Medical Billing, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

Medical billing professionals process and follow-up on claims submitted to health insurance companies for reimbursement of services performed by health care providers, such as physicians.  

The Certificate of Technology in Medical Billing is designed to teach all aspects of billing and medical coding. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to apply to take the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination, administered by the American Association of Professional Coders.  

Career Opportunities

Program graduates are qualified for entry-level positions such as medical claims specialists, billing specialists, and medical coders in physicians' offices, clinics, insurance companies, and other ambulatory care facilities. 

Earning Potential

State average salary by job category:

  Texas Billing and Posting Clerk average salary:  $41,5341

National average salary by job responsibility:

  Coding/Billing:  $54,8902

National average salary by credential:

Certified Professional Biller (CPB) average salary:  $55,0782

Certified Professional Coder (CPC) average salary: $57,2012

For more information, students may email HealthInformationManagement@sjcd.edu or call 281-459-7608.

Campus

North Campus

This Medical Coding program includes one clinical (practicum) course. Clinicals are unpaid experiences in which students are supervised by a billing professional at the health care facility. Clinicals are scheduled during the day shift according to the availability of the site supervisor. The program cannot guarantee a specific site, but every effort will be made to accommodate the student. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the clinical site. A criminal background check is required of all program students and must be submitted prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella, completion of the Hepatitis B series and annual Tuberculosis screening are also required prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Drug screening may be required by the clinical site.  

Plan of Study

North Campus
4HITT-MDBC

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
HITT 1374 Anatomy and Physiology 3
HITT 1378 Medical Insurance 3
ITSC 1309
Integrated Software Applications I
or Business Computer Applications
3
 Credits12
Second Term
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
 Credits12
Third Term
HITT 2145 Billing Certification Exam Review 1
HITT 1377 Clinical - Medical Billing 3
 Credits4
 Total Credits28

External Field Experience: HITT 1377 Clinical - Medical Billing

Note: Students must pass each HITT course listed in all health information management AAS degrees and certificate of technology plans with a grade of C to be eligible to receive either the degree or any of the certificates.