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Insurance Billing Specialist

Certificate of Achievement

The Insurance Billing Specialist program is designed to train students to: receive medical claim forms; abstract medical information such as diagnosis, prognosis, and dates of treatment from patient records; complete forms; and answer inquiries from doctors, patients, and insurance companies. Billing specialists must have knowledge of medical terminology, diagnostic and procedural coding, as well as the legal requirements for release of medical information. Upon completion of all required courses, students are placed in an internship at a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skills acquired in class to the workplace. A Statement of Eligibility for Internship, a health statement and physical examination, a current CPR certificate, keyboarding proficiency, basic word processing skills, and completion of all required courses with a grade of “C” or better are required prior to entry into an internship (HTCH 54A). Upon completion of the certificate, students are prepared to pursue the following career options: Insurance Biller, Medical File Clerk, Patient Account Representative, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Office Management.

Program Requirements (23 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HTCH001Introduction to Health Care1 unit
HTCH002Medical Information Processing2 units
HTCH005Basic Medical Terminology3 units
HTCH006Advanced Medical Terminology3 units
HTCH007Medical Ethics & Law2 units
HTCH008Communication for Health Care Personnel2 units
HTCH041Medical Office Business Procedures3 units
HTCH042Insurance Billing and Coding2 units
HTCH043Basic Medical Accounting and Record Keeping3 units
HTCH054AInternship for Health Care Technologies2 units

Recommended Electives (0 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HTCH044Electronic Medical Records2 units

Total Certificate Units: 23 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe and Identify the ways that medical insurance billers help ensure the financial success of physician practices and ambulatory settings
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to complete and submit a professional claim on behalf of medical providers.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to work with diagnostic and procedural coding systems.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge to work as a liaison between the doctor and insurance companies
Last Updated 7/19/23