Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Telcida Dolcine-Sinclair, Coordinator, MPH, RMA, CPT, EMT-B

In this era of technology, there is a rapid change in the Health Care Industry, especially Electronic Health Records, and the Billing & Coding industry. The implementation of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS has created a huge job market for new students and new job opportunities for those already in the Billing & Coding business.

A program certificate is awarded for satisfying all program requirements: Complete 4 Required and 2 Elective courses (of the 9 classes listed).


Required Courses

Medical Billing Introduction & Computer Practice Management with Job Search Preparation

 Clare Natel, RN, BS, MBA

Learn the fundamentals of Medical Office Billing with the hands-on management of a medical practice using the Medisoft Advanced Patient Accounting software. Simulate an on-the-job setting with an in-depth look into the business practices of a successful medical practice. Topics include: setting up and managing a medical practice, using the universal coding system to prepare medical claims to third party payers, government and insurance regulations, maintaining good patient medical and financial records.

To fully prepare the student for successful and professional marketing objectives, this course continues with additional focus on the challenges of the job interview and establishing a top-notch resume and effective cover letter, along with follow-up procedures for job interviews and salary negotiation. Required Textbook: Computers in the Medical Office (ninth edition) by Susan M. Sanderson, available at the QCC Bookstore.

Recommended for class: Basic computer skills, USB 2.0 “thumb drive” device

MBX-125       10 sessions (35 hours) / $795

R                Thurs., 6-9:30pm, Feb. 28-May 9 (skip 4/25)

4 classroom sessions: Feb. 28-March 21

4 computer lab sessions: March 28-April 18

2 Job Search sessions

(Computer Lab): May 2 & 9

Medical Terminology and Systems I & II

Sergeo Guilbaud, MHA, Education Director, L.I. College Hospital

Study medical terminology through root words, prefixes, and suffixes to explain and describe the human body. Learn abbreviations, correct pronunciation, spelling and use of medical terms. Required Textbook: Medical Terminology for Health Professions (eighth edition) by Ann Ehrlich, available at the QCC Bookstore.

MBX-126              8 sessions (16 hours) / $275 plus $10 payable at first class meeting

W                 Wed., 7-9pm, Feb. 27-April 17

ICD Coding 10

Telcida Dolcine-Sinclair, MPH, RMA, CPT, EMT-B

Focus on diagnostic coding through use of the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (CMS) Procedure Coding (PCS) systems.  Course completion in conjunction with the CPT coding course (MBX-103 below) enables obtaining maximum reimbursements on claims. Required Manuals: ICD-10 CM 2018 and The Complete Diagnosis Coding Solution, 3rd Edition, available at the QCC Bookstore.

MBX-104    8 sessions (24 hours) / $345

M                Mon., 6:30-9:30pm, Feb. 25-April 15

CPT Coding

Warren J. Goodman, DPM

Learn  the  universal  medical  coding  system to  select  the  correct   procedural  code(s)  for bill submission to maximize reimbursement. Required Manuals: CPT Manual 2018 AMA and The Complete Diagnosis Coding Solution, 3rd Edition, available at the QCC Bookstore.

MBX-103    8 sessions (24 hours) / $345

WP             Wed., 5:30-8:30pm, Feb. 27-April 17

Elective Courses

Electronic Health Records (EHR) & Health Information Data Management

Natalya Margolina, MA

Students will explore the new technology in Electronic Health Records, and they will benefit from hands-on software in industry, including standard electronic health records, medical office management, billing, and coding. Class will be held in computer lab: please bring your own Flash Drive to class to save your in-class work. Required Textbook: Electronic Health Records with software (3rd edition) by Byron Hamilton, available at the QCC Bookstore.

MBX-005    6 sessions (18 hours) / $345

SA           Sat., 9:30am-12:30pm, March 2-April 6

Anatomy and Physiology

Miguel Oquendo, MD

Understand the location and functions of the organs of the human body.  Learn about the body system, including how the cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive systems work together, and some common conditions of the human body. Topics covered include the body cavities, body planes and directions, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. This course is helpful to understand ICD-10 (MBX-104: Required course previous page).

Required Textbook: Fundamentals of Anatomy

& Physiology (4th edition) by Donald C. Rizzo, available at the QCC Bookstore.

MBX-101       8 Sessions (24 hours) / $345

R                Thurs., 6:30-9:30pm, Feb. 28-April 18

Introduction to Pharmacology

Roya Songhorian, Pharm-D.RPH

Learn definition of key pharmacology terms; classification of drugs based on preparation; types and uses of drugs; system of measurement of medication; federal laws on the 5 levels of controlled substances and OSHA regulations; and; reaction of drugs. No Textbook Required.

MBX-108    4 sessions (12 hours) / $195

T                 Tues., 6-9pm, March 26-April 16

Medical Law and Therapeutic Communication

Telcida Dolicine-Sinclair, MPA, RMA, CPT, EMT-B

Provide registrants with the foundation to recognize, understand, and resolve legal and ethical issues as it relates to their work in health care. Discuss various communications strategies with various demographics.

MBX-136      9 sessions (18 hours) / $345

Fri, 2:15-4:15pm, March 1-May 10 (skip 4/19, 26)

SP              6 sessions (18 hours) / $345

Sat, 1-4pm, March 2-April 6


Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Maria Oquendo-Huertas, MD

This introductory course provides registrant with the basic skills to be able to conduct a medical interview, including Spanish grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Required Textbook: Spanish and the Medical Interview, 2nd Edition, available at the QCC Bookstore.

MBX-144              8 sessions (24 hours) / $345

T              Tues, 6:30-9:30pm, Feb. 26-April 16

Medical Office Biller

What Medical Office Billers Do:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, which includes Medical Billers, organize and manage health information data and ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries. Most Medical Office Billers work in hospitals and physicians’ offices.

Salary Information:

Median Hourly Wage: $18.21 in New York State

Median Annual Wage: $37,900 in New York State

The lowest 10% earn $12.24 hourly and $25,500 annually in NYS

*Please note: The median wage is an average wage. Salary may increase as Medical Office Biller’s experience and education increases. Industry also will affect salary – private doctors’ offices generally pay less, hospitals more. The lowest 10% of salary may reflect those with the least experience.

Career Outlook:

According to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (which includes Medical Office Billers) is projected to grow +20% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, as the demand for health services is expected to increase.

To speak to an Advisor, contact:
Josephine Troia, MS Ed.
Advising, career counseling and job search assistance are offered at no charge to students during and upon completion of any course or program at Queensborough Community College, Division of Pre-College, Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

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