackstone’s Online Medical Billing and Coding training course. These study units are broken into smaller sections, allowing you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher’s notes, and a self-check.

BCI Exclusive Typing Tutorial

Whether you are a novice typist or simply need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Medical Billing & Coding Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to medical billing and coding careers. Learn how to become a medical biller and coder today!

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FAQ’S

FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students to learn more about our fantastic reputation among online medical billing and coding schools. Obtain your medical billing and coding certificate at Blackstone Career Institute.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Medical Billing and Coding Certification Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more about taking our online courses with certificates through financial assistance here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Medical Billing and Coding program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program is Kara Silvers. To learn more about Kara, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Does this course lead to certification?

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Medical Biller and Coder?

Working in the medical billing and coding field offers a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physicians offices, insurance company, medical center, nursing home, government medical department, rehabilitation facilities, and urgent care centers. Some medical billers and coders choose to work from home as employees of businesses or hospitals.
Becoming certified in medical billing and coding typically leads to a higher salary and more advancement opportunities in the health information industry.

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