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Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Program Overview

Medical billing and its related occupations are expected to grow much faster than average in the health care industry.* Give yourself an advantage as more and more insurance companies, medical offices and clinics look to hire well-schooled and experienced professionals.

You can learn the basic concepts and procedures to perform the tasks involved in health insurance as well as insurance claim forms. You can also gain knowledge of basic coding definitions and how to apply those codes to medical documentation.

Medical Billing and Coding Classes

Hands-on education includes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Claims processing/collection strategies
  • Current procedural coding
  • Diagnostic coding

This program offers simulated practice where you manually and electronically prepare insurance claims. You may practice interviewing and documenting skills to obtain the necessary patient information for successfully completing and managing claims.

To succeed in this field, you may need to possess a combination of skills. A thorough knowledge of medical terminology, preparing and processing of insurance claims, set up and maintenance of patient records, and proper code selection and application are all essential tools for this profession. Strong computer and keyboarding skills are also vital to the effectiveness of these jobs.

Medical Billing and Coding Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities include:

  • Medical insurance biller
  • Medical receptionist

*O*NET Online, Medical Secretaries - Accessed June 20, 2011.

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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

  • For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Portland Program Disclosures.
  • Completion rates for this program*:
    • For those full-time students who enrolled in this program July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013, fewer than 10 students completed for the enrollment cohort. The completion percentage has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.

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