AVON PARK, Fla. – July 5, 2016 – South Florida State College is offering a new occupational certificate program in Medical Coding and Billing to begin in August.

Students can complete the program as part of a student cohort within 24 months. Most of the classes in the program are offered on weekday evenings.

The outlook for jobs as medical records coder and billers is expected to grow 21 percent by 2020. With the implementation of the newest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-10, the demand for coders has increased. As the U.S. population grows, the need for medical coders and billers will increase to meet the number of patient claims.

Medical coders and billers classify medical data from patient records and translate diagnoses and procedures, using the ICD-10 coding system. Medical facilities use this information to file insurance claim forms to obtain financial reimbursement.

Students in the program will learn the many codes that represent symptoms, medications, and diagnoses. They will be prepared to specialize in areas of coding such as cancer tumor registry, interventional radiology, pediatrics, and long-term health.

Students who successfully complete the Medical Coding and Billing certificate program will be prepared for employment in various health care settings, such as hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, ambulatory care facilities, nursing facilities, major health insurance companies, and billing and coding companies.

SFSC’s medical coding and billing classes adhere to the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) strict guidelines.

For more information about SFSC’s Medical Coding and Billing certificate program, see the website at http://www.southflorida.edu/current-students/degrees-programs/academics/office-administration-management/medical-billing-and-coding, or consult the SFSC College Catalog, an SFSC advisor at 863-784-7131, or the program director at 863-784-7325.