Medical Office Administration With Billing and Coding Certification

Certification is defined as a formal process of making certain that an individual is qualified in terms of particular knowledge or skill sets. Certification programs are often fostered or supervised by some certifying agency, such as a professional association.

Hunter Business School works with the organizations listed below which offer certification in Medical Office Administration With Billing and Coding.
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Graduates of Hunter Business School’s Online Medical Office Administration With Billing and Coding program are eligible to sit for any of the following exams offered by these nationally recognized organizations.

On average, certification may command a higher starting salary than those who are not certified.

Hunter Business School administers onsite certification exams for Medical Office Assistant and Insurance and Coding Specialist through the National Center for Competency Testing. For tests through other certifying agencies, please see below and visit their websites.

For more information, please contact Melissa Berthel (Medford) or Donna Evans (Levittown).

NCCT

National Center for Competency Testing

Website

Test Site

The examination is on-site at Hunter Business School. You can register for the exam on the NCCT website.

Credential received

Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA)

Eligibility

Current Student: Must be a U.S. high school student, graduate, or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®). Must submit a copy of your Medical Office Assistant certificate, certificate of completion, or official transcript with graduation date.

Graduate: Must be a U.S. high school student, graduate, or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®) . Must submit a copy of your Medical Office Assistant certificate, certificate of completion, or official transcript with graduation date. This includes the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Experience: Must be a U.S. high school student, graduate, or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®) . Must have one year of full-time employment or the equivalent (2,080 hours) as a medical office assistant under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or provider within the past five years. Submit a copy of high school diploma or equivalent or Medical Office Assistant Certification Qualification by Experience form completed by your employer.

Insurance and Coding Specialist (NCICS)

Eligibility

Current Student: Must be a U.S. high school student, graduate, or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®). Must submit a copy of your Medical Office Assistant certificate, certificate of completion, or official transcript with graduation date.

Graduate: Must be a U.S. high school student, graduate, or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®) . Must submit a copy of your Medical Office Assistant certificate, certificate of completion, or official transcript with graduation date. This includes the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Experience: Must be a U.S. high school student, graduate, or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®) . Must have one year of full-time employment or the equivalent (2,080 hours) as a medical office assistant under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or provider within the past five years. Submit a copy of high school diploma or equivalent or Medical Office Assistant Certification Qualification by Experience form completed by your employer.

Preparing for the Test

For practice tests and test preparation, go to Exam Edge. For an outline of what you need to know, go to National Certified Insurance and Coding Specialist Detailed Test Plan.

Application to Test

In order for NCCT to process your application in a timely manner, your application and all required documentation must be submitted 14 days prior to your anticipated test date. Applications and payments are valid for one year from the date of submission to NCCT.

You do not need your transcript in order to register for the exam. This documentation will be sent to NCCT by Hunter Business School upon completion of the program.

The Hunter Business School test site codes are:

  • Medford – 54965
  • Levittown – 37155

You may take a virtual exam but must contact NCCT for that option. 

Day of the Test

Examinees should bring current copies of ICD-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II.

If you don’t pass the exam on the first attempt, you can reapply for the next exam, but a new application fee will be required.

NHA

National Healthcareer Association

Website

Credentials received

CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant)

CBCS (Medical Billing and Coding Certification)

CEHRS (Electronic Health Records Specialist)

Eligibility for All NHA Certifications

High school diploma, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™), or General Educational Diploma (GED®) and graduate of Hunter Business School’s Medical Office Administration With Billing and Coding program
OR
High school diploma, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™), or General Educational Diploma (GED®) and at least one year of supervised work experience in the field relating to your certification of choice

AAPC

Advancing the Business of Healthcare

Website

Credentials received

CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder Apprentice)

CPB (Certified Professional Biller)

Eligibility

You must be an AAPC member.

For CPC-A, remove the Apprentice designation and replace it with on-the-job experience, go here.

AHIMA

American Health Information Management Association

Website

Credentials received

CCA (Certified Coding Associate)

CCS (Certified Coding Specialist)

Eligibility

CCA: Must be a U.S. high school graduate or have a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) or General Educational Diploma (GED®).

While not required, at least one of these is recommended.

  • Six months of coding experience directly applying codes
  • Completion of an AHIMA approved coding program (Professional Certification Approval Program)
  • Completion of other coding training program to include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and basic ICD and CPT coding

CCS:

  • Minimum of two years of related coding experience directly applying codes
    OR
  • Hold the CCA credential plus one year of coding experience directly applying codes

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