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Penn College North Campus Offers Medical Billing Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s North Campus is offering classes for a medical billing and coding specialist certificate.

The part-time certificate curriculum is approved by the National Healthcareer Association, which certifies the competency of newly trained professionals in allied health.

The billing and coding classes are for those interested in obtaining the skills needed to work in the handling of proper insurance claims in a physician’s office or medical insurance company using CPT and ICD-9-CM for coding. Students must complete 132 hours to sit for the NHA certification exam.

The noncredit classes will be offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 13 to March 15 at the North Campus, located three miles east of Wellsboro. Some of the topics covered are medical terminology, medical insurances and third-party reimbursements, filing claims, completing common insurance forms, delinquent and denied claims, and billing procedures.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of billing and coding specialists is expected to increase greatly over the next 10 years. Obtaining NHA certification can give individuals the competitive edge to obtain a job or promotion. Prospective students must have either a high school diploma or GED diploma. Students must successfully complete the North Campus NHA-approved program to take the NHA certification exam for designation as a certified billing and coding specialist.

The cost of the program, including books and certification exam fees, is $1,695. Sufficient enrollment must be met for the college to offer the class.

For more information, or to register, contact the North Campus at 570-724-7703.

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