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Iowa Western Community College

Medical Billing Specialist

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Medical Billing Specialists translate a healthcare service into a billing claim. They take the medical codes, enter them into the billing software, and then submit the claim to the payer (insurance company) to be paid. Medical billing specialists have daily interaction with both patients and insurance companies to ensure claims are paid on time.

Program Brochure

About the Program

This 128 hour class is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. Class meets 1 to 2 evenings a week and students should expect to spend at least 8 hours of work outside the classroom. Upon completion of the class, students will sit for the Certified Professional Biller (CPB) exam from AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).

Program to Include
  • Anatomy & medical terminology 
  • Principles of medical billing
  • Health insurance models
  • Introduction to medical coding
  • Process for filing a physician-based insurance claim
  • Follow-up process for denials
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or college study (must provide copy of transcript with registration)
  • Working knowledge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet

Alisha Vorthmann, RN. BSN, teaches the anatomy and medical terminology portion of the class. Alisha received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in 2006. She has worked in the areas of medical surgical nursing, the cardiac cath lab and the cardiac center as well as mental health nursing.  Since 2009, Alisha has been passionate about teaching in the continuing health education department at Iowa Western. 

Malinda Stanley, MPA, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CPB, CPC-I, AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, teaches the medical billing portion of the class. Malinda has more than twenty years experience in healthcare which includes coding, reimbursement, billing, transcription, quality improvement studies and preventive interventions, data analysis, medical review and auditing, speaker and presenter at local and national organizations, adjunct faculty in Health Information Management and Health Information Technology, and outpatient and inpatient accreditation surveys.

Career & Salary Information

Most medical billing specialists work in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices. Some find employment with long-term care facilities, home health services, private medical billing and coding companies, or with the government. Medical billing careers are expected to grow 21% by 2020. Expected wage range is $13 - $20 per hour.


$2,195 includes books, handouts/resources, AAPC student membership for 1 year and CPB exam. Fee must accompany registration. Money order/cashier’s check/credit card only—no personal checks accepted. Pre-registration is required.  

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information!

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