Supercharge Your Career and Salary: Medical Coding Certifications

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supercharge your career and salaryMedical coding and billing careers draw an average salary of $50,000 a year. Want to beat the curve and make more than the average coder and more than the average worker nationwide? There is one sure way: get certified.

ICD-10 proficiency is not enough. Professional medical institutions are all looking for ICD-10 coders with full-fledged expertise. There is no faster and easier way to prove your capabilities and be a stand out candidate to potential employers than to earn credentials.

Advantages of a Medical Coding and Billing Certificate

  • Less risk for prospective employers: In a job where errors can lead to financial losses and legal action, employers prefer candidates with proven skills. In fact, many employers only hire medical coders and billers who are certified even if they are more expensive to employ for this very reason.
  • Less on-the-job training: Prospective employers can hire certified candidates knowing that they won’t require much additional training. This saves time and resources.
  • Better pay: Because a certification proves the applicant’s competence, employers often pay certified employees more than their uncertified counterparts and consider them first for higher positions.

The Importance of the Right Certification

Not all certifications are worth your time and money. Focus on earning those that are most recognized by employers: the CCA certification from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the CPC credential from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). After earning one of these, you can go on to additional credentials, upping your earning potential and employability. Check out this infographic to find a coding career path and credential that is right for you.

Certification Training

The best way to prepare for a coding certification test is to take a quality training program that prepares you not only for the exam but also for your future career. For example, Career Step’s online medical coding and billing training program provides you with the thorough education you need to be a successful medical coder and biller and be fully prepared for the CCA and CPC certifications.

Don’t settle for a mediocre coding job with mediocre pay; a 4-month training program could be all that is standing between you and a great medical coding career. Already earned your basic credential? Check out the next level of certifications. Within a few months, you could land that promotion and boost your earning potential.


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  1. Lee White December 03, 2015

    I am looking to do remote coding part-time from home. I would need to set up a payment plan for tuition. I need a program that is self paced with no deadlines built in.  If you can provide yes can do answers to these needs then contact me. Otherwise please do not bother me. Thanks

  2. Career Step December 08, 2015

    Hi Lee,

    Career Step has partnered with employers such as IOD Incorporated to provide remote coding opportunities for our graduates. Additionally, we have payment plans available to help you pay for tuition.

    The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, you will have access to your course for 12 months, and if you need more time than that, you can purchase extensions to your course access.

    For more information you can contact an Academic Advisor at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  3. LMcKay March 22, 2016

    Good Afternoon Brian Biehl(sp?) 844-832-5411,
    This is my email. Please send specific targeted information on how and if your program meets the 2 years “on the job” experience, or the 1 year “on the job”+80 hours requirement as a “designated apprentice” for sitting for the CPC(AAPC) exam. Also, is there such a requirement for sitting for the CCS(AHIMA)exam? Thanks.

    The Professional Medical Coding and Billing Program may count as one years’ experience coding.  When you take and pass the CPC exam through AAPC, you will automatically be considered an apprentice, CPC-A.  Upon showing proof of two years experience, you can apply to AAPC to have the “A” apprenticeship designation removed from your credential.  Completing the training will put you ahead in one of those years. 

    The CCS is a more advanced certification, it is recommended you have 2-3 years coding inpatient before sitting for this examination

    Best wishes!

  4. Blanca March 31, 2016

    Hello, I’d like to get a response to the question left by Brian Biehl please. Thanks in advance.

    Hi Blanca,

    The Professional Medical Coding and Billing Program may count as one years’ experience coding.  When you take and pass the CPC exam through AAPC, you will automatically be considered an apprentice, CPC-A.  Upon showing proof of two years experience, you can apply to AAPC to have the “A” apprenticeship designation removed from your credential.  Completing the training will put you ahead in one of those years. 

    The CCS is a more advanced certification, it is recommended you have 2-3 years coding inpatient before sitting for this examination.

    Best wishes!

  5. Graduates April 13, 2016

    LKcKay,

    Thank you for your request. We can look into your student file, and provide the requested letter.

    Can you send the request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)?

    Once we have the request, we can look up your student file and get the correct information needed for the letter.

    Best wishes!


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