Medical Terminology & Billing Student Resources

Our next session of this course will begin in mid August 2020. Dates and times for registration will be posted here when available. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, details regarding the registration ans admission process, the number of students admitted, and course information may change. Updates will be posted here when available. 

The class schedule is listed at the bottom of this page.

This program is able to accept 36 students in each session. (This may be reduced due to social distancing requirements)

For registration please plan to be on campus for registration for approximately 2-3 hours. You will complete a registration form and take a reading and listening exam to test your English language skills. 

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:

  • Graduation from high school is recommended but not required. Most jobs in the medical billing field require you to have graduated from high school or have earned your GED. 
  • Students who have previously been removed from this program for lack of attendance or other reasons may not be eligible to re-enroll.
  • 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 will be denied. Students must have a reading and listening level equivalent to the 9th grade of high school.
  • RAS will accept 36 students into each session of the class (morning/afternoon/evening) 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 and have taken the reading and listening assessment scoring into the acceptable range.


Classes will are planned to be offered at the following times:

8:30am - 12:30pm Monday and Wednesday


8:30am - 12:30pm Tuesday and Thursday


5:30pm to 8:00pm Monday and Wednesday

5:30pm to 8:00pm Tuesday and Thursday

Attendance: Students must maintain positive attendance. Regardless of the reason for absence, a student may not miss more than 10% of the total instruction offered. 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. If you have previously been removed from this program for lack of attendance or other reasons you may not be eligible to re-enroll.

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 

Current Students - click below to access the Medical Terminology Textbook

The Language of Medicine Textbook: please click here for the PDF versions of the textbook chapters used in class.

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