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 The Medical Coding and Insurance Billing program prepares entry-level employees with the skills to analyze health records and assign the appropriate code to each diagnosis and procedure according to national and international guidelines. They perform research and rely on their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and disease processes to determine accurate codes and sequences. Upon completion of this program, students earn a Certificate of Applied Science in Medical Coding and Insurance Billing. 

Specific skills

  • Practical application of codes
  • Computerized medical and insurance billing software
  • Practicing accurate interpretation of medical records
  • Correctly documenting and coding information and submitting it to insurance companies



Job Outlook and Pay Info
Median Wage (MT)*
Median Wage (US)*
Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2014-2017)
Expected growth (MT)* (projection through 2024)
Expected growth (US)* (projection through 2026)

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

Graduate Placement Data

Medical Coding & Insurance Billing graduates can find employment with:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physicians' offices
  • Extended care facilities
  • Medical insurance companies

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

  • Detail-oriented, focusing on the task at hand
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.

This program is offered fully online (please note that the related courses can be taken on campus or online)

Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Upon completion of the program the students will be able to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)  Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.  Graduates will fill a growing need in healthcare, now and in the future.