The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level medical billing and coding positions in ambulatory care treatment centers such as clinics, physician practices, managed care organizations, private billing services, and insurance companies.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and cultural competency skills according to ambulatory care professional practice standards.
- Apply critical thinking skills to decision-making processes in accordance with ambulatory care standards and best practices.
- Apply legal and ethical concepts and principles applicable to ambulatory care setting regulations and guidelines.
- Use health information technologies commonly used in ambulatory care settings.
- Apply anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology concepts in the ambulatory care coding function.
- Apply clinical nomenclatures, vocabularies, classification systems, and revenue cycle management.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
High school graduate or GED.
Formal application and admission to the Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based certificate program is required.
Ability to fully participate in professional practice in the health care settings.
Applications can be obtained from advisement or from the College website.
Background Check Requirements
Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Spring Semester (Term 1) Fall Semester (Term 1)
Summer Semester (Term 2) Spring Semester (Term 2)
Fall Semester (Term 3) Summer Semester (Term 3)
Spring Semester (Term 4) Fall Semester (Term 4)
Spring Semester (Term 5)
There is no Part-time option for the Gateway Community College pathway map option.
Fall Semester (Term 1)
Spring Semester (Term 2)
Summer Semester (Term 3)
Fall Semester (Term 4)
Spring Semester (Term 5)
Fall Semester (Term 6)
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=140622).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.