Medical Billing and Coding

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Program Description

The Medical Billing and Coding Program is designed for persons interested in becoming medical billers and coders. Medical coders check medical records and notes to assign codes for illnesses, injuries, procedures and diagnoses. Medical billers know insurance plans, regulations, and guidelines. Both use this knowledge to assign codes for preparing insurance claims and preparing invoices. They maintain records in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. 

Career Opportunities

Medical billers and coders work in inpatient facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) and outpatient facilities (clinics, physician offices, ambulatory clinics, etc).  Graduates may also be employed by state or federal health agencies, insurance firms, or pharmaceutical companies. See Health and Wellness » Medical Billing and Coding for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of SPSCC’s Billing and Coding One Year Certificate Program are prepared to use their skills in critical thinking and data analysis as well as their understanding of relationships and responsibilities to:

  • Demonstrate competencies as a valuable member of the administrative medical office team by accurately performing billing and coding procedures to effectively and efficiently process medical claims
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors within the medical billing and coding work environment
  • Communicate effectively and professionally electronically, orally, and in writing with peers, clients, and other health care professionals in a diverse interdisciplinary environment

Program Requirements

All MED courses must be completed with a “C" or better to continue in and complete the program, and no MED courses completed more than 5 years prior to completion of the program will be accepted as part of the program.


Entry into the Medical Billing and Coding Program does not guarantee students a job placement, nor does it guarantee a practicum placement in Thurston County. Practicum placements require successful interviews and background checks.  Due to increased competition for practicum placements with other schools in Washington State, South Puget Sound Community College cannot guarantee that the practicum will be in the last quarter of the program or that it will be located within Thurston County.

Additional Costs

(dollar values are approximate and subject to change):

TB testing & immunization may be required by some externship sites       Cost Varies
Washington State Patrol background check                                                $12.00
Malpractice insurance                                                                                  $18.00
AAPC annual student fee                                                                             $80.00

Additional Program Information



Educational Plan

Medical Billing and Coding

Certificate of Completion 
62-64 credits 

Core Requirements

No course description for: OFTEC101
No course description for: OFTEC108
No course description for: BIOL&175

No course description for: MED102
No course description for: MED103
No course description for: MED104
No course description for: MED110
No course description for: MED111
No course description for: MED115
No course description for: MED120
No course description for: MED130
No course description for: MED169


General Education Requirement

No course description for: ENGL&101

5 Credits in COMPUTATION
MATH 101 or any math class listed under the Quantitative Category on the Distribution Requirements for General Education for the Associate in Arts /Associate in Science direct transfer degrees

3-5 credits - Choose from General Education AAS list.

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised May, 2016