Medical Billing and Coding

Educational Objectives

This program has been designed to fulfill the market demand for trained health system coders for the private practice setting. Emphasis is on students’ ability to analyze
medical records and identify and properly assign ICD-10-CM and CPT codes to diagnoses and procedures as well as have a comprehensive understanding of insurance and billing.

Upon successful completion of the 30 week, 900 hour didactic training students will complete a 320 hour, 8 week externship in a health system billing and coding trainee capacity. Graduates of the program will have skills useable for positions in health insurance companies, physician offices and billing services. Graduates will also qualify to sit for the following certification exams: AAPC’s CPC exam (certified professional coder) and CPB exam (certified professional biller.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED, obtain acceptable scores on ConnCAT’s assessment testing battery and successfully complete an interview with the admissions panel.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, obtain acceptable scores on the Key Train Assessment in math, reading and locating information and successfully complete an interview with an admissions panel.
  • A criminal background check will be done prior to enrollment, and any offense(s) will be evaluated and may impact acceptance decisions.
  • Students are required to have a recent physical exam and TB test (within six months prior to the externship).

Course Details

Course Length

  • 30 weeks: Classroom instruction
  • 8 weeks: Externship at a medical institution

Course Length

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at ConnCAT
  • Externship schedule determined by extern site

Course Outline and Hours

Course Outline
Clock Hours
Communications/Professional Development
Introduction to Computers
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding
Health Information Management (HIM)
International Classification of Disease (ICD) coding
Math/ Financial Literacy
Medical Terminology/Anatomy/Physiology and Disease Pathophysiology
Externship Training (eight weeks)
Total Clock Hours