Medical Billing Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The Medical Billing Certificate

  • Is designed around the national American Academy of Professional Coder's (AAPC) Certified Professional Biller (CPB) curriculum.
  • Provides the students with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills in the health insurance industry, legal and regulatory issues, and differences in reimbursement methodologies.
  • Teaches principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission and payment processing, and the follow up process.

You can use this to:

  • Prepare for for the AAPC's CPB™ certification exam.
  • Prepare for a career in a medical billing department at a physician's office, clinic, or similar positions.

This certificate is an adjunct to the Administrative Medical Assistant Program. It allows the student to further their education in medical billing needed in the doctor's office and advance in their profession. The student is likely to receive higher wages if certified.

What will I learn?

  • To utilize software in the completion of Health Information Management (HIM) processes for billing, data collection, and data reporting.
  • To evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural billing.
  • To apply policies and procedures to the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement.
  • To analyze current regulations and established guidelines in billing systems.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses

Medical Assisting Core Courses

Required Courses

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 17.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

17.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $782 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,020* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,802 for 2 semesters


17.0 units

at $388 per unit

Equals $6,596 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,020* for books and supplies

Total cost $7,616 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.