Medical Coding and Billing

Career Overview

Medical coding and billing professionals are responsible for ensuring that patient services are properly reimbursed. The need for specialized knowledge, increases in technology and constantly changing guidelines guarantee that medical coders and billers will continue to be in demand.

Medical coders assign codes to clinical diagnoses and procedures. Medical billers submit the codes to insurance companies for reimbursement of medical services. Medical coding and billing are often two separate functions. Medical coders work mainly in hospitals and have little to do with billing claims. Although medical billers may work in hospitals, most work for physicians performing billing and coding functions.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health information technology jobs, including medical billing and coding, are expected to “grow much faster than average” with steady inclines of 20 percent and higher.

Length and Cost of Training

Program consists of 367 hours of online instruction. Each course can be completed in as little as 6-8 weeks. Multiple courses can be taken at the same time. Tuition is $349 per course. Textbooks are included in the cost of tuition.

Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or GED or transcript evaluation equivalence and 18 years of age.
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • CPR

Coursework

  • CPR for Health Professionals (EMSP 1019) - 7 hours
  • Medical Terminology I - 60 hours
  • Medical Terminology II - 60 hours
  • Computerized Medical Billing - 60 hours
  • Medical Coding ICD 10 - 60 hours
  • Medical Office Procedures - 60 hours
  • Health Insurance Processing - 60 hours
Course offerings are online only.