Program Overview


Healthcare reimbursement has been changing and evolving at an alarming pace. Having staff that are knowledgeable and skilled in navigating these changes of billing and coding for a practitioners' services is an invaluable asset. You can learn the ins and outs of this ever changing world and how to stay current with the medical reimbursement trends by investing in an education with us at SOCHi.

The 900 Clock Hour Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHI) provides the student with training in all areas of medical billing and coding procedures for outpatient settings. The program’s educational materials are provided in partnership with AAPC. AAPC is the nation's largest training and credentialing organization for the business side of healthcare. The program includes training and preparation in two major areas:

  • The Certified Professional Biller (CPB) course is aimed at providing the most up-to-date information relating to the health insurance industry and different reimbursement methodologies for correct claim submission. Successful completion will prepare the student to sit for the CPB™ exam and work in a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, facility, other healthcare entity, or as a claims examiner for insurance carriers.
  • The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) course focuses on coding in physician office settings and trains the student to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-10), procedure (CPT®), and supply (HCPCS Level II) code for a wide variety of clinical cases and services. Successful completion will prepare the student to sit for the CPC exam offered in conjunction with AAPC.

The program also offers training in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, the business of a medical office, and a capstone session. The capstone consists of a practice lab component that allows you to perform coding and billing processes using actual redacted patient files, as well as a course that both reviews and administers practice exams for preparation to sit for certification exams in CPB and CPC with AAPC.

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to sit for certification exams as a CPC and CPB through AAPC. The CPC and CPB exam costs and preparation are provided as part of the program. Completion of the courses will prepare you for basic entry level work in billing and if you excel there, it may lead you to higher levels of employment available to medical coders.

How to Become a Medical Biller and Coder?


  • Why AAPC?
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Job Growth

AAPC was founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding.

Since then, AAPC has expanded beyond outpatient coding to include training and credentials in documentation and coding audits, inpatient hospital/facility coding, regulatory compliance, and physician practice management. Currently, AAPC has a membership base over 141,000 worldwide, of which nearly 99,000 are certified.

AAPC credentialed coders have proven mastery of all code sets, evaluation and management principles, and documentation guidelines. They represent the best in the medical coding career field.

  • Physician Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Dental Offices
  • Collections

Projected job growth is faster than average through 2022 (22%)*

Median salary in California is $40,300.00*

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