Frequently Asked Questions: Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding

What will I learn in the Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding degree and certificate programs at Berkeley College?

Curricula in the Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding programs focus on the structure and dynamics of the healthcare industry with:

  • An emphasis on technology and specialized software to collect, process, and use information essential to the healthcare industry and its clients
  • Training in communications between healthcare providers and private and governmental funding agencies
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments
  • A seamless transition between the Certificate and Associate's degree programs

What are the Admissions requirements for Berkeley College?

The College considers students for admission to degree and certificate programs on the basis of future potential, the motivation and interest to succeed in a chosen profession, and past academic achievement.

Graduation from high school or the equivalent is a basic requirement for admission to degree and certificate programs. In evaluating candidates, the Committee on Admissions takes into consideration your individual interests, your motivation to succeed in a chosen profession, and prior academic achievement. Basic requirements for admission include graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent and an entrance exam or SAT/ACT scores. Applicants to the School of Health Studies have additional requirements. Documentation of successful completion of high school or the equivalent must be submitted to the College prior to starting classes. 

A personal interview is strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of their choice to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Associate. For further information, students may also call the College at 866-317-6087 ext. WC1 or email info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

What is the application deadline to apply?

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate.

Can I study the Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding programs at any campus?

No. The Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding degree program is only offered at the campuses in New York City, White Plains, Newark, Woodbridge, Woodland Park, and Berkeley College Online®.  The Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding certificate program is only offered at the campus in Woodland Park.

What kind of job can I get with a degree or certificate in Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding?

The largest employers of medical records and health information technicians include:

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Administrative and support services
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)

Typical tasks performed by medical coders include:

  • Communicating with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to categorize the services a patient received
  • Applying standardized codes to patient records to accurately reflect the services received
  • Entering data through electronic health record and electronic medical record software used in hospitals and physicians’ offices
  • Examining patient charts and histories to ensure coding accurately reflects a patient’s medical care

Typical tasks performed by medical billers include:

  • Submitting claims to insurance companies
  • Managing account payments and invoices
  • Investigating rejected or denied claims
  • Verifying the accuracy of standard healthcare codes used by medical coders to classify services and products

Courses provide students with the required knowledge and skills to become nationally certified. Graduates of the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding (MIBC) degree and certification programs are eligible to participate in field-specific certification examinations.

Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding graduates.

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