Medical Terminology

& Billing

Our next class starts January 7th. Registration will be November 27th and 28th at 8am and November 29th at 4pm. The class is filled on a first come first served basis so if all of the seats are filled on November 27th we will close registration. We are located at 6735 Magnolia Avenue. Please continue reading, there are documents you must bring to registration.

Class is one semester long and runs January 7 to May 30, 2018.

This program is able to accept 36 students in the afternoon session and 36 students in the evening session.

For registration please plan to be on campus for registration for approximately 2 hours. You will complete a registration form and take a reading and listening exam to test your English language skills. You will need to have your high school transcripts (official or a copy) to prove your high school graduation. If you earned a GED you will need to bring a copy of that document. Please continue reading below for more information regarding prerequisites.

Due to the high demand for this program you need to have your high school record with you at registration. Students who have completed registration will be notified within a week as to their admission status into the program. You can read more about the prerequisites below.

Medical Terminology & Billing program description:

This Riverside Adult School (RAS) course is designed to prepare students for an entry level career in Medical Billing. The course will prepare individuals to seek entry level employment as a Medical Biller. Students who already work in the medical field can benefit from this program by advancing their skills. Students completing the course with a grade of "C" or better, and 90-100% attendance, will receive a certificate of completion from the Riverside Adult School/Riverside Unified School District.

The Medical Terminology portion of RAS program is articulated with the Riverside Community College District/Moreno Valley College (MVC) for 3 units of college credit. Students who earn a"B" or better in Medical Terminology will be able to apply for college credit at MVC.

Who should enroll in this program?

  • Those with an interest in record keeping, calculating patient charges and review of files.
  • Job seekers interested in becoming a Medical Biller whose job duties include:
  • Reading and analyzing patient records
  • Determining the correct codes for patient records
  • Using codes to bill insurance providers
  • Interacting with physicians and assistants to ensure accuracy
  • Keeping track of patient data over multiple visits
  • Managing detailed, specifically-coded information
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality and information security

Pre-requisites: This program is free of charge to any person above the age of 18 who meets the following pre-requisites. In order to apply to this program a student must:

  • Be a graduate from an accredited high school (such as, or equivalent to, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) OR passed the equivalent state recognized examination (GED, HiSet). Potential students must bring official transcripts showing their graduation or equivalent status. This is a requirement because most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent, and in order to sit for the certification exams you must have a United States high school diploma or equivalent.*

*If you have graduated from a high school outside of the United States you will need to obtain certification from an authorized transcript evaluation agency showing that you have earned the equivalent to a US high school diploma. A listing of authorized certification agencies is here: Showing proof of high school graduation is mandatory and is not negotiable. You need to select an agency from the list, give them your high school transcripts, pay for the service, and in return they will issue you a certification of equivalency. You need to bring that certification to registration.

Due to the high demand for this program you need to have your high school record with you at registration. Students who have completed registration will be notified within a week as to their admission status into the program. You can read more about the prerequisites below.

  • Have basic computer skills, as the medical billing/coding field requires the use of computerized software programs. RAS' program will provide instruction in the software programs, but due to the accelerated pace of the program time on remedial computer skills instruction is not available.
  • Complete a reading and listening assessment, that will be administered as part of the registration process and is a determining factor in enrollment. If the score indicates that the student is lacking the reading and listening skills necessary to be successful in the program enrollment could be denied.
  • RAS will accept 36 students into the afternoon session and 36 students into the evening session. Should there be more applicants for the program than there are available spaces there will be a lottery to select eligible* students at random until all available spaces are filled.

*eligible students are those that have a complete application with transcripts, and have taken the reading and listening assessment scoring into the acceptable range.


Fall = August 14 - December 20, 2018

Spring = January 7 - May 30, 2019

Afternoon session: 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday

Evening session: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday

Attendance: Students must maintain positive attendance. Regardless of the reason for absence, a student may not miss more than 90% of instruction. There are no excused absences in adult education. A student who drops below 90% attendance will be unable to earn articulated college credit and will be unable to be issued a certificate from Riverside Adult School. If this should occur a meeting with the Instructor, Director and student will take place to determine their status in the program.

Textbooks: Riverside Adult School, through funds from our Adult Education Block Grant, provides in class use of the textbooks needed for this program at no charge to the student. Also provided is a workbook that students are permitted to keep and bring to and from class.

If a student would like to purchase textbooks to keep at home they are free to do so. Riverside Adult School does not sell textbooks. Some retailers offer books for rent as well. Here is a link to who has all of the textbooks that we use in the program available to rent for under $220 for the semester. You can use the ISBN number listed below to search for the textbooks on

We have one of the text's available online for student use outside of the classroom. Please click here to access the Language of Medicine Medical Terminology textbook.

As a courtesy we have provided links to Amazon for the specific books used in our program if you would like to purchase them:

The Language of Medicine ISBN 9780323370813

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office ISBN 9780323316255

Step by Step for Medical Coding ISBN 9780323389198

2017 ICD-10-CM Standard Edition ISBN 0323431194

AMA 2017 CPT Standard Edition ISBN 1622023986


Contact or call us at 951-788-7185