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Medical Billing

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Program Description

Medical Billers are responsible for making sure patients are billed correctly. This involves interaction with patients, government agencies and insurance companies. Medical billers need to know how to read a medical invoice, understand some medical coding language and have strong human relations skills. This is a good job for someone who wants to balance interaction with people and analyzing invoices and data.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam to become a Billing/Coding Specialist.

Certifying Organization:

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)


Exam cost: $110

External Credential:        Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Career Opportunities:

Billers are employed at hospitals, doctor offices, billing agencies, clinics, temp agencies, insurance companies, accountant offices, legal firms, state agencies, self-employment.

Program Length

8-10 months

Classroom billing courses start in January and July at CCBC Essex, in May and November at CCBC Randallstown, and in March and September at CCBC Hunt Valley.  Online billing courses are offered in August, October, February, April and June.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

All students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

HIPAA Training, CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

1. (Prerequisite) Medical Terminology for Health Occupations: AHE 534

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Medical Terminology—The Language of Health Care (w/CD); ISBN 1451176767; $83.15

2. HIPAA Training: AHC 360 Or HIPAA Training Online: AHL 719

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts online

3. Medical Billing: AHL 797 Or Medical Billing online: AHL 796

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Medical Insurance in a FLASH!; published by F. A. Davis978-0-8036-2349-1; $64.60

4. Basic Computerized Medical Billing: AHC 371

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts online

5. Introduction to Electronic Health Records (EHR): AHL 798 Or Introduction to Electronic Health Records (EHR) Online: AHL 804

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Electronic Health Record for Allied Health Careers (w/CD Only); published by McGraw Hill; 0073309788; $110.65

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $1235-$1295 (Tuition-$605/Fees-$630-$690)
  • Textbook/Materials: $258.40

Course Substitutions:

Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with:  OFAD 141 or ALHL 115 or AHL 717

HIPAA AHC 360 can be substituted with:  AHL 719 or AHC 356


Additional Expenses:

NHA Study Guide & Practice Exam: $56

NHA Exam: $115

Program Contact Information


Ruth Burke



Essex, HTEC 013

Administrative Assistant:

Maria Buttion



Essex, HTEC 005

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant

Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)

Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Local Office of Workforce Development

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