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Medical Billing and Coding

Certificate

Online Program

Next Start Dates
November 12, 2020
January 04, 2021
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November 05, 2020
December 28, 2020

9 months

estimated time to completion with full-time study1

10 courses

to quickly complete your Certificate

8 starts

per year so you can start when you’re ready

Your Educational Future in Healthcare and Technology

Prepare to be a confident professional in a variety of healthcare information roles with your online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. Thanks to online classes and virtual labs, you'll gain skills in coding systems and billing technology, information security and general healthcare knowledge. You can start here and seamlessly work toward your Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree with Rasmussen. You can also access your online courses anytime and anywhere, giving you the flexibility to balance work, life and college.

No application fee, eight start dates a year and no health information experience is required, so starting your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate is easy.

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What Are My Options with a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate?

With a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate, you can prepare for quick entry into healthcare as you continue to advance your education in our Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program. With your Certificate, you can pursue roles such as:

  • Medical biller and coder
  • Patient services team member/navigator
  • Patient registrar

Your career could take you into healthcare settings that include:

  • Physician’s practices
  • Insurance companies
  • Billing companies

Most coding positions are not considered "entry level"; a combination of education and work experience is typically required to attain a coding position. Similarly, coders, especially those who are new to the field, should not expect to find a position where they can work from home. Most coding positions require onsite work.

Why Choose Rasmussen?

No matter what your ultimate educational or career goals are, our online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate training can help set you up for success.

  • Balance work, life and college with flexible fully online courses backed by 24/7 tech support
  • Get credit for what you already know with Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment and transfer credits
  • Examine case studies, authentic coding scenarios, hands-on activities and projects for a first-hand look at industry technology
  • Gain hands-on experience in AHIMA® virtual labs to test your skills and enhance decision-making abilities
  • Collaborate with experienced faculty who want you to succeed in a supportive environment

Continue to Advance

Your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate is just the first step in your educational journey. The health information skills and knowledge you develop in your Certificate set you up to move seamlessly into our Health Information Technician Associate’s degree program—opening more career paths for you.

National Certification

Our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate will help prepare you to pursue the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certificate Coding Associate (CCA) Credential or, with industry experience, the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).3 The CCA credential has been the national standard of achievement in health information management for nearly 20 years, according to AHIMA®.4 Plus, the application fee is included in the total program costs.3

AHIMA® Virtual Labs

AHIMA® virtual labs give students access to multiple state-of-the-art health information software applications, such as 3M and Clintegrity.

  • Simulation activities to enhance decision-making skills
  • Access to hundreds of redacted patient records
  • Interact with both service and specialty medical coding and billing records

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[My admissions advisor] was the person to convince me to give myself and Rasmussen a chance. I could never thank her enough for listening to me, encouraging me and always checking in on me.

Ja’Mea M.

Medical and Billing Coding Certificate and Health Information Technician Graduate

What Will My Courses Look Like?

You’ll learn through online interactive sessions with faculty and peers, AHIMA virtual labs, and real-world case studies, and billing and coding scenarios. Experience with the latest industry technology will help you see firsthand the impact of tech and health information on the system.

Sample Courses

  • Coding Foundations (HIM 1103)

    • Review the coding classification systems, use of code books and hands-on experience with electronic encoders.
    • Gain a fundamental understanding of the applications for the various coding classification systems, along with billing and reimbursement practices.

  • Health Information Law and Ethics (HIM 2410)

    • Analyze the impact of the United States legal system and healthcare laws, regulations, processes, and ethical considerations on health information.
    • Develop the ability to identify and respond to potential ethical dilemmas.

  • Medical Billing and Coding Practicum (HIM 2944)

    • Gain practical application of previously acquired knowledge and skills through clinical case scenarios and sample medical records.
    • Demonstrate competence in determining the principal diagnosis and sequencing of multiple diagnoses and procedures for data collection and reimbursement.

What Skills Will I Gain?

  • Utilize Coding and Billing Technology

    Understand how to navigate real-world coding systems and technology so you can confidently step into your career in a variety of healthcare environments.

  • Coding and Billing

    Accurately code and practice billing medical information using International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) guidelines employing coding software.

  • Information Protection

    Act with an understanding of health information ethics, as well as privacy and security procedures in the collection, storage, and use of health information.

  • Foundational Healthcare Knowledge

    Develop strong medical terminology, anatomy and pathology knowledge to communicate professionally in healthcare settings and perform the functions of coding, billing and revenue cycle.

Climb the Educational Ladder to Your Career

A Medical Billing and Coding Certificate not only helps you quickly enter the field, but also perfectly sets you up to pursue your Associate’s degree. Not only is an Associate’s degree the natural next step in your skills development, it can help expand your career opportunities. You can finish your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate in as few as 9 months2—and then you can complete your Health Information Technician Associate’s degree in as few as 9 months, which is only 13 additional courses.

  • Certificate: Medical Billing and Coding

    Start here if:

    You’re just entering the field and looking for quick entry into a healthcare role. This is a great stepping stone toward your Associate’s degree and a future career in medical billing and coding.9

    Finish in as few as:

    9 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Medical coder/biller
    • Medical insurance claims clerk/specialist
    • Medical collections specialist
    • Patient services representative
    • Patient access representative
    • Patient registrar
    • Medical records clerk

    View Certificate details

  • Associate’s Degree: Health Information Technician

    Start here if:

    You’re ready to learn more about managing patient data, revenue cycle, and billing and coding. You're also interested in pursuing the RHIT® exam.8

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Health information technician
    • Health information data collection and analysis specialist
    • Medical coder/biller-analyst/auditor
    • Electronic health records (EHR) specialist
    • Compliance auditor/specialist
    • Patient care coordinator
    • Release of information specialist
    • Revenue cycle reimbursement specialist

    View Associate’s degree details

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Health Information Management

    Start here if:

    You have your Associate's degree in health information or in an another subject with your RHIT credential. You're interested in a higher leadership role and want to prepare for the RHIA® exam.7

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months2

    Sample job titles:

    • Health information services manager
    • Privacy officer
    • Health information applications
    • EHR implementation specialist
    • Clinical/healthcare informatics analyst/specialist
    • Compliance officer/auditor
    • Revenue cycle reimbursement manager
    • Health information management specialist
    • Clinical documentation specialist

    View Bachelor’s degree details

  • Master’s Degree: Choose Your Path

    Sample MBA job titles:

    • Business analytics and intelligence
    • Business and project management
    • Client relations
    • Education
    • Financial management
    • Government services
    • Healthcare administration
    • Human resources

    Sample MHA job titles:

    • Admissions coordinator or director
    • Clinical director
    • Health services manager
    • Hospital administrator
    • Long-term care administrator
    • Medical services manager
    • Practice manager

Online by Design

Rasmussen courses are fully online and rich in interactive learning to give you more control and balance in your life.

Support to Make it Work

From 24/7 tech support, experienced tutors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.

Transferable Skills

In addition to health information studies, you’ll enhance your skills in critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

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Tuition & Savings

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With eight start dates a year and a total of 10 courses—full-time students can finish in as few as 9 months. You can save even more with transfer credits, loans, grants and more.

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Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. This program is not available to residents of all states. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact an admissions advisor who will speak to you about: background checks and entrance requirements.

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is medical billing and coding?

    Medical coding is the process of collecting and organizing documentation found in a patient's medical record—including services provided, procedures done and patient diagnoses—into alphabetic and numeric codes. These medical codes are then used to bill for services and procedures for payment to providers and facilities. Coded medical information also provides data for health research and state and federal reporting. Medical billers and coders are one piece of the workflow process in healthcare provider organizations to ensure a patient’s health information is complete, accurate and protected.

  • Is medical billing and coding a good career?

    The projected growth of medical records and health information technician jobs from 2018–2028 is projected to grow much faster than average—at 11% versus an average of 5% for other jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.5

  • How do you become a medical biller or coder?

    Earning your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate is a great first step to enter the field. You may also need to complete some additional medical billing and coding training and obtain certification. Check out our 5-Step Guide to Become a Medical Coder for more information.

  • How long does it take to get a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate?

    You can complete your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate in as few as 9 months.2

  • What are AHIMA® Virtual Labs?

    Rasmussen College utilizes AHIMA® virtual labs to help students prepare for the workplace. Courses designed specifically for the lab applications allow students to test their skills and decision-making abilities.

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a global nonprofit of health information professionals who work with health data for more than a billion patient visits each year. For nearly a century, AHIMA has helped improve health record quality by taking a leadership role in the effective management of health data and information and delivering quality healthcare to the public.

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  1. Estimated total program cost for a full-time student with no transfer of credit.
  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  3. The first attempt of the CCS exam may be included in lieu of the CCA if you can demonstrate a minimum of two years’ coding experience directly applying codes. The application fee for each qualified student’s first attempt at the CCA or CCS exam is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  4. AHIMA, “Health Information 101”. https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certifications-overview/career-tools/career-pages/health-information-101/. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  6. AHIMA® Virtual Labs are a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  7. The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) Exam is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Copyright © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  8. The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) Exam is a registered trademark of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Copyright © 2020 AHIMA. All rights reserved.
  9. Most coding positions are not considered "entry level"; a combination of education and work experience is typically required to attain a coding position. Similarly, coders, especially those who are new to the field, should not expect to find a position where they can work from home. Most coding positions require onsite work.
  10. National Online includes all U.S. states except for Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.
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