Medical Billing and Coding

Train to Code and Process Insurance Claims

SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding program trains students to work on the administrative side of healthcare.

SJVC students can prepare for work in a healthcare office environment by choosing the credential level that best meets their needs and career goals:

Students who enroll in the 9-month, Certificate credential level prepare for and take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification examination in SJVC’s Medical Billing and Coding program. This exam is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Students who enroll in the 17-month, A.S. degree credential level prepare for and take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Biller (CPB) certification examinations in SJVC’s Medical Billing and Coding program. Both examinations are administered by the AAPC.

Medical Billing and Coding Program Details

Skills Student Learn

Students in our online Medical Billing and Coding program learn:

  • Medical insurance principles and insurance claims management
  • Diagnostic and procedural medical coding
  • Structural anatomy and medical terminology
  • Foundational office skills and effective communication tactics

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our online Medical Billing and Coding students include:

This course focuses on the performing of coding associated with the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code book. The Evaluation and Management, Anesthesia, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology/Laboratory and Medicine sections are covered with emphasis on section guidelines and proper code section.

Body Systems and Pathology
The course focuses on basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a deeper examination of diseases, disorders, etiology, pathology, diagnostic testing, and common treatments of internal body systems. The course emphasizes applying medical terminology to situations in medical professions.

Medical Billing Practicum
In this course, students will assess their performance and application of acquired skills and knowledge in preparation for the CPB certification exam. Students will practice answering exam questions as well as have hands-on lab time to solidify essential skills. Students will also reflect on how to prevent test anxiety and practice test preparation techniques.

*Courses taken vary by program credential level. Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed courses.

Program Outcomes

Our online Medical Billing and Coding students can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 17 months.

The Certificate credential level prepares students to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification examination. This exam is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

The A.S. degree prepares students to take both the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Biller (CPB) certification examinations, which are administered by the AAPC.

Test preparation and voucher(s) to take the exam(s) are included with the program.

Certificate and A.S. Degree graduates earn a typing certificate and HIPAA certification.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Medical Billing and Coding program is available online.

Career Opportunities

Well-trained Medical Billing and Coding personnel can work for hospitals, insurance companies, medical and dental offices, healthcare clinics and more. These technicians perform the following job duties:

  • Assemble patient health information and review records
  • Code and process patient insurance claims
  • Protect patient health information

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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