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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Medical Coder-Biller?
A. Medical Coder/Billers review and analyze medical records and assign the appropriate diagnostic and/or procedure codes to medical conditions specific to the patient. These codes can then be used for many purposes including health insurance claims processing and medical research.

Q. When does the program start and what is the target review date for the program?
A. The program begins every August and January. Requests for milestone reviews can be made year-round.

Q. What are the program requirements?
A.  To be eligible for the program, you must be a current student at Miami Dade College and request a milestone review at the Program Request page.

Q. What are the selection criteria?
A.  Students who have earned an A.A., A.S., A.A.S., or higher degree or have passed the C.P.T./PERT test on their first attempt or have met the CLAS requirement are exempt from the T.A.B.E. Test. For more information see the testing criteria for Career and Technical Education Programs.

The T.A.B.E. requirement can be waived by the following:

  1. Taking the exam and scoring the minimum grade
  2. Passing ENC1101 and MAT1033 or higher
  3. Taking the PERT and scoring into ENC1101 and MAT1033 or higher
  4. Having an AS or AA or higher degree awarded
  5. Being exempt from placement exams (students must have graduated from a FL public high school after 2007 with a standard diploma)

Q. Can I request a milestone review if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. Students must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. There are no required general education or science courses.


Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. Upon completion of the program you will receive a Career Technical Certificate.


Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. This is an evening program with some courses offered through Virtual College or as Hybrid courses. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday starting at 5:30 PM. 


Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. This program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week. Students should also consider family responsibilities before committing to a full-time accelerated program.

 

Q. Can the Medical Coding program be taken part time?
A. Yes, students are not required to go full time. If someone wants to go part time, they can take two or three classes a semester. However, it will take a year to a year and a half to complete the program, and going part time may affect financial aid. Be sure to check with your financial aid adviser.

 

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A.  A state exam or license is not required to work in the profession. However, since certification increases employment opportunities, we encourage students to sit for certification as soon as possible. Graduates from this program can sit for coding credentialing exams offered by both the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders.


Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, the range is from 32,965 to 56,700, with an average salary of $44,400, according to Salary.com.