Medical Coding and Billing Professional

Master Medical Coding and Billing for a Detail-Oriented Career in Healthcare

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Program Overview

Are you detail-oriented and passionate about a career in healthcare? College of Western Idaho (CWI), in partnership with CareerStep, offer you the Medical Coding and Billing Professional program, tailored to your aspirations. This online, self-paced program provides an opportunity to step into a vital area of healthcare management. You will learn from industry experts about medical terminology, coding systems, and billing practices and develop skills crucial in managing healthcare information and ensuring accuracy in patient data.

This program is not just about learning; it is about preparing you to make a meaningful impact in healthcare settings. Mastering these skills, you will be ready to excel in a field that values precision and meticulousness. Upon completion, you will receive one free voucher to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Your training also includes AAPC membership and a voucher for the AAPC Practicode course.

Degree or Certificate Type




Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

12 months

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Learning Opportunities

  • Medical Terminology & Anatomy: Understand medical terms and body systems for accurate medical coding.
  • Coding Systems: Learn the details of ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS codes to maintain compliance and accuracy in healthcare documentation.
  • Healthcare Reimbursement: Grasp the complexities of insurance plans and healthcare reimbursement methods, making you a key contributor in healthcare finance.
  • Billing Software Proficiency: Become adept in using medical billing software, an essential tool for modern healthcare professionals.
  • Certification Exam Preparation: Prepare for industry-recognized certification exams, setting your path to become a certified coding and billing specialist.

Area of Study

Minimum age requirement to start this program is 18.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion




  • Program Cost

    Beyond the course fee of $3,699, students in the Medical Coding and Billing Professional program should anticipate additional expenses including:

    • AAPC membership – $160
    • Certification exam – $300

    Costs are estimated and may vary. Course fees and additional expenses are subject to change without notice.

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Career Opportunities

  • Computer User Support Specialists

    Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Excludes “Network and Computer Systems Administrators” (15-1244).


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  • Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

    Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.


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  • Medical Records Specialists

    Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system. Includes medical coders. Excludes “Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars” (29-9021) and “File Clerks” (43-4071).


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  • Computer Systems Analysts

    Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.


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  • Computer Network Support Specialists

    Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Excludes “Computer Network Architects” (15-1241) and “Network and Computer Systems Administrators” (15-1244).


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  • Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

    All health technologists and technicians not listed separately.


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  • Data Entry Keyers

    Operate data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing. Excludes “Word Processors and Typists” (43-9022).


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.



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    • a program overview and outline
    • cost and payment options
    • career information
    • and more.


  • Complete registration and payment through CareerStep.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to know medical terms or have taken a medical terminology course before enrolling in the Medical Coding and Billing Professional program?

    Students in the Medical Coding and Billing Professional program will highly benefit from solid experience with medical terminology and anatomy and physiology as the course content covers diagnosis, procedures, and a basic overview of the body systems. As such, it is highly recommended students take a medical terminology class or have this experience prior to enrolling in the program. 

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