Is Online Training Right For Me?

online trainingThe conveniences of taking an online class are enticing.  The comforts of home versus battling traffic, securing a parking spot, and walking blocks across campus- all while carrying your computer and textbooks are just a few.

Before you commit to a virtual training program several considerations should be weighed to determine if online training is right for you.  To be successful with an online training program the student needs a basic understanding of the computer with some strong internet skills

That being said, the ownership of a functional computer, along with internet access is a must!  As there is not likely to be face-to-face contact with the instructor or other students, the learner should be comfortable and confident at communicating via telephone, e-mail, chat rooms, forums, or whatever other methods the school offers. Joining the available community websites is recommended to interact with other students and to benefit from important program announcements. 

Another essential skill for online training is time management. Some training programs have set class discussion times, others are more open and allow you to create your own schedule. Career Step has self-paced training programs; they allow you set your own study schedule and progress at your own pace.  This luxury can become the nemesis of online training; it is essential to be self-motivated, responsible, and accountable as you progress through your training program. 

Many find great success with online training programs! The U.S. Department of Education found on average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. If you can use a computer, communicate well, manage your time and be self-motivated you are well on your way to potential success with an online training program.

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  1. michael khama January 18, 2017

    it is a nice course

  2. Cari simonetti Guereque February 13, 2017

    Hey my name cari and im already enrolled in this online medical billing coding program through Allied school but it seems like school isn’t very reliable??? I’ve tried calling and talking with student services but no calls bk??? How is ur course?? I’m actually still paying monthly too.  How much is ur course

  3. Career Step February 14, 2017

    Hi Cari,
    We are so sorry to hear about your training experience so far.

    The medical billing and coding online program that Career Step offers is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 12 months of program access in case you need extra time.

    The Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program has been designed by experts with decades of experience working in and teaching medical coding. This experience has led us to a 3-part program design:

    Foundations – This first section of the program will teach you things like computer fundamentals, the health information management process, and reimbursement methodologies to ensure you thoroughly understand how medical coding fits within healthcare and have the basics down.

    Biomedical sciences – In order to correctly assign codes, you’ll need a good understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, and this section of the course teaches all of that from a coding perspective.

    Code training – In the final section of our medical coding classes, students are introduced to all of the different code sets and taught how to use them. You’ll practice coding actual medical records and reports (provided by our employer partners) and use the 3M encoding software so you have lots of hands-on experience and graduate ready to earn your credential(s) and start working.
    We’ve specifically designed this medical coding training program to ensure you gain exactly the skills you need to start working as a medical coder, and with our applied PCS training you’ll stand out to employers.

    Some of the largest and most respected names in healthcare (including the leading provider of healthcare services in the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest managed healthcare companies) use our curriculum to train their employees. Some of our graduates have even been hired to work remotely right after graduation. Choose training employers prefer.

    If you would like to learn more about the course, including our student support, please visit this link:

    In addition, we have academic advisers available to help you with any question you may have. Feel free to reach out to them at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Hope this helps!

  4. isaacmckinney February 16, 2017

    im really not sure how i can achevive this goal without my highschool deploma or my g.e.d but i know that the smallest voices with the right ear will make me potentail is endless i always take on new challges and its only what my heart tells me to take i say that to say this, thank you (Carrer Step) (Diroctor of Admission Mr.Matt Mortensen)

  5. John D March 12, 2017

    Good article on online learning/training!



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