Medical Office Administration: Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Program Description

Craven’s Medical Office Administration curriculum prepares individuals for employment in medical and other health-care related offices. Emphasis is placed on developing office skills and knowledge of medical terms.

Medical Office Administration students may earn associate in applied science degrees in two core areas (General Office and Medical Billing and Coding). Depending on the specialty path selected, coursework includes medical terminology; information systems; office management; medical coding; billing and insurance; legal and ethical issues; and formatting and word processing. Students will learn to provide office support to medical facilities including records management, medical report production, patient interface, insurance and billing responsibilities, telephone interaction, and confidentiality

The curriculum includes study in written communications, psychology, and humanities/fine arts.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and interpersonal skills needed to function in a diverse medical office environment.
  • Produce and organize a variety of business and medical documents following current healthcare standards.
  • Demonstrate competency in the use of medical-specific software.
  • Produce accurate documentation for out-patient medical diagnoses and procedures.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include

  • medical offices
  • dental offices
  • hospitals
  • insurance companies
  • laboratories
  • medical supply companies
  • other health-care related organizations.

Contact Information

MOA Program Coordinator
252-638-1367

Health Programs Admissions Office
252-639-2025

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

First Semester

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course provides instruction on the skills and procedures needed in today's medical office. Topics include medical data entry, medical communications, phone etiquette, use and maintenance of office equipment, inventory control, patient scheduling, and managing the financial aspects of a practice. Upon completion, students should be able to display skills and decision-making abilities essential in the medical office.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in the language of medicine. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Second Semester

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course provides an in-depth study of diagnostic coding. Emphasis is placed on ICD coding system. Upon completion, students should be able to properly code diagnoses in a medical facility.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: MED-121 or OST-141
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces fundamentals of medical insurance and billing. Emphasis is placed on the medical billing cycle to include third party payers, coding concepts, and form preparation. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the life cycle of and accurately complete a medical insurance claim.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides in-depth coverage of procedural coding. Emphasis is placed on CPT and HCPCS coding systems. Upon completion, students should be able to properly code procedures and services performed in a medical facility.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: MED-121 or OST-141
  • Corequisites:
    None