Medical Billing Specialist (MBS)

 

About


The Medical Billing Specialist (MBS) certificate program prepares students for employment in support positions such as medical billing, claims review, patient account or patient access representative, and a variety of other entry-level roles.

Students will learn about healthcare delivery, medical office procedures, medical billing and claims processing, and an introduction to medical coding.

This program will give the graduate tools to be a valuable resource to physician offices, large group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, and insurance organizations.

This program is offered in a fully online format. It begins in Winter quarter (January) and concludes at the end of Summer quarter (August).

 

Virtual Information Session

Please review the Virtual Information Session for a complete overview of the MBS certificate and related programs.

 

 

MBS Certificate

Here is a snapshot of what the program entails.

Prerequisite Requirements & Recommendations
Schedule of Classes
Program Costs
Entry Process

Prerequisite Requirements

Must be completed before beginning the MBS certificate core curriculum with a grade of C or higher:

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 credits)

Recommendations

We recommend completion of the following classes prior to beginning the Medical Billing Certificate program:

  • MATH 85 - Introduction to Algebra

This is a pre-requisite to the BUS 110 class. Completing MATH 85 prior to beginning the program will prevent delays.

  • OLL 101 - Online Learning

Recommended for students who are new to online learning.

Computer Skills Requirement

Students will be expected to have intermediate level computer skills and ability to navigate computer programs prior to beginning the Medical Billing Specialist (MBS) program.

All classes must be completed with grade C or higher
(48 total credits)


Pre-Requisite
Course Number Course Title Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
Medical Billing Specialist (MBS) Certificate Courses
Course Number Course Title Credits
  Winter Quarter = 13 credits  
HIT 130 Medical Terminology I 3
MO 101 Healthcare Delivery & Alternate Care
(prerequisite ENGL& 101 with grade C or higher)
5
CU 105 Word/Excel I 5
  Spring Quarter = 16 credits  
BUS 110 Business Math
(prerequisite Math 85)
5
MO 110 Medical Office Procedures 
(prerequisite CU 105, HIT 130, MO 101 with grade C or higher) 

5

HIT 141 Outpatient Diagnostic Coding 2
MO 159 Introduction to Outpatient Procedural Coding 4
    Summer Quarter = 14 credits  
MO 143 Professional Development and Ethics
(prerequisite MO 110 with grade C or higher)
3
MO 151 Insurance/Claims Processing
(prerequisite HIT 141, MO 159)
5
MO 185 Medical Billing Clinical 
(prerequisite MO 151 or concurrent)
3
CU 203 Excel II
(prerequisite CU 103 or CU 105)
3
    TOTAL CREDITS = 48

MBS Tuition and Costs

These figures are estimated costs. Students are encouraged to review the official tuition rate information here.

A full time student, averaging 15 credits per quarter can complete the MBS certificate program in 3 quarters (1 academic year) after meeting the pre-requisite. 

Estimated MBS Tuition and Costs
Tuition
(WA State Resident)

15 credits = $1,447.80 (1 quarter)
45 credits = $4,343.40 (3 quarters)
Books and Supplies 
$1,500 ($500 per quarter)
Course Fees $360
Student Approved Registration Fees
$563
  TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS 
$6,766.40

Process to enter the MBS Certificate program

This program does not have a formal application process. Students can register into the first core MBS class (MO 101) in winter quarter if the pre-requisite has been met (ENGL& 101). The class is limited to 25 students and is first come-first serve. After the class is full, students can be on a wait list, but there is no guarantee of admittance. 

 

Students who are new to TCC start at Step 1 below. Students who are already TCC students can begin at Step 3 below. All students should work with an Academic Advisor to plan class scheduling.

Steps

  1. Apply to the college to become a TCC student here. After completing the online application, students will receive a welcome admissions email with a student ID# in about 3 business days.
  2. Once the welcome admissions email has arrived, and a student ID issued, complete the section "Take the Next Steps" #2 - 6 to complete English and Math placement, complete New Student Orientation, connect with an Academic Advisor, and Register for classes.
  3. Complete any prerequisite or recommend courses prior to beginning the MBS program in winter quarter. (Note: Students should work with an Academic Advisor to plan these classes.)
  4. Once prerequisite classes have been met, students will be able to enroll into MBS classes without assistance.
  5. For MBS or Health Information Program specific questions, please contact: Corinne Jarvis, M.Ed, RHIA, CHDA - cjarvis@tacomacc.edu - 253-566-5077.

 

Contact Us

PROGRAM CHAIR

Corinne Jarvis

cjarvis@tacomacc.edu

253.566.5077