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Certified Billing and Coding Specialist

Registration for CBCS is open
COST

CBCS Tuition: $2,600

Non-refundable registration fee: $100


Background check, NHA Exam fee, and Coding Manuals are required at the student's expense.

Class info

14-week program


100% online

Meets virtually 2 days each week

3 hours each day


Class size: 12 students

Space is limited, please register early to secure your spot

   start dates   

Spring 2023

Rolling Admission 


Please apply online and Program Director will contact you directly

All classes meet virtually on Tuesday and Thursday each week.


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* All times listed are Central Time

**Additional start dates will be added if enrollment permits

   Overview   

The Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)  program at Saint Joseph's College offers students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become a certified medical billing and coding specialist in the fast-paced, electronically-ran healthcare field. As part of earning their medical billing and coding certificate, students learn how to accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and medical services as part of the insurance reimbursement process.


Many people find adding a medical billing and coding specialist certification to their list of professional credits beneficial. Medical billing and coding specialists work in a variety of places, including health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and medical laboratories, or could even work from home through some facilities! A medical billing and coding specialist helps the healthcare facility manage insurance claims, invoices, and payments. The day-to-day work of a medical coding and billing specialist includes:

  • Properly coding services, procedures, diagnoses, and treatments.

  • Preparing and sending invoices or claims for payment.


Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for their CBCS national certification exam.  The certification is through the National Healthcareers Association (NHA).


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350 and work in one of the fastest growing professions. The BLS also estimates that at least 37,100 new jobs will be needed in this profession by 2030.

  Course topics  

In the Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program, the skills and topics you will learn include:

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • HIPAA

  • Releasing Patient Information

  • Informed & Implied Consent

  • Use & Disclosure

  • Fraud & Abuse

  • Major Laws & Regulations

  • Claims Processing

  • Claim Transmission Errors

  • Resubmission Methods

  • CMS-1500

  • Service & Diagnosis Codes

  • Modifiers & Procedural Codes

  • Insurance Fundamentals

  • PPO & HMO

  • Verifying Insurance Eligibility

  • Preauthorization, Precertification & Predetermination

  • Payment Adjudication

  • ICD-9/ICD-10 Coding

  • HCPCS

  • CPT

   Contact us  

Interested in learning more about the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist program?

Contact Program Director Hali Chapman at

 hchapman@saintjoe.edu 

219-866-6000 ext. 2022

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
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