BIR Training Center: Health Information Technology (Billing and Coding Certificate) School Courses in Chicago
Programs & Certification Pathways

Health Information Technology Curriculum

33 Credits | Full-time completion length: 20 Months

ABM 100 Mathematics and Computation Review

The goal of this course is to provide students with a review of mathematical concepts. Students will review operations with fractions, decimals, and concentrate on percent, ratio, proportions, and conversion between the US Conventional and metric systems of measurement. Estimation, rounding, and problem solving strategies will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the content of the Mathematics and computation Review course in their respective fields of study and future workplaces.
Prerequisite: Placement or ABM 090

CIT 102 Computer Productivity Tools and Keyboarding

In this course students will learn to use the Vista® operating system, navigate the Internet, create documents in Microsoft Word®, develop and deliver presentations in PowerPoint®, and use Outlook e-mail®, calendars, Acrobat Reader® and more. Students also will be working on their keyboarding and alpha/numerical data entry skills. This course includes lab work that focuses on hand placement, accuracy, and speed. Students work on many projects. By the end of the course, students should be able to apply the skills they have learned to the workplace.
Prerequisite: none

HCP 101 Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy and Physiology

Through this course students develop knowledge of the language of medicine, human anatomy and physiology, pathology, and diagnostic treatments related to the 15 body systems. Students study common terms and abbreviations, learn about Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, and root words that are the building blocks for communicating to other healthcare professionals. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy, and the framework and structure of the body as well as the physiology of the bodily systems that work together to support life.
Prerequisite: none

HCP 102 Diagnostic Coding: ICD9—CM

This course focuses on diagnostic coding. Students learn pertinent information on how to utilize the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) coding system to make an accurate decision to determine codes for maximum reimbursement. Students apply ICD-9-CM instructional notations, conventions, rules, and follow official coding guidelines when assigning ICD-9-CM codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. Upon completion of this course, students will know how to apply special terms, marks, abbreviations, and symbols used in the ICD-9-CM coding system.
Prerequisite: Completion of HCP 101

HCP 103 Procedural Coding: CPT and HCPCS

In this course, students are taught Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding. Students acquire skills to identify and utilize modifiers and symbols, in order to properly code the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and Relative Value Studies (RVS) for maximum reimbursement. Students will have an understanding of the current procedural terminology format, conventions, instructional notes, and section guidelines. Students will also be able to code from operative reports, encounter forms, medical records and laboratory reports using CPT levels I and II. Furthermore, students will have an understanding of hospital billing and coding procedures for outpatient procedures, inpatient billing process, reimbursement process, and outpatient insurance as well as understand the role of (ICD-9-CM) Volume 3 in hospital billing. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply codes for services and procedures using the current versions of CPT Procedural Coding and HCPCS for all possible medical Services.
Prerequisite: Completion of HCP 101

HCP 201 Medical Office Administration

This course teaches students to be knowledgeable participants in the administrative medical environment. Students will learn about the history of medicine, how modern care methods were derived, and the people who established a foundation for today’s healthcare administration. Students will also learn about modern ethical issues that surround medicine, laws and liability, who determines ethical decisions, and how to interact with patients who may have conflicting ethical views. Various scheduling techniques, phone triage methods, and customer service skills will be reviewed. Modern computer concepts in the healthcare environment will be explained with practice using electronic medical record (EMR) software. Students will also learn about the healthcare revenue cycle, payment collection, and how to follow-up on delinquent accounts. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the tasks and skills needed to succeed in a healthcare organization and will be able to take the NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam.
Prerequisite: Completion of ABM 100, CIT 102, and HCP 101

HCP 202 Healthcare Reimbursement, Ethics, and Compliance

Students in this course will learn about the healthcare revenue cycle, fundamental concepts of public and private insurance, regulatory compliance, and ethics. Students will also practice claim processing using both manual methods and electronic medical billing software. Emphasis is placed on the billing cycle including: posting payments, processing information from encounter forms, and completing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS-1500) and Uniform Bill (UB-04) medical claim forms. Additionally, students learn about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) confidentiality regulations and Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs). Furthermore, students will be introduced to the qualifications for working in a hospital setting, common terms related to hospital billing, flow of the inpatient hospital stay from billing through payment, payment methods and classifications, and the guidelines for completion and transmission of the CMS-1450 claim form. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to maintain patient financial records and process medical claims for public and private insurance while maintaining patient confidentiality.
Prerequisite: Completion of ABM 100, CIT 102, and HCP 101

HCP 307 Health Information Technology Externship

The HIT externship provides the student with hands-on work experience in a medical setting. Under the direction of the externship site’s professional staff and BIR’s Site Coordinator, students will be applying the skills gained in a medical setting. Through the duration of externship, students will perform patient intake, maintenance of patients’ records, insurance verification, medical appointment scheduling, collection and posting of copayments, telephone techniques, demographic data entry, medical claims processing, and other office duties as assigned. Students also are expected to apply their medical software skills and general office computer productivity tools. The NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist Exam will be proctored during this course.
Prerequisite: Completion of HCP 102, HCP 103, HCP 201, and HCP 202

HCP 310 HIT Capstone and Career Development

In this course students are taught how to gain employment in the field of health information technology by performing related activities such as resume writing, proper interviewing techniques, and job search methods. They also will have acquired job seeking skills by producing a program-specific purposeful resume, responding to interview questions, and conducting employment searches. Upon completion, the student will gain skills to produce different types of field-specific and position-specific resumes, be able to search and apply for employment, and hone their job interviewing skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of HCP 307


Classification of Instructional Programs and Standard Occupational Classification

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) categorizes Health information Technology as:

  • Medical Office Assistant/Specialist (CIP code-51.0710)
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder (CIP code-51.0713)
  • Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller (CIP code 51.0714)

The Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) for Health Information Technology are:

  • Medical Assistants (SOC code 31-9092.00)
  • Medical Secretaries (SOC code 43-6013.00)
  • Medical Records & Health Information Technologists (SOC code 29-2071.00)