Medical Billing

Students who complete the Medical Billing track earn up to 16 stackable credits, including an undergraduate certificate in Medical Billing, which apply directly to the Medical Coding certificate and undergraduate degree programs at Peirce College.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the AAPC Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) exam, which is highly valued and often preferred by employers for medical records specialists and medical billing occupations.

Peirce counselors will connect graduates with employment opportunities in the region and help them apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and leverage the College’s alumni network. Students with previous college credit have the opportunity to apply six transfer credits to the certificate in Medical Billing.

You Can Do This!  

Explore your career via our Career Bridge Portal, where you can see the credentials and skills required for in-demand jobs, find current job opportunities in our region, and see how any transfer credits you have apply to Peirce College programs.

Applying to Career Bridge is free. 

To take the next step, APPLY to CAREER BRIDGE

Medical Billing vs. Medical Coding 

What is the difference between Medical Billing and Medical Coding?

Medical coders translate healthcare services and diagnoses into codes that ensure billing and payment is correct and determine how healthcare services receive payment, whether through insurance reimbursement or direct patient payment.

Medical billers use these codes to file insurance claims and typically work with insurance companies and patients.

People often combine medical billing and coding but they are distinct roles and have different professional certifications that are recognized by employers. Both are occupations in health information management, which is a growing healthcare career field.

Start Your Health Information Management Career

The Medical Billing track is designed for learners who are interested in entering the field of Health Information Management. The certificate stacks directly to Peirce College's Medical Coding certificate and AS in Health Information Technology degree program, which supports professional development and career advancement.

  • Earn the Medical Billing certificate (16 credits) and be eligible to sit for the AAPC Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) exam.
  • Medical Billing graduates only need four more classes (12 credits) to complete the Medical Coding certificate and be eligible to sit for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder CPC® exam or the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) exam.
  • Graduates of these certificates only need 11 more classes (33 credits) to complete the CAHIIM-accredited AS in Health Information Management and be eligible to sit for the AHIMA Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam.

Courses and Certifications



PLA option

PRC 101 Peirce Orientation



HIT 100 Medical Terminology


PLA option

HIT 215 Legal Issues in Health Information Management


HIT 218 Healthcare Reimbursement


HIT 220 ICD-10-CM Coding



HIT 225 CPT/Outpatient Coding



AAPC Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) exam  


16 credits


The prerequisite (HIT 101) for HIT 215 is waived for Medical Billing certificate students.  

The prerequisite (SCI 270) for HIT 220 and HIT 225 is waived for Medical Billing certificate students.

Graduates of the Certificate in Medical Billing in this track will also take the AAPC Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) exam.

Why Medical Billing/Medical Records Specialist?

Median Salary: $37,000 - $45,000 ($18 - $22 per hour)
Regional Job Growth: projected 14.1% increase
PA Dept. of Labor and Industry, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis
Philadelphia Works 2021-2022 Recovery Occupations

Examples of lower wage jobs that may have a skills match:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Retail sales 
  • Front line food service workers

To get started, APPLY to CAREER BRIDGE.

Questions about corporate partnerships:
Contact Dr. Stephanie Gibbs-Emenaka at or 215.670.9279.

Questions from individual learners:
Contact LaKeesha Johnson at or 215.670.9388.

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