BIR Training Center: Health Information Technology (Billing and Coding Certificate) School in Chicago
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Health Information Technology

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What is Health Information Technology?

Health Information Technology is one of the top 10 growing fields. The ever expanding healthcare industry is experiencing a high demand for professionals with knowledge of medical coding, medical billing, and medical records and medical office administration. Many people are finding satisfying and well-paying jobs as medical office professionals. Whether working in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, or running your own business, this field is projected to provide people with stable and well paid work.

A good medical coding specialist is the doctor’s key to getting paid. If you want a job with high earning potential and you want a career in one of the largest and fastest growing industries, then you want a career as a medical biller, medical coder, medical office administrative assistant, or medical records technician.

BIR's Program

BIR’s Health Information Technology program provides comprehensive training in medical terminology and anatomy; procedural and diagnostic coding; manual and electronic billing; as well as medical office administration. Students develop medical office management skills, learn to process insurance claims using industry-standard medical billing software, and learn to code medical diagnoses and procedures. BIR’s Health Information Technology program provides lectures, hands-on training, externships, and preparation for industry certification. BIR prepares students for rewarding work in the in the field of Health Information Technology in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, insurance companies, or their own business.


BIR Training Center offers externship placements to students in our Health Information Technology Program. This opportunity allows students to gain hands-on job experience in medical practices, billing companies, insurance companies, ambulatory care facilities, or hospitals.

Industry Certification

Industry certification is important to employers. Many employers make certification a requirement or give hiring preference to those who are certified over those who are not. BIR’s program incorporates thorough certification preparation and provides opportunities to earn two industry certificates, giving BIR students a competitive advantage in the workplace. BIR trains students for the following credentials:

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

BIR Training Center is an NHA approved training and national certification testing site.

  • Medical Office Administration includes tasks necessary for the efficient operation of medical practices. These activities include maintenance of patients’ medical and financial records, reception, scheduling, insurance verification, monitoring patients and staff, preparing forms and other administrative duties.

  • Medical Billing is the practice of billing patients and insurance companies on behalf of a healthcare provider. A medical biller processes and submits electronic and paper claims to medical insurers, prepares billing statements for patients, and resolves any billing discrepancies. They receive and process payments from patients and insurance companies as well as manage patient accounts.

  • Medical Coding is a process of assigning diagnostic and procedural codes to patients’ medical records. The medical coder conducts an analysis of medical information from electronic and paper records of patients and accurately codes medical claims to ensure that the healthcare provider receives maximum reimbursement for services rendered.

  • BIR’s Health Information Technology Program fully prepares students for jobs as medical office specialists, medical coders, medical billers, patient financial services account specialists, and records technicians. Students are prepared and sit for the National Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam. BIR is a National Health Career Association approved training and national certification site. BIR prepares students for their externships and secures externship sites from a variety of healthcare providers. The BIR Externship Coordinator, who is an expert in this field, and externship site professionals provide oversight for this hands-on experience. The program concludes with the Capstone and Career Development course. It provides a program review, resume writing, practice interviews, and job search strategies.

  • BIR graduates are well prepared for careers in the field of Health Information Technology. Our graduates can work at medical facilities and practices;, hospitals and home health agencies;, medical billing and collections companies;, private and government insurance agencies;, physical therapists;, malpractice attorneys’ offices;, as well as many other places. Our program secures externships, and provides resume and job search assistance. For a better career, begin your training with BIR today!

  • Certifications

    • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
    • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
    * BIR Training Center is an NHA approved training and national certification testing site.

  • Program: 9 Courses 33 Credits

    • Full-time completion length: 20 Months
    • Sample Schedule: Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend classes available
    • Additional practicum hours may be required.
    • Class Length 8 weeks
    • Average Small Class and Lab Size

  • Affordable tuition and no-interest payment plans available. BIR Training Center is a WIOA approved training provider.

  • Career Development courses provides students with a program overview and job search strategies, resumé writing as well as interviewing techniques. BIR students will be prepared for entry in this high growth field.

  • Externship is part of the program and offered at physician's offices, outpatient clinics, and other medical facilities. Externships are under the direction of the site supervisor and BIR's site coordinator. Externship hours vary depending on the medical facility.

  • Tutoring in math, English, and computer skills is available.


    Medical Billing Specialist

    Prepares and submits paper and electronic claims to insurance companies. Prepares and sends patients’ billing statements and resolves patient billing inquiries. Processes payments from insurance companies and patients. Works in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, among others


    Review and update patient medical records, charges & payments. Resolve errors and address insurance claims. Enter patient demographics to insure the highest level of accuracy


    Health Information Technology training and Industry Certification in Billing

    Medical Coding Specialist

    Extracts and analyzes medical information from patient paper and electronic records to assign appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes for maximum reimbursement. Works in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, among others


    Assign appropriate ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS code(s). Understand medical coding and billing systems, regulatory requirements, auditing concepts, government payor policies and medical billing procedures.


    Health Information Technology training Industry Certification in Coding

    Patient Financial Services Account Specialist

    PFS Account Specialists are responsible for preparing electronic claims, completing insurance claims, and providing appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes on patient records. Works in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and skilled nursing facilities.


    Manage finance and revenue cycle and insurance reimbursement. Able to assist patients and insurance companies with billing problems. Current with CPT, ICD, HCPCS and modifier changes and correct usage.


    Health Information Technology training and Administrative Medical Assistant Certification.

    Medical Records Technician

    Maintains patients’ paper and electronic medical records. Regularly communicates with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Works in physician’s offices, hospitals, ambulatory and acute care facilities.


    Understand medical-legal regulations that govern confidentiality and release of protected health information. Analyze electronic data and manage patients’ health information data.


    Health Information Technology training and Administrative Medical Assistant Certification

    Medical Office Administrative Specialist

    Responsible for front-line office functions such as appointment scheduling, call triaging, customer service, capturing patient demographics, accessing and preparing medical records. Works in physicians’ offices, clinics, ambulatory and acute care facilities.


    Understand the essentials of anatomy & physiology, healthcare coding and medical office procedures. Manage software applications and electronic transmission of medical records and correspondence.


    Health Information Technology training and Administrative Medical Assistant Certification