Medical Office Administration—Medical Billing and Coding Option

The Medical Office Administration—Medical Billing and Coding program prepares you for employment in various healthcare settings as they relate specifically to medical billing and coding. This includes

  • patient billing in various healthcare entities
  • medical coding in physician offices, outpatient and ambulatory care facilities

Course work includes medical terminology, medical insurance and billing, electronic health records, Microsoft Office, and extensive training in medical coding systems. Additionally, you will learn to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals. All course work provides a hands-on learning environment to prepare you for administrative work in healthcare. In addition, you have an opportunity to complete a work-based learning experience to earn real world healthcare related experience.

Successful graduates qualify for clerical/administrative positions in medical and dental offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and other healthcare-related entities. Successful students have the opportunity to sit for the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Medical Billing and Coding

The Medical Office Administration—Medical Billing and Coding program prepares you for employment in various healthcare settings as they relate specifically to medical billing and coding. This includes

  • patient billing in various healthcare entities
  • medical coding in physician offices, outpatient and ambulatory care facilities

Course work includes medical terminology, medical insurance and billing, electronic health records, Microsoft Office, and extensive training in medical coding systems. Additionally, you will learn to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals. All course work provides a hands-on learning environment to prepare you for administrative work in healthcare. In addition, you have an opportunity to complete a work-based learning experience to earn real world healthcare related experience.

Successful graduates qualify for clerical/administrative positions in medical and dental offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and other healthcare-related entities. Successful students have the opportunity to sit for the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

The full-time faculty in the Healthcare and Office Administration department are listed below:

Sheila Blower, Associate Professor
Julia Carlson, Associate Professor
Kathy Clark, Assistant Professor
Jo Ellen Connors, Instructor
Sandra Flynn, Instructor
Kim Jordan, Assistant Professor
Dreama Landacre, Associate Professor
Carrie Thurman, Associate Professor
Heather Turner, Associate Professor
Mary Woelfel, Associate Professor

Yes, financial aid is available. A link to the GTCC website for specific financial aid information is located below.

Financial Aid Information

The Medical Office Administration-Medical Billing and Coding program is offered both in a traditional (in seat) and online format.  Many students currently enrolled in the program work full time jobs and the online option gives them the needed flexibility to further their education while continuing to work. 

The only exception to this occurs if developmental math is required. Developmental math is not a program requirement, but a pre-requisite to AAS program level courses.  Developmental math is only offered in-seat. If a student is required to take developmental math, they should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that this does not delay their completion of the program.

Students interested in the online Medical Office Administration-Medical Billing and Coding program should contact the GTCC eDegree department.  A link to their website, which includes the application process, requirements, and frequently asked questions is located below.  Students interested in the online (eDegree) program are encouraged to apply.  Once established as an eDegree student, you will be given priority registration for online courses at GTCC.

[LINK TO EDEGREE PAGE TO BE ADDED LATER]

Currently, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) CPC® certification is the most-recognized medical coding certification in today’s healthcare industry, considered the “gold standard” for medical coding in the medical office setting. (www.aapc.com) Following successful completion of this degree, students are fully prepared to sit for this nationally recognized exam and become certified as a coder for the physician office setting.

GTCC is proud to hold a “Professional Medical Coding Curriculum” (PMCC) licensure through the AAPC which allows students enrolled in our program to sit for their CPC® exam right here on the GTCC campus! Students enrolled in our program are also offered significant discounts on membership and exam purchases through this licensure. In addition, financial aid may also cover some or all of these expenses.

Yes. In order to learn the art of coding, students are required to purchase the following coding manuals in addition to their standard textbooks: ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS. These books are shared across multiple courses and may also be used when taking the CPC® exam, should the student choose to do so.

Yes, courses within this program will prepare you for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. OST elective courses are available, in which these certification exams can be completed (OST-238), or the exams can be completed through Certiport®.  Please speak to your advisor for more information.

Each course required in the program will provide a list of required course materials to the GTCC book store each semester. Required course materials may include such items as:  textbook(s), access code(s) for additional learning platforms such as MyITLab, certification exam fees, webcam, microphone, flash drive, etc. Coding manuals are required to be purchased for this degree program (see question #5).  Required course supplies will also be listed on the course syllabus as well.

The Medical Office Administration-Medical Billing & Coding option is NOT a limited-enrollment program, so any student interested may pursue one of the degrees offered in the program.

It is best to take the required courses in the order they are shown in each semester layout. Many courses are prerequisites to other courses that are required in the following semester, meaning that one course must be completed before a student can proceed to the second-level course. If a student takes courses out of the layout order, there is a chance that they will miss a prerequisite requirement which may then delay completion of the degree by a semester or more.

Students are certainly free to move at a slower pace if they cannot take a full-time load of semester hours. However, keep in mind that this will lengthen the amount of time required to complete the degree. This not a bad thing! It is more important for a student to be working toward their goal of earning the degree they desire even if this means taking a little more time to do so.

It is always to the student's benefit to consult with their assigned advisor to discuss questions and concerns regarding the timeframe for completing the degree. The advisor can ensure that the student does not overlook completing a prerequisite course that may delay them in their program progression.