Work toward an in-demand healthcare career as a medical biller or medical coder with our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. In as few as nine months, you can gain experience with real medical records using coding systems in our virtual coding practicum.1 Learn a variety of valuable medical coding training and in-demand skills, including how to navigate electronic health records (EHR) and code healthcare data using ICD and CPT principles in our Medical Billing and Coding online program. With online courses, career-focused curriculum and practical-hands-on opportunities in your classes, you can prepare for medical billing and coding certification and a fulfilling healthcare career.
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.
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What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?
Strive for Industry Certifications
From day one of the program, your Medical Billing and Coding classes include preparation for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).2 For qualified students, the first attempt of the eligible exam is included in the total program costs.3
Advance Your Education
When you’re ready to further your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate credits into our Health Information Technician Associate’s degree.
Pursue Potential Job Growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for medical records and health information technicians is 14%.3 A Medical and Billing program from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
What Skills Will I Gain?
Navigate Electronic Health Record Systems
Understand how to navigate real-world coding systems in our virtual coding practicum so you can confidently step into you career in a variety of healthcare environments.
Accurately code medical information using International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) principles so you can be on the cutting-edge of coding changes in the healthcare environment.
Develop strong medical terminology, anatomy and pathology knowledge so you can be an important correspondent with insurance companies.
Gain important professional skills that employers seek, including critical thinking and communication, as well as an understanding of medical ethics and confidentiality.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- HIM 1103
- 4 Credits
- HIM 2133
- 4 Credits
- HIM 2214
- 4 Credits
Develop skills to accurately code and bill for inpatient, outpatient and physician settings. Learn how to use code books and encoder software.
Revenue Cycle and Billing
Studies the key concepts of medical billing, including the revenue cycle, third-party payers, insurance terminology and state and federal regulations. Learn how to prepare and process claims, and accurately collect and process data.
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information
Studies the causes, diagnoses and treatments of diseases and disorders. Practice identifying key diagnostic and treatment information in order to correctly manage and code a medical record.
11 Courses to Complete
38 Credit Hours
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact an admissions advisor who will speak to you about: immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.
Where Can I Find Online Medical Billing and Coding Classes Near Me?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an online Medical Billing and Coding program near you.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- 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.
- The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt 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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.