Class Overview

Prepare for a new professional career in medical billing.Medical Billing - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Learn everything involved in taking patient information and data and using it to submit insurance claims for insurance reimbursement and then billing the patient and collecting payment for the services provided.

Though specific responsibilities vary from location to location, medical billers typically see a claim all the way through payment, managing claim denials and handling all appeals if necessary.

This incredibly important work is needed in every healthcare facility.

Medical billers can be found in a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, and home health
agencies, among others.

There are even employment opportunities in insurance companies and at specialized medical billing firms.

As a crucial part of the rapidly expanding healthcare industry, medical billing is expected to add over 29,000 new jobs by 2024.


How is this medical billing program structured?

This is an online course through our educational partners, Career Step, who focus on healthcare career training. 
This program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace.

The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a medical biller.

The course curriculum incorporates feedback from industry employers and was built by experienced industry professionals.

Experienced instructors are available by phone, email, and chat, which can be like having your own personal tutor as you progress through the course.

This 145-hour course will take 2-4 months to complete.


Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to work as a professional medical biller
  • Understand topics essential to the profession including: computer fundamentals, medical language, healthcare industry structure and
    organization, documentation and confidentiality, medical coding, reimbursement, billing and collection and claim forms

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone interested in a career in medical billing
  • People looking for a pathway to employment interested in career opportunities in medical facilities
  • In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. 

Computer Specifications

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience.

We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (high speed/broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader


  • Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x/9.x, Firefox 3.x or Safari 4.x or greater (Mac only)
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack) or Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)

Session Details

  • Class ID: 8244
  • Instructor: Career Step Staff
  • When: Open enrollment & self-paced
  • Total Number of Hours: 145
  • Where: Online
  • Fee: $2,999
  • Additional Notes: The Career Step Medical Billing training program is 145 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their training program in as little as 1 or 2 months and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 10 hours a week may finish in about 4 months).Every student who enrolls in the Career Step Medical Billing training program receives an initial 6-month period of enrollment. Though the program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 6 months to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-month enrollment, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.