Medical Billing Specialist (MBS)

Admissions Process


(46-48 credits)

The online Medical Billing Specialist Certificate prepares students for careers as medical billers, patient account representatives, medical claims reviewers and other support positions. This one-year certificate is fully online, admits in winter quarter yearly on a space-available basis, and has no formal application process. Students can attend full or part-time. The following schedule is based on full-time attendance. The program includes an internship consisting of computer-based simulations mirroring the professional environment. Students completing the MBS certificate are encouraged to sit for the national Certified Professional Biller (CPB) credential offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Please review the Virtual Information Session for a complete overview of the MBS certificate and related programs.

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the college and finish the prerequisite courses. If you have questions about the enrollment process and completing prerequisite courses, contact Advising in TCC Bldg. 7 or call 253.566.6091.
  2. Once you have met with General Advising, completed all adult basic education and MBS prerequisite courses, contact the Program Chair for advice on enrolling in the MBS program. Do this the quarter before you expect to start courses: Corinne Jarvis, 253.566.5077.
  3. Register for classes. The MBS program chair will help you map out the courses you need to take. The MBS program runs on a space-available basis and is not selective entry. Each course has a limited number of seats. The MBS program admits in the winter. Students will begin enrolling in courses in mid-October during fall quarter. Students who are currently enrolled as of fall quarter will be given an earlier enrollment date which can assist in securing a spot in the winter cohort.

Prerequisite Requirements

Must be completed before beginning the Medical Billing Specialist Certificate technical core requirements and must be completed with a grade of “C” within two attempts.

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I, 5 credits

It is STRONGLY recommended to have the equivalent to MATH 85: Introduction to Algebra completed PRIOR to beginning the certificate program so that there are no unnecessary delays in taking BUS 110: Business Math. Higher level math courses MAY be accepted on a case by case basis in lieu of BUS 110.

Core Requirements

(These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.)

1st Quarter (WINTER)  
CU 105 Word I, Excel 1 5
HIT 130 Medical Terminology I 3
MO 101 Healthcare Delivery and Alternate Care 5
2nd Quarter (SPRING)  
BUS 110 Business Math 5
HIT 141 Beginning ICD-10-CM Coding 2
MO 110 Medical Office Procedures 5
MO 159 Outpatient Procedure Coding 4
3rd Quarter (SUMMER)  
MO 143 Professional Development and Ethics 3
MO 151 Insurance/Claims Processing 5
MO 185 Billing Virtual Clinical 3
CU 203 Excel II 3

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