This course is currently only offered online.
Medical Billing and Coding Technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classifications systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Most billing and coding technicians work in hospitals or physician’s offices.
According to the Department of Labor, as the number of practices increases, the need for medical coders will also increase, ultimately resulting in a projected 21% job growth from 2010 to 2020. The majority of Medical Coders are promoted from within the practice. Two to three years’ experience in administrative areas is preferred prior to holding a coding position. There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median placement amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.
The Medical Coding program is 18 weeks in length. Expect to spend 8 hours per week toward the online program. Medical Coding is an add-on course, to be taken in conjunction with an additional course. Special consideration will be given to those who are working in the field and require a certificate for employment to complete Medical Coding as an independent program.