Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding

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Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding

Course Code: GES1015
Course Hours: 530
Allotted Time to Complete Course: 12 Months
Prerequisites: None

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Why should you become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and Certified Coding Associate?

In the healthcare field, there is no shortage of demand for skilled support roles. This 100% online course will prepare you for a career as a medical assistant with a specialty in medical billing and coding. By course completion, you will be ready to pass the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Job Outlook for Medical Assistants and Medical Billing and Coding Specialists

  • Medical administrative assistants combine two valuable skill sets in professions that are growing quickly, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data indicates job opportunities for medical assistants will grow by 23% overall by 2028.
  • According to, certified medical administrative assistants earn around $37,000 per year on average. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350 and work in one of the fastest growing professions.

Medical Assistants and Medical Billing and Coding Specialist FAQ

What do Medical Assistants and Medical Billing and Coding Specialists do?

According to NHA, medical administrative assistants primarily work in the “front office” of a medical practice or healthcare facility. Their duties may include coordinating practice correspondence, maintaining files and scheduling appointments.

Do medical administrative assistants need certification?

The healthcare environment operates on the basis of professionalism, precision and dedication to patient welfare. Medical assistant certification may be required for many jobs. Earning a CMAA establishes a medical assistant as a caring, responsible professional who has undergone a study and assessment program to validate their credentials.

In what facilities do medical administrative assistants work?

Medical assistants commonly work in medical practices, such as physicians' offices, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities, according to the BLS.

What is the difference between being a medical assistant and a medical billing and coding specialist?

Essentially, these are two distinct skill sets used within a healthcare setting. However, the responsibilities of a medical assistant may include medical billing, medical coding or both. Similarly, medical billing and coding specialists may have their own job titles or may have their title combined with a medical assistant or medical administrative professional designation.

Why should medical assistants learning medical billing and coding?

The healthcare field offers one of the leading areas of opportunities for career growth today. Within healthcare, specialized medical assistants are among the most in-demand professionals. NHA estimates that job openings for medical assistants are increasing by 9-15% each year. Matching office administration skills with medical billing and coding opens up more opportunities in both general healthcare administration and specialized medical services.

What are the requirements for a medical billing and coding career?

Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Course Objectives

  • Be fully prepared to pass the CMAA exam, offered by National Healthcareer Association
  • Be fully prepared to pass the CCA exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association
  • Learn the legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects of medical office management
  • Understand HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims
  • Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures
  • Learn medical terminology and the structures and functions of the human body

Course Curriculum

Medical Terminology

Introduction to medical terminology
The musculoskeletal system
The cardiovascular system
The lymphatic and immune systems
The respiratory system
The digestive system
The urinary system
The nervous system
The special senses the eyes and ears
The integumentary system
The endocrine system
The reproductive system
Diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine, pharmacology

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

Becoming an administrative medical assistant
Managing stress and improving communication
Law, ethics and healthcare
Improving your medical office
Computers in the ambulatory care setting
Telecommunications and patient scheduling
Medical terminology: word parts, plurals, abbreviations
Managing medical records
Written communication
Working with medical documents
Medical billing and coding: an overview
Daily financial practices
The administrative medical assistant as office manager

Medical billing and coding

Introduction to medical billing and coding
Healthcare law
Introduction to health insurance terms
Pharmacology for coders
CPT and HCPS Level II coding
Abstracting information from medical documents
New patients, insurance claims and EOBs
Submitting electronic claims and CMS 1500
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Other healthcare programs
ICD-10-PCS (optional lesson)
Survey of hospital billing
Career roadmap for medical billing and coding – find a job fast


Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a long-term care establishment that is based out of Alabama.

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

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