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Iowa Western Community College

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist

October 25, 2018 - May 18, 2019 

Registration deadline is October 18. Must provide copy of recent transcript (showing successful completion of anatomy & medical terminology classes) to process registration.

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 (class schedule included)
About the Program

This class is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. See brochure for schedule. Students should expect to spend at least 12 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
  • 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
  • Expertise in reviewing and assigning correct procedure and diagnostic codes
  • Preparation for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam 
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • Anatomy and Medical Terminology
    • successful completion of anatomy and medical terminology courses
    • copy of most recent transcript must be provided at time of registration
    • unofficial copy is acceptable
    • email transcript to ssplichal@iwcc.edu
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet

Colette Bernard CPC, CPMA, CRC has more than 20 years of experience in the medical field to include working with clinic staff, medical coders, compliance staff and physicians. Her experience includes medical student and coder tutoring, providing physician education and review of current compliance risk areas, and auditing documentation of all specialty types. Her past experience includes volunteering with the Omaha MOCA – AAPC chapter to provide ongoing coder education.  

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.


$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.  To register, call 712.325.3255. Must provide copy of recent transcript (showing successful completion of anatomy & medical terminology courses) to process registration. Registration deadline is October 18.

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

This class is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. The class includes anatomy and medical terminology; principles of medical billing; health insurance models; introduction to medical coding; process for filing a physician-based insurance claim; follow-up process for denials; and preparation for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam with the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders). Fee $2995

Section # Location Day(s) Start Date Start Time Building Contact Number
HLTH 22*01 - CF18 Council Bluffs Campus MTh 10/25/2018 5:00-9:00PM Looft Hall
2 sessions Call 712-325-3265

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