Health Care Billing and Coding, Specialized Diploma



Northampton's Office Administration specialized diploma programs are designed to prepare you to enter a modern office setting in a short time frame. The programs offer career-specific coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within three part-time semesters. Each program provides course offerings that prepare you to work as a team player in a specialized office environment.

Your studies will include state-of-the-art office equipment and computer software. You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively with other people in an office environment. We emphasize development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking, priority setting, and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.

Graduates of this specialized diploma program often go on to gain employment and then pursue NCC's Health Care Office Specialist Certificate or Health Care Office Coordinator associate degree.


This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled medical biller and coder. A medical biller and coder translates health care procedures into standardized code for use by insurance companies, while also compiling and submitting claims to insurance companies and billing patients.

Courses for the health care pathways include Basics of Human Anatomy and Physiology, CPT Coding Methodology, and PCS Coding Methodologies. We have an excellent record of employment for our graduates in a full range of health care settings.

Graduates of this specialized diploma program can also continue on to complete the Health Care Office Specialist certificate, as well as the Health Care Office Coordinator associate degree, with ease.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this healthcare career pathway include:

  • Hospitals
  • Community Health Centers
  • Ambulatory Surgical Units
  • Outpatient Laboratory Centers
  • Physician's Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Elder Care Facilities

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 or adminfo@northampton.edu for further information.

Career Potential: Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Coder, Medical Records Clerk, Patient Account Representative


Students who complete the program will:

  • Identify the appropriate documentation that is required for billing and reimbursement.
  • Categorize patient health conditions and treatments to assign proper codes.
  • Apply the appropriate coding system: ICD codes to diagnosis/procedures, HCPCS codes to medical equipment, supplies, etc., and CPT codes to procedures for health records and billing.
  • Apply patient accounting principles and reimbursements.
  • Analyze patient records to maximize reimbursement.


First Semester

BIOS130Basics ofHuman Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

HCOA154Medical Terminology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Second Semester

HCOA172Health Insurance Basics

3 credits

HCOA175ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Methodologies

3 credits

HCOA176CPT Coding Methodology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Third Semester

ACCT100Accounting for Non-Accountants

3 credits

HCOA177Health Information Technology

3 credits

HCOA270Advanced Coding for Medical Services

3 credits

HCOA275Capstone Simulation for Coding

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:11

Total Credit Hours: 27