Instructors //

  • Connie Cox, RDH | BGS, Indiana University South Bend; Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dental Education, IU South Bend
  • Terri Feece | certified professional coder with ten years of coding experience
  • De Kilmer, RN | Ivy Tech Community College; nurse, Elkhart Clinic
  • Reland Sheets | certified medical coder with over a decade of experience

Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding

Medical coders review health records and assign numeric codes to diagnoses and procedures. These codes are used to track patient care and for reimbursement of insurance claims. This concentrated course will provide you with the basic knowledge of medical office operations, coding and billing. Class topics include an overview of the health care environment, office policies and procedures, medical records management, collections and accounts receivable, ICD-9-CM coding, CPT/HCPCS coding, and third-party billing.

Note | Successful completion requires 80% attendance and an average score of 75% on tests, quizzes, and assignments.

Prerequisite | IU South Bend Extended Learning Services Medical Terminology and Anatomy class or pass waiver test. To qualify to waive the Medical Terminology and Anatomy class prerequisite, students must pass a waiver test with 75% accuracy. Test given by appointment. Call 574-520-4261 to schedule a time.

Instructor | Reland Sheets
48 hours | 4.8 CEUs
$1350 [Fee includes materials, textbooks and CPT, HCPCS, ICD-9-CM level 1, 2 and 3 coding books]

8 Mon./8 Thurs. | Oct. 13-Dec. 11 [excl. Nov. 24 & 27 | 6-9 p.m.
South Bend     [online registration]

Radiology Educational Program for Dental Assistants

All persons operating diagnostic x-ray equipment in the state of Indiana must be certified by the Indiana State Board of Health (ISDH). For certification, each dental x-ray machine operator must:

  1. Enroll in a state approved radiology educational program (fulfilled by this course)
  2. Obtain a provisional permit from the ISDH once admitted into the program
  3. Complete an approved education program (fulfilled by this course)
  4. Complete clinical training with certificate of proficiency from an appropriate licensed provider
  5. Pass the Radiation Health And Safety portion of the Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB)

This course is approved by the Indiana Department of Health as an educational program and fulfills the education portion of the license requirement. It includes weekly lectures, lab demonstrations, and testing. All students must be employed by a dental office to register for this course. This course does not provide the clinical training required for certification. Clinical training is completed in-office, and can be supervised by a dentist, dental hygienist, or radiology certified dental assistant.   

Applications for an Indiana provisional radiology permit will be provided at the first class meeting. However, the student will be responsible for completing the application and sending it to the ISDH.

A mock certification exam is held during the tenth class session followed by a consultation to review the results at the last meeting. The criteria for completing this course is attending 80% of class meetings and achieving a 70% or higher final grade.

Information regarding the certification policies and procedures can be found at

Information about the DANB exam can be found at

Instructor | Connie Cox
27.5 hours | 2.75 CEUs
$525 (textbook required)

11 Tues. | Sept. 9-Nov. 18 | 5:30-8 p.m.
South Bend     [online registration]     

Exam Preparation for Medical Coders

This class prepares coders to sit for CCA and CPC exams. Demonstrate your competency in assigning diagnosis and reimbursement codes by becoming certified. This class covers the material you need for testing and can also be very helpful if you have been coding in a particular field and need a review of ALL coding. Each exam has specific requirements you must meet in order to sit for that exam. Check with each examining agency to find out what they are.

Note | Successful completion of this class requires at least 80% attendance and an average score of 75% or higher on tests, quizzes, and assignments.

Class cost includes two advanced coding texts. Students must provide their own current CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM level 1, 2 and 3 coding books.

Instructor | Terri Feece
66 hours | 6.6 CEUs

11 Tues./11 Thurs. | Sept. 9-Nov. 20 | 6-9 p.m.
South Bend

Medical Terminology and Anatomy

Designed for those who have no formal terminology and anatomy training and would like to further or begin a career in the medical field. This class is a stepping-stone for medical coding, transcription, and other healthcare careers. It is also appropriate for those who work in medical offices and want to expand their skills.

Unlike a typical memorization terminology class, students will gain knowledge of medical terminology through the correct usage of prefixes, suffixes, and root words. The program utilizes an enjoyable, relaxed learning environment that has proven to be very effective. The anatomy and physiology portion of the class will review the body systems and how they work.

Together, these two subjects prepare you for your next step in your chosen area.

Note | Successful completion requires 80% attendance and an average score of 75% on tests, quizzes, and assignments.

Study outside of class is necessary for successful participation. You must take this class before taking Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding or pass a waiver test in both terminology and anatomy. Call 574-520-4261 for test information.

Instructor | De Kilmer
60 hours | 6 CEUs
$990 [textbooks required]

12 Mon./12 Thurs. | July 7-Oct. 2 [excl. Sept. 1 & 4] | 6-8:30 p.m.
South Bend