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Medical Billing Specialist Certificate FAQ

What does a medical billing specialist do and where are they employed?

Medical billers play a critical role in the financial aspects of a physician’s practice. They report the patient’s diagnosis and the services rendered to that patient using special medical codes. These codes are included on the bills submitted to insurance companies, managed care plans, and Medicare.  Medical billers are employed by physicians’ offices, clinics, and billing services.

What salary can I expect to earn?

Salaries vary by job function, however, a medical biller working in a physician’s office, for example, typically earns approximately $14.00 per hour as a starting salary.

How do I get started?

There are no screening requirements for the billing certificate. You do not need to attend an information session or take the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX). To get started, follow the steps to apply and enroll.

I have previous college courses, will they count in the program?

If evaluated by Admissions and Recruitment as equivalent to courses in the program they will be transferable and streamline your course load. Complete a Request for Evaluation of Prior College Transcripts and return the form to the Welcome and One Stop Center

When are classes offered?

A number of classes can be completed face-to-face both day and evening, online, or in a blended format. Currently four out of the seven classes can be completed online. The billing certificate includes the introductory CPT coding course and the introductory ICD-10-CM course. There is no Professional Practice Experience (clinical) course in the certificate program.

How long does it take to complete the certificate program?

There are seven courses in the certificate program (please refer to the college catalog for the list of courses). The certificate can be completed in as little as one year or students can elect to take only one or two classes per semester over a longer period of time.

Is there a required certification exam upon completion of this program?

No external examination is required upon completion of the billing certificate program, however all of the courses may be applied to the Health Information Technology associate degree program if the student desires to progress in the future to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).