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Iowa Western Community College

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist

January 18 - June 23, 2018

Registration deadline is January 15, 2018.

Medical billing and coding professionals play a vital role in today’s healthcare industry. It is how those in the healthcare field keep track of the data and paperwork involved with medical procedures, and keep information flowing efficiently between medical service providers and insurance companies.

Program Brochure

About the Program

This 164-hour class is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. Class meets 2 evenings a week and students should expect to spend at least 10 hours of work outside the classroom. Upon completion of the class, students will sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).

Program to Include
  • Anatomy and medical terminology
  • Principles of medical billing
  • Understanding health insurance
  • Fundamentals of medical coding
  • Most up-to-date information on CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding
  • Evaluation and management review
  • Experitise in reviewing and assigning correct procedure and diagnostic codes
  • Preparation for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam 

 

Requirements
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or college study (must provide copy of transcript with registration)
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet
Instructors

Alisha Vorthmann, RN. BSN, teaches the anatomy and medical terminology portion of the class. Alisha received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in 2006. She has worked in the areas of medical surgical nursing, the cardiac cath lab and the cardiac center as well as mental health nursing.  Since 2009, Alisha has been passionate about teaching in the continuing health education department at Iowa Western. 

Vicki Workman, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC teaches the medical coding portion of the class.  Vicki currently works for CHI Health as a Coding Educator and Chart Reviewer for physician services.  She has been a past president and currently holds the membership chair for the local coding chapter, Metro Omaha Coders group.  Vicki's background includes working as a Medical Assistant before becoming a certified coder in 2000.  She enjoys teaching and helping others develop a passion for coding like she does.

Dawn Goodsell, RHIA, CCS, CPC, COC, CPC-I also teaches the medical coding portion of the class. Dawn has been working as a full-time faculty instructor at Metro Community College for 7 years and an additional 3 years prior as an adjunct faculty instructor in the HIM program. Prior to teaching full-time, Dawn worked for UNMC for nearly 25 years with coding, billing, auditing, and chart extracting. She is a lifelong learner, a strong advocate for education and helping people reach their full potential. 

Career and Salary Information

Most medical billing and coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices. Some find employment with long-term care facilities, home health services, private medical billing and coding companies, or with the government. Medical billing and coding careers are expected to grow 21% by 2020. Expected wage range is $14 - $20 per hour.

Fees

$2,995 includes books, handouts/resources, AAPC student membership for 1 year and CPC exam. Fee must accompany registration. Money order/cashier’s check/credit card only—no personal checks accepted. Pre-registration is required.  Registration deadline is January 15, 2018.

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information!

 

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Medical professions are growing, do you want to be a part of this expanding industry? Medical billing and coding professionals play a vital role in today's healthcare industry. It is how those in the healthcare field keep track of the data and paperwork involved with medical procedures, and keep information flowing efficiently between medical service providers and insurance companies. Complete a short-term career training program covering topics on anatomy, medical terminology, insurance, billing, coding, and prepares you to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. This program will provide you with the skills needed to begin a career in medical billing and coding. Fee $2955

Section # Location Day(s) Start Date Start Time Building Contact Number
HLTH 22*01 - CS18 Council Bluffs Campus TTh 01/18/2018 5:00-9:00PM TBA
48 sessions Call 712-325-3265

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