Dec 05, 2023  
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook

Medical Office Administration - Billing and Coding, A.A.S. (A25310MC)

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The Medical Office Administration-Billing and Coding curriculum prepares individuals to become medical specialists who prepare, submit and/or process insurance claims for medical and other health-care related offices.

Students will gain extensive knowledge of medical terminology, pharmacology, human diseases, diagnostic studies, surgical procedures, and laboratory procedures. In addition to word processing skills, students will gain knowledge of medical billing, coding and insurance.

Graduates should qualify for employment in hospitals, medical clinics, doctors’ offices, extended care facilities, diagnostic centers, insurance companies and other health related facilities. Upon graduation, students may be eligible to sit for industry-recognized certification exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate proper use of medical terminology and abbreviations used in medical offices and medical information management systems.
  2. Demonstrate, identify and assess appropriate procedures for entering payroll information such as tax and withholding information and processing and creating payroll checks in an office environment.
  3. Demonstrate, identify and analyze all medical reports to properly identify all procedures and diagnoses.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. OST 130 , MED 121 OST 148  (fall only course)
  2. OST 136 OST 137  



Total Program Hours: 69


This program will NOT certify an individual as a professional coder. To become certified, students should contact one of the accrediting bodies and make arrangements for the certification exam. For more information, please visit

Students may complete up to two (2) hours credit from WBL courses. Please contact the Work-Based Learning office for more information.

Students completing the Gaston College Medical Office Administration-Billing and Coding program may be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam. This is a national certification exam fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). For more information, visit

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