Healthcare Billing and Coding

Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Specialized Diploma

Program Narrative

Northampton's Office Administration specialized diploma programs are designed to prepare you to enter a modern office setting in a short time frame. The programs offer career-specific coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within three part-time semesters. Each program provides course offerings that prepare you to work as a team player in a specialized office environment.

Your studies will include state-of-the-art office equipment and computer software. You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively with other people in an office environment. We emphasize development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking, priority setting, and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.

Graduates of this specialized diploma program often go on to gain employment and then pursue NCC's Healthcare Office Specialist Certificate or Healthcare Office Coordinator associate degree.

Program Features

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled medical biller and coder. A medical biller and coder translates healthcare procedures into standardized code for use by insurance companies, while also compiling and submitting claims to insurance companies and billing patients.

Courses for the healthcare pathways include Basics of Human Anatomy and Physiology, CPT Coding Methodology, and PCS Coding Methodologies. We have an excellent record of employment for our graduates in a full range of healthcare settings.

Graduates of this specialized diploma program can also continue on to complete the Healthcare Office Specialist certificate, as well as the Healthcare Office Coordinator associate degree, with ease.

View Gainful Employment information for the Health Care Billing and Coding Program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will:

  • Identify the appropriate documentation that is required for billing and reimbursement.
  • Categorize patient health conditions and treatments to assign proper codes.
  • Apply the appropriate coding system: ICD codes to diagnosis/procedures, HCPCS codes to medical equipment, supplies, etc., and CPT codes to procedures for health records and billing.
  • Apply patient accounting principles and reimbursements.
  • Analyze patient records to maximize reimbursement.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this healthcare career pathway include:

  • Hospitals
  • Community Health Centers
  • Ambulatory Surgical Units
  • Outpatient Laboratory Centers
  • Physician's Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Elder Care Facilities

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 or for further information.

Healthcare Billing and Coding

Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
BIOS130 Basics of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
HCOA154 Medical Terminology 3
Second Semester
HCOA172 Health Insurance Basics 3
HCOA175 ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Methodologies 3
HCOA176 CPT Coding Methodology 3
Third Semester
ACCT100 Accounting for Non-Accountants 3
HCOA177 Health Information Technology 3
HCOA270 Advanced Coding for Medical Services 3
HCOA275 Capstone Simulation for Coding 2
  Total Credits 27

Career Potential: Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Coder, Medical Records Clerk, Patient Account Representative