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Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certification

More than one million practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billing and coding specialists to receive payment for their services. Play a vital role in ensuring healthcare facilities operate smoothly and efficiently with a new career as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist. Prepare for the NHA CBCS exam and be ready for entry-level positions in as little as four months.

A medical billing and coding specialist organizing patient records and ensuring accurate billing and coding.

Medical billing and coding is the process of identifying diagnoses, medical tests, treatments, and procedures found in clinical documentation and transcribing this patient data into standardized codes to bill government and commercial payers for physician reimbursement.

Certified Billing and Coding Specialists (CBCS) are essential to all areas of healthcare and have an expansive range of opportunities for employment. Hospitals, physician offices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, physical therapy practices, home healthcare agencies, mental health facilities and other health care providers all depend on medical billing and coding for insurance carrier reimbursement.

The UWF CBCS training program covers the technical knowledge, healthcare information and related business topics necessary to pass the NHA certification exam. You will learn the legal, ethical and regulatory concepts central to maintaining electronic health-related data, including:

  • Reviewing patient records for timeliness, completeness and accuracy
  • Organizing and updating information in clinical databases or registries
  • Using classification systems to assign clinical codes for insurance reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval and reporting
  • Preventing fraud/abuse by auditing billing
  • Maintaining confidentiality of patient records

This LIVE, virtual 17-week program provides theoretical and practical training experiences. Instruction is provided by an experienced CBCS currently working in the field.

Medical Billing & Coding

Dates: May 14 – September 10, 2024
Schedule: Tues. and Thurs., 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Skip Date: July 4, 2024
Registration: Seating is LIMITED.

Tuition includes all live instruction, ALL coding books, textbooks and the National Healthcareer Association CBCS exam (for eligible students).

For registration information email Delphie Whiteman at or call 817.694.6231.

Location: Live virtual instruction
Tuition: $4,300
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  • A high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • No felony or misdemeanor related to the sale of drugs. Traffic violations and any other issues must be resolved prior to the externship. This is the sole responsibility of each student.
  • Commitment to the rigorous 17-week course schedule.

  • Gain proficiency in a rapidly growing career field. 
  • Potential for career growth—after gaining experience in an entry-level position, many CBCS choose to attain additional credentials to bolster their technical coding expertise, analytical skills or management skills.
  • Flexible employment opportunities—many opportunities to work from home exist as a CBCS.
  • Train at an accredited University with experienced instructors.
  • No degree application required. 

Military Spouse Career Advancement (MyCAA) offers up to $4,000 to military spouses interested in pursuing continuing education, degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to careers in high growth, high demand, and portable career fields. Upon creating a MyCAA account the Department of Defense will provide notification of eligibility.

For more information on Military benefits or additional funding opportunities, contact the UWF & Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) at 850.474.2550 or

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act is a federal grant that covers training expenses for eligible individuals. To check for eligibility and apply for the WIOA grant, contact CareerSource Escarosa or CareerSource Okaloosa Walton.

The WIOA application process takes several weeks, so please do not delay in getting started. Once WIOA grant approval is awarded, contact our Student Support Center for a Letter of Acceptance.

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Medical Billing & Coding Professional - Employment and Education

The demand for professionals that understand how to code health care services and procedures for third-party insurance reimbursement is growing substantially. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Job Stats
  • Job Outlook: 8% (Much faster than average) 
  • Number of Jobs, 2019: 341,600
  • Median Pay: $44,090 per year

Source: August 2021

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National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is one of the nation’s largest allied health certification providers. Since 1989, the NHA has helped thousands of schools across the nation produce better professionals. Individuals who pass their certification exam will be recognized as Nationally Certified Healthcare professionals.