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  • Online Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding for Health Care Professionals

    ***The Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding program is currently not accepting applications. Please check back for further updates.***

    Drexel University’s online Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding for Health Care Professionals offers the opportunity for those with prior health care experience to prepare for medical billing and coding certification with an 18-credit plan of study designed with your expertise in mind. Whether you're looking to expand your career opportunities within health care or are working in a laboratory setting as a Histotechnologist or Pathologists’ Assistant, the skill sets learned in Drexel’s online Medical Billing and Coding program will prepare you to work with laboratory and hospital administrators to determine relevant workload statistics and assign, capture, and transmit relevant revenue statistics to hospital administrators and third-party payors.

    Upon completion of the program, you'll have a basis understanding of medical billing, anatomy, software, and terminology, as well as physician and hospital-based medical coding. In addition, the Medical Billing and Coding skill set is a recognized asset that will allow you to create opportunities for advancement in your professional career.

    Program Features

    • Gain an understanding of the four main coding manuals - CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS
    • Upon completing the program, you will be qualified to sit for the associated national certification exams, including the:
      • American Health Information Management Association
        Certified Coding Associate (CCA®), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®), or Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based (CCS-P®) Board Exam - The CCS & CCS-P credentials
      • AAPC
        Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Outpatient Coder (COCTM) [formerly CPC-H®], Certified Inpatient Coder (CICTM), or Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) Board Exam

    What will I learn in this program?

    Upon Graduation, you will be able to:

    • Apply the principles of billing & coding in the CPT manual
    • Complete the UM-04 form on documentation
    • List and describe the purposes of the ICD-10-CM
    • Assign ICD-10-CM codes to the highest level of specificity
    • Apply the medical record chart requirements based on the review process
    • Demonstrate knowledge of CPT section medical terminology
    • Describe the basics of hospital regulations guiding medical billing & coding
    • Apply the principles of billing and coding in their facility or within a professional practice
    • Synthesize medical terminology and anatomy knowledge into billing and coding assignments

    Questions? We're Here to Help!

    Gina Yacovelli, DHSc, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPB
    Director, Medical Billing and Coding Program

    This program is only available on a part-time basis.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses  
    DMBC 322 Diagnostic Coding I 3.0
    DMBC 324 Diagnostic Coding II 3.0
    DMBC 323 Procedural Coding I 3.0
    DMBC 325 Procedural Coding II 3.0
    DMBC 326 Understanding Insurance, Administration, and the Law for Medical Billers & Coders 3.0
    DMBC 327 Virtual Lab for Medical Billers & Coders 3.0
    Total Credits

    Admissions Criteria

    • A high school diploma or GED
    • Prerequisite coursework, with grades of C or above, one course of each: Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Patho-physiology, and Pharmacology

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 0-1 is $0 per credit.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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