Pearl River Community College

Medical Billing and Coding

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Center and Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: Medical Billing and coding is a two-year program of study that is designed to prepare students for office positions in hospitals, doctor’s offices, health clinics, insurance companies, nursing homes, and other health-related organizations.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field:

  • A student enrolled in Medical Billing and Coding will develop skills using medical terminology, accounting, electronic health records, ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding, and computer software applications i.e., 3M Coding and Reimbursement software and Medisoft Patient Billing software.
  • Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They 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, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Debbie Ferrill - FCC
601.554.5512
dferrill@prcc.edu
Janice Stevens - POP
601.403.1104
jstevens@prcc.edu

Possible Careers in this Program: Students will be prepared to work in these environments as a medical biller, a medical coder, medical office assistant, medical file clerk and with additional course work can prepare for a future as an instructor in this field.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The demand for health services is expected to increase as an aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median annual wage for health information technicians was $38,040 or $18.29 per hour in May 2016. For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Mission of Program: The Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon the successful completion of the program.

Goals of Program: Upon successful completion of the program, the student should be qualified to sit for the Certified Professional Coding Exam (CPC) through AAPC. https://www.aapc.com/certification/medical-coding-certification.aspx