Our Medical Billing and Coding Professional Development Program is completely self-paced, so it can be done around YOUR schedule. It is designed to ensure your complete understanding of the field so that you can not only pass tests but complete medical claims for our clients.

Traditional courses run in the thousands of dollars, and often take a year or more to complete, plus they do not guarantee you work after completion. That is what sets us apart, here at BlackThumb. We have work waiting for you to finish your program so that you can jump right in.*

All of our positions are entry-level positions, so you do not need a degree to become certified.  We assist every step of the way throughout your certification process and you can begin completing claims immediately following your successful completion of the program, which typically only takes 2-4 months.

The need for medical coding specialists will grow 15% in the next few years.  These certified specialists earn an average of $39,180-$57,680 per year.  These specialists are vital to the medical field and there is always more need than certified specialists.  Healthcare is one of the few “recession-proof” career fields, so you will be able to continue working for many years to come in your new career.

There is upward mobility in that you can continue to progress and increase your certifications.  For example, Certified Professional Coding Instructors (CPC-I) earn an average of $76,021 per year.

There are 3 phases to the BlackThumb Medical Billing and Coding Professional Development Program

PHASE 1

Prework and preassessments

PHASE 2

Online coursework, lessons, exams, and a guide to the certification exam

PHASE 3

Paid internship where you will submit claims and begin your time requirement to sit for your certification exam in your area

*The course or internship for any reason.  You are never locked in to our program!

Module 1 Pre-assessments
Lesson 1 Anatomy and Medical Terminology
Lesson 2 General Billing
Lesson 3 Insurance Rules and Regulations
Lesson 4 ICD-10 and CPT
Lesson 5 Additional Resources
Module 2 Allied Health Careers
Lesson 1 L02A OVERVIEW OF ALLIED HEALTH
Lesson 2 L02B PUBLIC POLICY AND THE PRACTICE OF HEALTH CARE
Lesson 3 L02C LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES
Lesson 4 L02D ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Lesson 5 L02E ACRONYMS
Lesson 6 L02F CHECK YOUR LEARNING ANSWERS
Module 3 Medical Terminology
Lesson 1 L03A FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Lesson 2 L03B WORD PARTS
Lesson 3 L03C ANALYZING, DEFINING, AND CREATING MEDICAL WORDS
Lesson 4 L03D BODY STRUCTURE
Lesson 5 L03E DIRECTIONAL TERMS
Lesson 6 L03F CHECK YOUR LEARNING ANSWERS
Lesson 7 L03G APPENDIX
Module 4 Body Systems 1
Lesson 1 L04A INTRODUCTION AND INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM
Lesson 2 L04B THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
Lesson 3 L04C THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Lesson 4 L04D THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEMS
Lesson 5 L04E THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
Lesson 6 L04F THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Lesson 7 L04G THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Lesson 8 L04H ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Lesson 9 L04I CHECK YOUR LEARNING ANSWERS
Module 5 Body Systems 2
Lesson 1 L05A INTRODUCTION AND URINARY SYSTEM
Lesson 2 L05B FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
Lesson 3 L05C MALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
Lesson 4 L05D GYNECOLOGY, OBSTETRICS, AND NEONATOLOGY
Lesson 5 L05E THE EYES
Lesson 6 L05F THE EARS
Lesson 7 L05G ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Lesson 8 L05H CHECK YOUR LEARNING ANSWERS
Module 6 Disease Processes and Surgical Procedures
Lesson 1 L06A DISEASE PROCESSES AND SURGICAL PROCEDURES
Lesson 2 L06B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Lesson 3 L06C CHECK YOUR LEARNING ANSWERS
Module 7 Introduction to Professional Billing and Coding Careers
Lesson 1 L07A REQUIRED MATERIALS
Lesson 2 L07B INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL BILLING AND CODING CAREERS
Lesson 3 L07C ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 8 Insurance Plans
Lesson 1 L08A INTRODUCTION AND UNDERSTANDING MANAGED CARE INSURANCE PLANS
Lesson 2 L08B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 9 Medical Contracts, Ethics, and HIPAA
Lesson 1 L09A MEDICAL CONTRACTS AND ETHICS
Lesson 2 L09B HIPAA
Lesson 3 L09C ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 10 ICD-10-CM Coding
Lesson 1 L10A ICD-10-CM CODING
Lesson 2 L10B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 11 ICD-10-PCS Coding
Lesson 1 L11A ICD-10-PCS CODING
Lesson 2 L11B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 12 CPT and Place-of-Service Coding; Coding Procedures and Services
Lesson 1 L12A REQUIRED MATERIALS
Lesson 2 L12B CPT AND PLACE OF SERVICE CODING; CODING PROCEDURES AND SERVICES
Lesson 3 L12C ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 13 HCPCS and Coding Compliance
Lesson 1 L13A HCPCS AND CODING COMPLIANCE
Lesson 2 L13B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 14 Auditing
Lesson 1 L14A AUDITING
Lesson 2 L14B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 15 Physician Medical Billing
Lesson 1 L15A PHYSICIAN MEDICAL BILLING
Lesson 2 L15B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 16 Hospital Medical Billing
Lesson 1 L16A HOSPITAL MEDICAL BILLING
Lesson 2 L16B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 17 Medicare
Lesson 1 L17A MEDICARE
Lesson 2 L17B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 18 Medicaid and TRICARE
Lesson 1 L18A MEDICAID AND TRICARE
Lesson 2 L18B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 19 Explanation of Benefits and Payment Adjudication
Lesson 1 L19A EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS AND PAYMENT ADJUDICATION
Lesson 2 L19B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 20 Refunds, Follow-up, and Appeals
Lesson 1 L20A REFUNDS, FOLLOW-UP, AND APPEALS
Lesson 2 L20B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 21 Workers' Compensation
Lesson 1 L21A WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Lesson 2 L21B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 22 Electronic Claims Processing
Lesson 1 L22A ELECTRONIC CLAIMS PROCESSING
Lesson 2 L22B ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Module 23 Practices
Lesson 1 L23 Practice 1
Lesson 2 L23 Practice 2
Lesson 3 L23 Practice 3
Lesson 4 L23 Practice 4
Lesson 5 L23 Practice 5
Module 24 Final
Lesson 1 Final Exam