Train for a Career in Medical Coding and Billing
Career Step’s Medical Coding and Billing program will prepare you to work in the rapidly growing healthcare industry and secure a better future for your family. As a professional medical coder and biller, you can earn a great income and possibly even work from home. This career path offers many advantages:
Medical coding and billing professionals enjoy competitive salaries, averaging between $52,600 and $60,300 annually, and the potential for employment benefits.
Well-trained medical coders and billers are in demand nationwide—it is estimated that 50% more coding positions are available than professionals to fill them.
Growing healthcare industry
The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, and medical coding and billing in particular Is expected to enjoy new job growth of 13% by 2026.
We’ve partnered with RCM Health Care Services, a premier provider of staffing solutions for over 400 healthcare institutions, to give you more job placement opportunities.
AHIMA student membership
When you enroll in Career Step’s Professional Medical Coding and Billing with applied PCS program you’ll also receive a one-year student AHIMA membership.
Our online classes are designed by experts with decades of experience to make sure you gain the skills you need to stand out to employers and excel in the field.
Over 100,000 Career Step students can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step and learn medical coding and billing online from the comfort of your own home. As one of the most trusted online schools for medical coding and billing, you can enjoy a successful career as a nationally certified coder and change your life for the better.
Medical Coding And Billing Job Description & Work From Home Opportunities
What Will I Be Doing As A Medical Coder And Biller?
Medical coding and billing specialists review patient medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures performed. The codes are then used to bill insurance and other third-party payers (such as Medicare or Medicaid) as well as the patient.
Most medical coding and billing jobs require professionals to work on-site for hospitals, clinics, physicians, and a variety of other healthcare facilities. However, it's possible to find medical coding and billing jobs from home as well. Many of these positions require a year or two of experience first, but Career Step’s relationships with employers have provided some of our graduates with the opportunity to work from home right after graduation.
Coders use 3 different code sets: CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10. Career Step’s training will teach you to use all of these codes.
The Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program covers the CPT, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS code sets. Most entry-level programs only teach students the ICD-10-CM codes, so the ICD-10-PCS training will give you a head start in the job market. With PCS knowledge you'll have better career advancement opportunities, and you'll be prepared to apply for positions in hospitals. When you graduate, you'll have the skills you need to earn a national certification and start working right away.
How Much Can I Make In Medical Coding And Billing?
Pay scales of medical coders and billers vary by employer, geographic location, and experience, and you can quickly increase your earning potential with industry credentials:
Average salary with 1 credential
According to the 2016 Salary Survey published by AAPC, professional medical coders and billers with 1 credential earn an average of $52,605 annually.
Average salary with 2 credentials
Medical coding and billing professionals with 2 credentials earn an average annual salary of $60,305 according to the same 2016 AAPC salary survey.
Career Step certification prep
Career Step graduates are eligible to sit for the CCA, CCS, or CCS-P exam offered through AHIMA or the CPC or COC exam offered through AAPC. Your coding support instructor can help you determine which exam is right for you.
Career Step's Medical Coding and Billing program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), so you can have confidence that you'll have the knowledge and skills to maximize your earning potential in your medical coding job after graduation.
Is a Career in Medical Coding and Billing Right for You?
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Medical Coding And Billing Training Programs & Classes Online
How Long Will The Training Take?
Career Step's online medical coding and billing program 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.
What's the Difference Between an Associate Degree and a Certificate Programs?
Many people wonder about the differences between earning a certificate compared to earning an associate degree. A certificate program consists of taking courses focused solely on a specific professional or technical field. Associate degrees, on the other hand, usually require the student to take additional courses in other subjects such as writing, math, or other general fields. Earning a certificate tends to be the more streamlined approach once you know what career you want to pursue. So getting that medical coding and billing certificate is faster than pursuing an associate degree, allowing you to focus on career training rather than spending time on unrelated courses.
What Will I Be Learning?
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:
The first section of the program covers things like computer fundamentals, the health information management process, and reimbursement methodologies so you thoroughly understand how medical coding fits within healthcare.
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.
The final section introduces students to all of the different code sets. You'll gain hands-on experience with 3M encoding software as you practice coding actual medical records and reports provided by our employer partners.
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. Our graduates have even been hired to work remotely right after graduation. Choose training employers prefer.
In addition to knowledge and skills gained through the comprehensive curriculum, the program includes a one-year student membership in AHIMA, which will give you access to AHIMA’s mentor program, online peer communities, member discounts, and quality industry information. The connections you make with other HIM professionals through the membership will give you a distinct advantage in the job market.
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Career Step Medical Coding and Billing Instructors
Our instructors are medical coding and billing experts and are there to help you. Watch this video to see what they say about the state of the industry and the training we offer.
Medical Coding And Billing Online Courses With Tuition Assistance
How Much Does The Medical Coding And Billing Training Cost?
Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low tuition payment of
The tuition fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the course. The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and we provide you 12 months of access to ensure you have the time you need to complete your training and prepare to pass a national certification exam.
Are Payment Plans Or Tuition Assistance Available?
Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable educational experience. To provide flexibility, several payment options are available.
What Is Included With My Training Course?
Everything you need to succeed as a medical coder is included with the Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program. You’ll have:
- Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
- ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS industry codebooks
- Ebook textbooks
- AHA ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Handbook
- AHIMA student membership
- AHMA ICD-10-PCS Coding: An Applied Approach
- Access to 3M encoding software
- One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team
- A voucher to take the CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, or COC national certification exam upon graduation (a $325 value)
- Graduate support designed to help you turn your education into a job
The Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program includes 640 hours of curriculum. Start your course online now!