Best Online Courses For Medical Coding | Make Money Online

In 2006, more than 3.2 million U.S. college and university students enrolled in at least one online course, an increase of 850,000 from the year before. For the last several years, enrollment in distance learning education has been increasing at a phenomenal rate each year, and there appears to be no let up in sight. With interest in distance learning education at an all-time high, one might wonder just what all the fuss is about. Are there any significant benefits of online courses and if so, what are they? To answer that question, here is a short list of benefits that are attractive to students seeking an e-learning solution for their educational goals. – Many online schools offer year-round enrollment. There’s no need to wait until the fall or spring semester, online students can begin class throughout the year. – Online courses often feature condensed curricular modules that accelerate the learning process by removing extraneous material and focusing on core content. – Online courses are convenient. Students can attend classes from practically anywhere, and at any time, 24/7, as long as there is an available computer and access to the internet. This flexibility allows students to continue their current lifestyle with minimal disruption, if any. Students can work full or part time, spend time with family and friends, participate in regular daily activities, and still be able to study at a convenient time and location that fits right into their schedule. – Students can study at their own pace. Online courses don’t usually have “scheduled” meetings, so students can work on assignments according to their own schedule and learning method. However, it’s important that students remember that assignments and exams are regularly scheduled events. All due dates for course assignments must be adhered to, just as in traditional college classes. – For many students, there is reduced expense, as e-learning courses can be less expensive overall than traditional campus-based courses. While the online class, textbooks, and other material may actually cost as much as in a traditional classroom, the savings come from a significant reduction of expenses in other areas. Students can save on such things as travel or automobile expense, on-campus housing costs, child-care, and loss of earnings if the student can’t work or works less while attending school. – E-learning programs provide equal learning environment for students, regardless of physical appearance, age, health, gender, personality traits, religious, social or economic status. Students that might otherwise feel intimidated or overwhelmed by more talkative students are on the same footing in an online classroom. With more time to formulate a response to the instructor’s lectures and questions, even the most word-shy student has an equal chance to be heard in the threaded classroom discussions. Furthermore, there is improved communication with classmates and the instructors through instant messaging, email, chat rooms, threaded discussions, phone or fax. The lines of communication are wide open in the online classroom. – Accredited online programs qualify for financial aid. Eligible students may qualify for grants, scholarships, and student loans, just as traditional campus-based college students would. Arguably, there are some compelling reasons for students considering online distance learning courses. If you are looking to continue your own education but you just don’t see how you can do it with a traditional program, online courses may very well provide the right e-learning solution for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a legit online school for medical coding and billing?
    Im looking for an online course that gives certificates in medical billing/coding. But I want to make sure its a legitimate place, that offers job placement after completion. Has anyone took online courses in this subject? Can you give me some details on it? How long did it take, what does the job entail..etc.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about Medical coding and billing for a job in a clinic or Dr.s Office, ok, HOWEVER
      be advised that any school or on-line study bit that alleges that you can work-at-home doing your “medical coding and billing” job
      NOW THAT IS BOGUS!

      The ONLY real jobs in the field are ones where the employee mush show up for work at the Clinic or office where the work is organized, this insures the privacy of patent records. There are only a few openings for people who are VERY trusted by their employers to work at home in this field and NEVER are those opportunities advertised on the web!

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if getting a job will happen after taking a online certificate course?
    I am thinking about taking a online certificate course in medical coding and billing. What are the odds of getting a job when Im done?

    • ANSWER:
      Good.
      Also consider self teaching yourself as much as you can.
      Being self taught is also, just as well respected in my opinion – if not better.
      Go to your bookstore and get a book on medical coding.
      It may come with a cd, you can practice test from.
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  3. QUESTION:
    No work experiance and looking for a job in medical office?
    I am currently taking online courses for medical billing and coding diploma. I should be finished within 6 months. After having my baby I will be looking for a job in a medical office. The problem is I don’t have any job experiance.

    What kind of job can I do in a medical office without any experiance?

    Or should I work in another field and when I recieve my diploma just find a job within a medical office?

    • ANSWER:
      My suggestion to you is to try to get some volunteer exp in a local medical office or hospital, that way you can at least get your foot in the door. If that is not a option for you, you can try to work part time in a medical office/hospital and let them know that you are interested in working full time. If all that fails, you should take a job in another field but keep your eyes open for something that you can use your diploma in. Check out the newspaper or internet and apply for jobs that best fit what you want to do. Hope this helps! Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Anyone know where I can go to apply for grants and scholarships for single mothers for online classes?
    I am single mother of two, applying for an online course in medical billing and coding. I need financial help in order to go. I am low income, usually work monday-friday 8-5, so online is a must. I am a daughter of a veteran and a granddaughter of a deceased veteran. I tried google, but am not having much luck. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Considering your situation and other things, you definitely deserve the grant. But the thing is that you have to seek help from right place. If you do that you will surely get what you are expecting.

      Best wishes.

  5. QUESTION:
    How hard is it to learn Medical Coding?
    I would like to take an online medical coding course through Kaplan University but am afraid that the course might be hard as I have seen several lists of various codes. Do you have to learn all the numbers for these codes or is there a guide you can follow? How hard is it to learn medical coding? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks and have a great day!

    • ANSWER:
      well on a scale i would say about 5 — my niece is one and though she has a good memory i would not say she is the brightest light in the room!!!

  6. QUESTION:
    Best online course to learn Medical Coding and get a Certification ?
    I have more than 2 years of experience of medical billing + A/R collections. Searching for online courses that charge low tuition fees which train in ICD coding and offer course completion certificate as well.
    Any pointers?
    Thanks for reading.

    • ANSWER:
      I have personally worked with an online school called Career Step and I highly recommend them. Another great place to look is the AHIMA website. They have a list of AHIMA approved medical coding courses. Just select “Yes” under “Distance Learning” and it will give you a list of online courses that are approved. I put a link to the website locations below.

      Besides those 2 resources, there is your local community college or university. They may have a medical coding course online. So it would be through the college but an online course.

  7. QUESTION:
    Where can I take a brush up course on medical coding in Pittsburgh, PA?
    I’m also open to online review courses and practice exams on medical coding that are both flexible and comprehensive.

    • ANSWER:
      You can enroll in a short-term review, refresher or practice course at your local community college in Pittsburgh, PA (one example is the Community College of Allegheny County). Many of them have evening or weekend classes and this should help you brush up on coding procedures and guidelines before the test.

      Alternatively, if you’re preparing for the CPC or CCS-P medical coding exam exam then I recommend that you get Laureen Jandroep’s medical coding videos:

      http://cpcexam.ellsed.com

      This is a flexible option and the course is a combination of online review and DVDs that cover both the AAPC and AHIMA certification exams in one place. I’ve found them to be particularly useful for the “edge” before the coding exam in Pennsylvania.

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Online Medical Code Courses in London?
    I would like to take a course in Medical Code.I did some research and I couldn’t find anything in London .Also , does anyone know the other interesting short courses that require analytical/or plus creative mind?
    I can’t afford to go to Uni besides I am 33 years old.

    Thank you to everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a small college or community college, if you have them there. Then they will supply the entire array of the coursework online in most circumstances.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best onlie school for Medical coding and Billing?
    Does anyone have any expirence with Medical coding and billing courses online? If so are they worth it? And which ones?

    • ANSWER:
      None. I would rather try to find a local, a reputable school program with job placement . It is very hard to find that kind of job as an entry level (http://www.indeed.com/forum/job/medical-coder/05390c183c137e18727c4602?myst=50) and Employers won’t recognize your credits if they do not know the school you attended… my opinion..

  10. QUESTION:
    where can I find Online Medical Code Courses in London?
    I would like to take a course in Medical Code.I did some research and I couldn’t find anything in London .Also , does anyone know the other interesting short courses that require analytical/or plus creative mind?
    I can’t afford to go to Uni besides I am 33 years old.

    Thank you to everyone.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Do i want a certificate or career diploma?
    I am going through online courses to become certified in medical coding and billing. So the questions is..certificate? or career diploma?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello KayGem,

      The answer to your question really depends on what you will be trying to do after you have earned either a certificate, degree or certification.

      Based on my own experience (being employed, working from home as a telecommuter and now I currently own my own medical billing company) if you are going to be seeking a job then you should be looking for something more substantial than just a certificate.

      If you will be pursuing medical coding then I would definitely say go for a degree that would allow you to knowledgeable sit for , take and pass the national certification exam because that is what most if not all employers are looking for. Not to mention that your salary will be so much more than someone that is still training to sit for the national exam through AHIMA or the AAPC.

      If you are seeking to get a job as medical biller only then a certificate course would suffice because it shows employers that you have taken the initial steps to learn the entry level portion of medical billing and are willing to expand on that knowledge by working for them.

      Getting a diploma/degree in medical billing will give you leverage against the competition that you will face in the work world from those that have no background or practical experience. However, even if you go the route of just studying to become a medical biller only it would really, really benefit you if you were to continue your education and go for a degree in coding and then become nationally certified.

      The field of medical billing and medical coding are the types of professions that require you to be continuously learning so you should also look to broaden your horizon and keep yourself ahead of the pack. You can do that by taking addition courses, seminars, workshops, etc. for things like HIPAA, Workman s Comp., Dental billing, DME billing, Medicare/Medicaid billing, etc.

      I hope that helps a little,

      Lori

      http://medicalbillingbooks.tripod.com/id2.html/

  12. QUESTION:
    Trying to become a Medical biller which is better as far as educational training..online or vocational school?
    I’m trying to break into the field of Medical billing/ coding and I ‘m not sure which is the most effective way to go about training. There’s a big price difference between the online courses and the actual physical vocational schools. Which is better?

    • ANSWER:
      I find that, while online courses are convenient (you can take them anytime, anywhere, they’re rather inexpensive), vocational schools are in the long run better because there’s more interaction, you can ask questions (believe me, you will have questions), and you’re not limited to what you see on the screen. I’m actually in the process of becoming a Medical Biller myself, so I did quite a bit of research. Vocational schools are pretty common now, but there was one in particular that caught my attention. I don’t know if you live in the New York, New York area, but there’s a school called School Amba that offers private tutoring for a fraction of the price you’d pay at other vocational schools. And it’s private tutoring. The most you’ll get at other schools is some group lecture which isn’t too different from the online courses. In any case, I recommend you do some research. Online courses, while they’re cheap, come with cons that may outweigh the pros.

  13. QUESTION:
    Has anyone graduated pennfoster online medical coding and billing?
    I’m taking the corse medical coding and billing from penn foster and I recently heard that some hosptials dont hire people who take these online courses IS THIS TRUE???

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know if anyone has graduated from Penn Foster, but yes I have heard that alot of places hospitals,doctors offices, etc dont hire people who do some online schools however I did do alot of research on online schools and Penn Foster was the only one that accredited, although they do not do grants they are an accredited school…

      On another note have you done the law and ethics parts of your course yet.. I am having the worse luck finding the answer to question #3. Any help would be greatly appreciated

  14. QUESTION:
    What are good online courses for medical billing?
    I am looking for a good online medical billing course for upto 6 months, which will get me a certificate of completion at the end?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you attend your local community or technical school. They teach the same basic curriculum, most offer online classes and it will be WAY cheaper than the private for profit(online only schools).

      Most online schools are over priced, have non transferable credits and don’t offer a better education for the price you are paying.

      Also, a lot of these schools promise “job assistance”, do not believe this, it is a joke. They will NOT guarantee you a job and most of the time their “assistance” is to tell you to look at local job ads.

      Just an FYI, this field has quickly become over saturated with new grads and most employers are only hiring employees who have at least 2 years experience. When you read about coding shortages, they mostly mean there is a shortage of experienced and certified coders. So once you gain the necessary experience, there are usually a fair amount of jobs to chose from.

      But until you get that experience, it can be hard to find a job. It is generally the advice to try to get a job elsewhere in HIM. If you can, try to find a HIM job in a hospital. That way you can gain experience and network. Most hospitals prefer to hire from within, so already being an employee will give you an advantage.

  15. QUESTION:
    I’d like to know how much it costs (financial aid) to go to school for medical billing & coding?
    I am interested in taking a online course getting trained in medical billing & coding this way I could work from home. We are a 1 car family & could use the extra income (just like everyone else). I have done some research before and couldn’t believe the cost of the training that I have found, it was almost ,000! I would really appreciate if there is anyone that could guide me in a better direction.

    • ANSWER:
      The Career Step course is only ,200 and is has everything you need to become a medical coder and biller. ,000 is outrageous! Not as many medical coders and billers work form home though. There are some who do but it is not nearly as common as it is for medical transcriptionists. So if that is your main goal, you may want to research the career a little more. I do believe that AviaCode hires coders from home. Either way, if you want to look into medical transcription, Career Step offers training for that too.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can medical coding be taken by foreign students in the UK?
    I’m from India. I have completed my 12th Grade (which I think is Equivalent to high school diploma in the UK) in the year 2006 and working in a bpo now. I’m planning to come to England for my higher studies. So will I be eligible to study medical coding over there and what are the chances of getting a job. Is there any other better courses that I can take which is job oriented.

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you’re able to get a student visa to study in the UK, you can choose any course you want for the duration of the stay. The primary medical coding credential in the UK is the National Clinical Coding Qualification. However, from a global perspective, you may also need to get the AAPC or AHIMA certification (both from the US; can be studied online) because it is valid in the US, UK, India and internationally. It increases your scope.

  17. QUESTION:
    who has been thru online courses for medical billing and coding with financial aid?
    I would like to hear from online students who took these courses with financial aid and the schools they would recommend. I am seeing alot of student reviews which are not really positive.

    • ANSWER:
      if you are going into Health Information Technology or Medical Coding

      then you need to go to a school that is CAHIIM accredited

      if you don’t go to a CAHIIM accredited school, then you have wasted your money because you will never be able to sit for RHIT (professional exam)

      http://www.cahiim.org/accredpgms.asp

      http://www.ahima.org/certification/rhit.aspx

      the majority of employers are looking for RHIT certified employees
      and the better pay comes from RHIT as well

      otherwise, with a non-accredited program & a certificate in MCC… well, you can expect to make .25 per hours at best

      my bf is currently on-line student in HIT program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL — it is a highly competitive program… it required him to get all his prerequisites —- there are @ 300 applicants with only 25 slots for this program each year

      the prereqs could not all be done on-line because of classes like BIO 103, BIO 201 & BIO 202

      once he got past his pre-reqs, the rest of his HIT classes are on-line

  18. QUESTION:
    Which is the best health care administrative position for my situation?
    I m thinking of switching to the health care field. I see lot of positions like medical billing and coding, medical assistant, radiology/dental assistant, administrative assistant etc. I want to know what is the best course and how long it will take for me to complete the course to start earning. Since I am a dependent of a software consultant, I am looking for something short-term and inexpensive. Are there any online courses that are worth the money?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally no. Try the career center near you. It can take as little as 4 weeks to 8 months depending on what you are going for. Phlebotomy has a lot of jobs and decent pay. Dental hygienist (takes a little more training) pays well and is in demand.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I choose between medical transcription, medical coding, medical billing?
    I’m interested in some type of online training but can’t decide which
    type of career is best for me. Any ideas how to narrow it down between medical transcription, medical coding, medical billing?

    • ANSWER:
      I am taking online courses for actually 3 different classes right now. I am doing Medical transcription, medical claims and billing, medical and dental assistant. So I know what you are talking about. lol but I am choosing to take all 3 different courses so I can be qualified in alot of things so that way I can get a job easy. The nursing field is in good demand even thought the economy is bad cause everyone always needs hospitals and nursing homes, dr appointments. So any 3 would be a good choice. If you want to work from home I would pick the medical transcription. If you want to work in the office I’d pick medical billing. Good luck to you!

  20. QUESTION:
    I am in desperate need of reviews on the Medical Coding and Billing jobs?
    I am currently considering taking the Medical coding and billing course, and I was wondering if anyone out there could provide me with some information on what the job is like, work environment, hours, pay rate, etc? I would truly appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s one helpful website: http://www.ahima.org/careersinhim/default.aspx

      It contains TONS of information, so please patiently review all the information before taking any actions.

      One warning: there are many AHIMA approved medical coding programs. AVOID those that are offered by for-profit schools.

      One classic example is the one provided by Career Step (a for-profit school). Its medical coding and billing program costs: ,595.

      I have reviewed their materials, and they are not that great (even though the program is approved by AHIMA). For example, in the module Learning and Mastering Medical Terminology Block 3, there’s a Unit that talks about Abbreviations. Here’s the big problem: they only tell you what each listed abbreviation stands for. And that is it. They do not explain what these terms mean at all.

      For instance, they tell you that JVD stands for jugular venous distention. However, they do not tell you what this term means.

      When you contact their student support staff and tell them about this, they tell you to use the coding program’s references (such as online medical dictionary) to look up these terms yourself. So that’s a huge waste of time. As if that were not bad enough, sometimes, you cannot find these terms in their provided references. When that happens, they tell you to Google these terms yourself. Isn’t that crazy?

      AHIMA has a directory of approved medical coding programs (including those at local community colleges, which are way cheaper). Don’t consider for-profit schools like Career Step. They are run by people who only want your money.

      I bought their class through University of California at Riverside Extension. It’s one of the worst decisions that I have ever made.

  21. QUESTION:
    Which is the best health care entry position for my situation?
    I m thinking of switching to the health care field. I see lot of positions like medical billing and coding, medical assistant, radiology/dental assistant, administrative assistant etc. I want to know what is the best course and how long it will take for me to complete the course to start earning. Since I am a dependent of a software consultant, I am looking for something short-term and inexpensive. Are there any online courses that are worth the money?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally no. Try the career center near you. It can take as little as 4 weeks to 8 months depending on what you are going for. Phlebotomy has a lot of jobs and decent pay. Dental hygienist (takes a little more training) pays well and is in demand.

  22. QUESTION:
    How likely is it to get a job decent job after completing Penn Fosters online courses in hvac technician?
    I’ve been looking at the online courses provided by Penn Foster and want to study either aplliance repair or hvac technician, maybe both. I understand there are certifications needed after completing these classes but still want to know my chances on getting a job after I’m done. Also if anyone knows some additional training or some vital certifications I can look into, I would greatly appreciate you sharing with me. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I actually completed my high school through Penn Foster and had no problems getting to my college with it. My friend also did her medical assitant or Medical coding, not sure which one, but she did it trough Penn Foster as well and is now working at a Hospital and makes .50 an hour….. You can even call the school your self, they have a phone number on the website and ask them any questions that you have…

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Phlebotomy and Medical Assistant?
    I’m can’t decide which course to take. What is the differnce between a phlebotomist and a medical assistant i checked a couple places online but they both say they have most of the same duties but phlebotomy pays more. can anyone who does either of these explain them to me a little more? also my sister is going to school for 2 years for medical coding and billing but that is also listed on the 6 week certification course at my local college what is the difference between that and what she is doing and would it be better than the other 2?

    • ANSWER:
      A phlebotomist draws blood. A medical assistant does more. As for coding, it is beyond me why someone would need to study for 2 years to do medical billing and coding. It’s not rocket science. It took me a few months to learn. It is very procedural in nature. Phlebotomy and MA involves hands on patient care, medical coding and billing is more behind the scenes and administrative. It depends what would make you happier. Coders make DARN good money once they have some experience and are certified. Phlebotomists and MAs would not make as much as an experienced medical coder, but it’s what is going to make you happy long-term.

  24. QUESTION:
    I am interested in learning medical coding and billing and need to do it online. What is a good school?
    If anyone does medical coding and billing, I would be interested in knowing more about what billers and coders do at work.

    • ANSWER:
      There aren’t supposed to be too many jobs for the medical biller/coder (or medical assistants) despite what career schools proclaim :) Please also steer clear of online, for profit schools such as university of phoenix, penn foster, stratford career, strayer and others: http://www.uopsucks.com

      Perhaps look into a more affordable program, if still interested, at the county vo-tech school or community college (perhaps non credit course).

      US colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

  25. QUESTION:
    Is there more of a demand for medical billing, coding or medical transcriptionist at this time in Colorado?
    I’m wanting to take classes online for either medical billing, coding or transcriptionist. I live in Colorado.

    Which one will always be in demand and secure for jobs?

    NO SPAM PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      Are you hoping to work from home? Because if so, you’ll want to look at demand on the national level rather than state. I live in NV and have worked in NJ and CA. So location (with these fields) isn’t always an issue.

      The US Department of Labor states” Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive proportionately greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require documentation. A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can be shared easily among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems. Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify discrepancies in medical reports.”

      “Wage-and-salary medical transcriptionists had median hourly earnings of .40 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between .17 and .06. The lowest 10 percent earned less than .22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than .15.”

      If your hoping to get into this field, though, you will most likely need training from an AHDI ‘approved’ program. Most employers require experience or participation in one of the top AHDI approved schools. If your looking into Medical Transcription pay the extra in tuition to attend an ‘approved’ school. The top three schools are Career Step, Andrews, and M-Tec.

      Many people have received training through inadequate programs only to find out that they are unable to find a job. AHDI sets the standards for MT courses. Employers know that graduates of these ‘approved’ courses have gained the skills necessary to begin their career as an MT. —— AHDI is the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity – www.ahdionline.org (formerly known as the American Association for Medical Transcription).

      I attended Career Step and recieved a job (at-home) less than a week after graduating. I’ve received several more job offers since, but have stuck with my original employer because of the flexibility they offer. Career Step is an AHDI approved program and they are partnered with many of the major MT employers. In other words, their graduates get the jobs. Many companies require 2-3 years experience, however, a lot of these companies will waive this requirement if you graduate from the right school.

      I recommend CS because they are partnered with MANY employers, self-paced (you can finish in a few months or take as long as over a year or two), and more affordable than the other top 2 courses. Plus, I have personal experience (and success) with the program. Attending your local community college will give you a good chance at a job in-house, but if you are wanting to work from home, an online ‘approved’ course is the way to go. Choosing the right school is so important! They do offer financial aid and payment plans. :)

      If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: bcharmed01 at yahoo dot com

  26. QUESTION:
    Why is college so expensive even if you take online courses?
    Even to take an online course at home I got quoted from 13,000 — 36,000 dollars.

    These were courses like medical billing, coding, english, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Most ‘real’ colleges are non-profit – they charge what it costs to educate you, or sometimes less (if they get state funding). Online schools are businesses – they’re trying to make money, so they charge a lot more than it costs them to educate you.

  27. QUESTION:
    should I stay in Oregon or go somewhere I want to be Pittsburgh, PA?
    I am trying to come to a decision about what I should do. My idea is to move to Pittsburgh after I finish my online course in Medical Insurance Billing & Coding, then get a job at UPMC. Then I can go to community college to become a nurse then go to the University of Pittsburgh. But I’m just wondering if this is the right choice, or should I move somewhere else within my state of Oregon and go to community college here for nursing (after my online course) then move to Pittsburgh? Because I really don’t like it here, and want to get out as soon as possible! By the way I don’t have a job. Because of my online course and the fact that I can’t find one. What do you recommend? Thank you, so much.

    • ANSWER:
      The State of Pennsylvania has relatively better opportunities for medical billing & coding (including the health care industry as a whole) compared to Oregon. I know, I worked there as a coder for a year. So if your focus is on a coding / nursing / health care career then Pittsburgh is a good start. Remember that you’ll need to get a national certification for jobs in medical insurance billing and coding.

  28. QUESTION:
    I am looking for medical coding and billing to do at home, does anyone know where to begin to search companies
    I have 10 yrs medical experience,and just finshed home course in medical billing and coding and would like to do some part time at home.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been looking too….can’t really find anything. Everything I do find is expensive to do. What class did you do at home? I was looking to do classes online…don’t have time to go to school. Sorry I couldn’t help…I will still look though and let you know what I find.
      Good Luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a diploma and a certificate programs?
    I’ve been searching for schools online for medical billing and coding. Some schools have diploma programs and some certificate ones. Some have associates programs too.
    Whats the difference and would one get me a better job than the other one?

    • ANSWER:
      A certificate basically says you’ve taken a few courses on a subject. A certificate will qualify you for an entry level job

      A diploma suggests several courses in the same area have been taken, it is similar but better than a certificate

      An associates degree (AA) is a 2 year college degree.

      Of the three, the AA is the most respected.

  30. QUESTION:
    Medical billing and coding online “honest: websites to check out?
    I’m interested in learning about medical coding and billing and don’t know which online course would be worth the money or be honest in giving certifications. Would appreciate any honest choices.Thanks for any info………

    • ANSWER:
      MT Advantage Career Center teaches medical transcription, coding, and billing. The courses are all online. Best wishes to you.

  31. QUESTION:
    Do you have idea which school is good to enroll for Medical billing and coding?
    I am a full time mom and I would like to get back to school and take Medical Coding and Billing. I want to know if someone knows here where to take Medical coding and billing in San diego area and which is not so expensive. I prefer campus class than online. But I will accept some opinion for online class. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that in order to become a coder, you have to take an exam and be a certified coder. And I don’t think it would be possible to pass the exam without training. I thought all coders needed to be certified. I may be wrong.

      If you are looking for a class, I know you stated that you prefer to attend a class rather than take an online course but here is a link to a demo of an online course. At least you can check it out and see if online would be the thing you want to do or not. http://www.careerstep.com/demo-cb/?uid=a1403

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get a degree for medical billing?
    I mean if I start doing online courses, what is the average amount of time that it takes to complete them and begin working?

    • ANSWER:
      I am familiar with the Career Step medical coding and billing course and it is 640 hours. That equates to 4 months if you work on the course full-time or it can take longer of you devore less time to it. So it depends on you. Here is a link to their course demo. http://www.careerstep.com/demo-cb/?uid=a1403 Check it out and see if it would interest you.

      There are many open positions. I would do a search in your area to see what is curently out there!

      Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    Can I get the American Opportunity Credit?
    My wife took a online course for a total of 300 hours through a local college. It was for a medical coding and billing certification. Can I get the credit?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    When should start working towards a Coding Certification, I already have on the job training.?
    I received on the job training for medical coding in the Ancillary and ED areas. I am wondering what steps will I need to take to get certified?

    • ANSWER:
      You can start working toward certification right away. If your intention is to get a national medical coding certification like CPC (AAPC) or CCS (AHIMA) then you will need to devote at least 2-3 months in studying for the same. Start off with a basic course in medical billing and coding at your local community college and beef it up through a mix of online classes and practice exams. I followed the same route for exam prep and getting certified.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is medical terminology important to billing and coding?
    I’m in online school for medical billing and coding. We’re doing this medical terminology class and it seems like a lot of medical stuff. Meaning, we’re having to learn about anatomy and diagnosing diseases. It’s a lot of stuff I never thought I’d be learning when I signed up. I thought it’d be just defining what the terms mean. I’m having a pretty hard time with it and I’m wondering if knowing these diagnostic tests and conditions is very important to being a medical biller and coder?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, medical terminology is one of the fundamental elements of medical coding. Imagine the importance of a dictionary while learning a language. Medical terminology is similar to that toward becoming a biller and coder. Of course, there are other elements as well including A&P, diagnostic codes and medical conditions.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can come one advise me on Medical Coding career?
    In US medical coding is a career. What does it involve? What studies have to be done? How long does it take to qualify? How much does it cost? Is it worth? What salary payments can be expected? Are the studies difficult? Can one study on-line or class room is a must? What books are recommended? Any information on Medical Coding career will be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      There aren’t supposed to be too many jobs for the medical coder or biller (or medical assistant) despite what those private expensive career/technical schools say. With medical coding, the person usually needs a couple of years experience doing coding tasks, certification(s) in the field and preferably completion of an accredited coding program to possibly get a job.

      With schooling, please steer clear of those online, for-profit schools (some have ‘bricks and mortar’ buildings and may be ‘accredited’) such as penn foster, ashworth, everest, ITT tech, sanford brown, kaplan, career step, argosy, walden, US career, remington, stratford career, devry, colorado tech, ashford, strayer and others as they are merely out to ‘make a profit’ (and course credits may Not transfer): http://www.ripoffreport.com and can type into search.

      If still interested in the field, please consider the county vocational-technical school or community college as long as the program is accredited within the industry.

      For US colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a good online college for medical billing and coding?
    What is a good online college that is not too expensive? I want to study for medical billing and coding, and plus I am a stay-at-home mom. Could you please help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      Please only consider online classes from a community college and steer clear of those online, for-profit schools such as penn foster, high tech, ashworth, strayer, university of phoenix, capella, ITT tech, devry, kaplan, stratford career, everest, walden, colorado tech, aiu, regis and others as they are merely out to ‘make a profit’ (and course credits may NOT transfer to other schools): http://www.ripoffreport.com and can type into search.

      Please be aware that there are Not supposed to be too many jobs for the medical biller or coder (or medical assistant) despite what those private overpriced for-profit tech schools proclaim. Some employers prefer applicants with an associate degree in health information (‘medical records’) technology, too, in order to possibly get the job as a coder.

      For general career info: http://www.bls.gov/oco and can search ‘bill and account collectors’, ‘medical records and health information technicians’ (coding is briefly mentioned) or such.

  38. QUESTION:
    Are you earning good money with medical billing coding/billing?
    Anybody here earned a degree on medical billing/coding or transcription online? If so,could you please share your experience.Did you do class online or have the course materials sent by mail and used books instead? Please include the school and the fee you paid for the whole program and how long did it take you to finish? Did the school help you for job placement? And the last thing is, are you satisfied with the salary you are getting? Do you work at home or at medical offices? Thanks so much and i would love to hear from you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have done medical transcription for over 40 years. I learned many years ago through on-the-job training in a hospital. Most successful transcriptionists these days train through on-line courses. It is VERY important when selecting a school to make sure they have job placement and that they actually have partnerships with companies who actually hire their grads. Without this foot in the door it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get a company to hire you without experience.

      My earnings the past several years has been in the neighborhood of ,000 annually. You would not expect to make that much in the beginning but it is possible once you gain experience. I work at home and have since the invention of computers. The majority of medical transcriptionists work from home.

      As for the time it would take you to finish the course, that is up to you, how fast you learn, how much time you devote to it and whether you are a fast learner. Some people have successfully completed the course in a couple of months.

      This is not a get rich quick scheme but a legitimate job where you would have benefits similar to what you would have in an office. Working at home you are paid on production, usually 6-10 cents per line (65 characters including spaces). There are shortcuts you can use that greatly increase your production.

  39. QUESTION:
    Has anyone recenlty gone through the Penn Foster Medical coding and billing program?
    I am going to be starting the medical coding and billing career diploma in a few days and i was wondering if there are any graduates of this program that can share there experiences. Id really love to know if finding a job will be easy or hard. I know that i plan on taking the certification exams after i graduate which im hoping will help me get a job quicker. Any advice will help thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sarah24!

      We are thrilled you are considering our program, and would be happy to welcome you as a student!

      COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING:

      Our Medical Coding & Billing Diploma Program is most definitely a complete training program, designed to prepare students who have little or no prior medical office background to learn to code. Some of the major areas of focus include:

      Office Procedures
      Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
      Word and Excel
      Business English
      Body Systems Terminology
      Basic Pharmacology
      Medical Coding
      Electronic Medical Records

      TUITION INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS, EXAMS & SHIPPING:

      The tuition does include all of your study guides, lessons, and exams, which are online; there are also textbooks which will be shipped to you along with professional coding manuals which are yours to keep upon graduation! There is no added cost for these materials as this is all included in the fees that you pay.

      CONTINUED CAREER GROWTH:

      I would have to strongly disagree with some of the other feedback you have received suggesting that the need for coders will diminish in the near future. According to the US Department of Labor as well many other reputable resources you can see that the need for trained coders continues to grow as the medical field constantly changes. Changes in new technology, new treatments, as well as the aging population spurs more growth in the medical field which in turn requires more of a need to manage medical information and billing. Although some people may argue that a special automated software program may replace the human need for this position, I do not see that many doctor offices and smaller companies making the financial investment that would be required to change over to that type of system. Also, there is a risk for an imperfect system in automatic coding since there are just too many variables for errors.

      CERTIFICATION:

      In reference to certification, I would like to add that generally speaking, certification is voluntary and not always expected by newcomers just entering the field. Since coding is such a complex system to understand, certification does demonstrate to prospective employers that you have mastered certain areas of coding, meaning that you are more likely to be more accurate in your work. Accuracy is of course key to job in that rejected claims cost time and money.

      MEMBERSHIP & DISCOUNTS:

      Nevertheless, I am happy to advise you that Penn Foster students can take advantage of professional certification exams to help prepare them for a successful start in their new career! The AAPC, American Association of Professional Coders, is an industry-leading professional group which promotes compliance, accuracy, knowledge, and practice management for coders. They offer certification exams which are looked favorably upon emlpoyers as I stated above.

      Penn Foster does include a free student membership with the AAPC. Students receive the postcard with the option to join. Students that have an active student membership also receive a discount on the cost of the certification exams should a student decide to sit for certification. In addition to these benefits, we have a thriving Student Community where you can network with other PF students, staff, and faculty and receive support with your studies. We have a very active Medical Coding & Billing group of students that share their experiences with each other as well!

      I hope that the above information has helped clarify your questions and general concerns about our program! We welcome the opportunity answer any of your additional questions, please feel free to reach us at www.pennfoster.edu for help.

      We hope to see you as a student!

      Best Wishes

  40. QUESTION:
    Should I quit my job as a bank teller to become a medical billing and coding specialist?
    I am 30 yrs old with two beautiful boys. I’ve been working for 8 months as a bank teller. I’ve been really thinking about taking a course in medical billing and coding. I’ve been doing my research and from what I’ve been reading it’s a promising career. Im not really all that happy with my current career choice financially. Does anybody have any advice on my career decision? HELP

    • ANSWER:
      The pay for billers and coders vary greatly depending where you and what certifications you have. Working for a hospital requires the CPC credential and the money is good and benefits excellent. Working for a doctors office or clinic w/o certification pays about – an hour starting out. With certification, working in a doctors office would be around – an hour. Hospital coders make about an hour starting w/ benefits. Working at home- some coders work at home for doctors offices and some billers do the same. If you get into electronic claims submission, it can be lucrative but difficult to find the clients at first. Bank tellers do not make good money, in my opinion. I feel the career change would be beneficial to you. I recommend reading AHIMAs website. Also check out www.med-certification.com. You can get quality training online, but BEWARE of companies that are really software vendors pretending to be schools to rope you into buying their software. Good online training should not cost more than ,000.

      Another thing, if you plan to do billing at home, there will be a hefty software expense for you. For example, the going price for Medisoft Patient Accounting Software is about ,000. So, there will be start up costs.

      Your best best, in my opinion, is to get some good online training. Get your CCA credential from AHIMA and start out in a doctor’s office doing coding and billing. Then, study and get your CCS P credential and then continue moving up from there. Eventually, I’d shoot for a hospital coding job.

      It is a good career choice, stable and solid, and growing.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do you think medical coding and billing is hard?
    I just started a medical coding and billing course online and I’m feeling quite intimidated looking at the course descriptions.

    It’s all alone, and I have 51 tests and one year to complete it…then, I can take the licensing exam.

    Do you think it’s hard?
    And, if anyone out there does this as a career, do you like it? Do you do it in an office or from home? I have health issues so I’m hoping I can work from home.
    *online

    Not, alone.
    You can see where my mindset is. It’s all alone, lol.

    • ANSWER:
      My Girlfriend is a Medical Coder in one of the Big Hospitals here in Phoenix- and She says that while it IS a little Intimidating & Challenging at First, it gets progressively Easier as you go along ! It also pays very Well; and You can find Job Openings for Them in almost ANY part of the Country ! So try to do at least One or Two Test a week; Study HARD for that Exam ( cuz it IS a Tough One ), and DON’T get Overwhelmed by all there Is to Remember !! Your “Comfort Level” with the Material will Increase -along with your Experience at it . -Good luck ! :)

  42. QUESTION:
    I have a question about medical billing and coding?
    I am interested in taking a training course in medical billing and coding. But, I have been searching and I can not find any schools that offer training online. If anyone knows of a school that offers training online that provides financial aid please let me know. Also, if you do medical billing and coding yourself please let me know how you would describe it. Is it insanely hard to do, was it hard at first and now you like it, is it something that you wouldn’t recommend people doing (if so for what reason), or do you love it and find it easy for others to grasp? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Before you plunge headlong into this, there’s something you need to consider.

      Right now, and according to statistical predictions up to the year 2010, the medical billing, coding, and transcribing fields are over-saturated.

      This has been due to the explosion in recent years of these careers being marketed in the work at home business arena.

      Personally, i think you’d have a better chance at getting your foot in the door with any business, including those in the medical field by offering services as a virtual assistant.

      If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a free ebook available at the link given below.

      Wishing you much success.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why get more Schooling after High School?
    I have an older cousin, who now gets welfare for himself and his wife. He went to college for many years, and has a degree in Chemisty, and he also is highly skilled in Helicopter maintenance, and has worked on helicopters in Alaska and other places. He said the demand for his skills just dried up, and now him and his wife basically live month to month from welfare help. And he owes several thousands in student loans that he will never be able to repay.

    A woman I used to work with at a local Hospital worked in the Housekeeping department, cleaning, and she decided to take an online course through Phoenix, in Medical Coding. She passed with high grades, and the Medical Records department at the Hospital gave her a job. After 3 months, I noticed she was back working in Housekeeping again, cleaning toilets. She told me, the actual work was much more demanding then she thought it would be, and she could not grasp it, so she had to get back into cleaning in the Housekeeping department, as the Medical records department, was going to fire her. Now she cleans toilets again, and has debt from the online School.

    I myself am a High School graduate, and I hated School. All it was for myself was a place to get picked on, daily. After School I worked 30 years as a janitor. I also tried taking an online college course in PC repair. I could not grasp or make heads or tails of the stuff I read in the books. So, I am still cleaning floors, etc.. And I owe the online School, almost 2k in debt.

    What the heck good, is more Schooling after graduating from High School?

    • ANSWER:
      Does more schooling guarantee success? Of course not. It’s a tough economy, and there are plenty of people like the ones you know who have higher education and are still out of work.

      That said……it’s all about bettering your chances.

      Check out the Bureau of Labor unemployment stats by education level:

      Didn’t finish high school: 12% unemployment
      High school grad: 8% unemployment
      Some college: 7% unemployment
      Bachelor’s degree or better: 3.7% unemployment

      http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t04.htm

      So……..a person with a bachelor’s degree is over 3 times less likely to be unemployed than a HS dropout and over twice as unlikely as a HS grad.

      Notice that when the economy was really bad a year ago, the numbers and spread was worse than it is now.

      While the unemployment rate will never be zero in any of the above categories and there will always be unemployed people in all categories, the more education you have, the better your chances get.

      Education is about giving yourself the best chance possible.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have a question about medical billing and codeing schooling?
    how could you take an online class for medical billing and codeing,also how do people graduate either from taking it online or being in the class, if people say it’s better sitting in the class than doing it at home than why do they have the online course and how do people still yet graduate from the online virsion.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are online as well as classroom courses in medical coding and billing. Some people say they like the classroom setting because it is easier for them to go and possibly to learn for them. That may be because there is a certain time set aside (time they have to be at school) to do the work and they physically have someone in front of them instructing them on what to do. With an online version, most are self paced which means you work on the course at your own pace. You have to set time aside each time you want to study. You have to read the material and learn from it. Which is easier or harder depends on the person. Some people like having the online version because they maybe work another job and can study at night. Some may not have the discipline to an online course and learn better with a classroom setting. All depends on your personality.

      Students graduate by taking quizzes and tests throughout the course but most important is the final exam which will test all the skills/knowledge you should have learned throughout the course. A passing grade on the final exam will allow you to graduate.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is an good accredited online school for medical billing and coding?
    is the school accredited or is a online degree worth anything? I would like to do medical billing and coding online. But I’m not sure if online college will get me anywhere

    • ANSWER:
      There are some top accredited online colleges offering online medical billing and coding degrees.
      Penn Foster Career School
      Allied Schools
      Ashworth University
      Stratford Career Diploma
      To give you more information about Online School for medical billing and coding I am forwarding you the website link that will give you complete idea about the course work, career opportunities and colleges. The link is

  46. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any experience earning a certificate or degree online?
    I want to learn medical coding and billing and was looking for a school online. I don’t want to be scammed so I was just wondering if other people have had any good experience?

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of online programs. I personally attended traditional and online-only schools, and I have taught for various online schools and traditional schools over the last five years. All are accredited and solid programs. Schools tend to vary in price, so we could say online schools are more expensive, but that is relative. Of course they are more expensive than a community college, but less expensive than Harvard. The price range varies.

      The key is to find a program that is fully accredited. Is it worth it? YES. My career has boomed since my MBA at nearly 5 years ago. I am close to finishing my PhD through distance education, and I am at the job that I want. I know I wouldn t be here without the education. If you are looking at work in the U.S., then you need a school that is accredited and recognized by the Dept of Ed. I can give more info on that later.

      You should market yourself and not the degree or university. There are many traditional universities offering degrees that can be earned through online methods. Distance Learning Alliance has a list of these traditional online schools. Look at that if you are truly concerned with the name of the school. Good luck on your search!

  47. QUESTION:
    Medical billing and coding vs medical assisting jobs?
    I am planning to take an online course, which is better to take and why? I am looking for a long time career that I can start with right after I had my certificate.

    • ANSWER:
      I would search for open jobs in your area. It depends on what the job market is.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does the University of Phoenix offer Medical Coding?
    I completed the Medical Office program at a college an hour away from me. I want to work in Medical Coding & Billing. Since I cannot drive an hour away anymore & the only other two schools close to me do not offer this I want to attend 100% online. I am having a hard time finding a school. When I look at U of Phoenix the program is not listed so Idk if it’s really available but I have heard it is. I live in north central Ohio. I can only attend with a grant so it must be low tuition costs.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re looking at low tuition costs then look at your local community or vocational college. A couple of them in Ohio have online courses in medical coding that lead to certification and also help you prepare for national-level certifications without exorbitant fees. One example is Owens Community College in OH.

      In the end, you will invariably need to get a national certification from AAPC or AHIMA, for which community college training is more than sufficient. Besides, you’ll actually learn more from a place like this than at any high-priced private school. That’s been my personal experience.

  49. QUESTION:
    Any recommendations for a good online school?
    Im looking for a good online school for medical office assistant or medical code and billing but I am running into thousands of searches and I am over my head with one to choose. I live in PA and plan on doing the course online as I do not have time to step in a regular classroom. What schools will be best to check into? I checked Everest, Kaplan, Allied Health, MillerMotte..
    Invalid answer Rick

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t take any advice from those 2 who answered. They obviously have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to online school(Trollers). There are a bunch of good online schools but if you are on a search engine and coming up with a lot of options, the best advice is to narrow it down and specify what you want (I.E Medical Code and Billing, Associates in Pennsylvania) and there will be options for you to choose from. Granted, a lot of schools may promise a good education but do not pick the 1st one you see. Check their credibility, graduation and satisfactory rate. Personally, I would go through a traditional brick and mortar school but sometimes we do not have that option. Good luck to you!

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good online schools for medical billing and coding?
    I am wanting to learn medical billing and or coding online. I don’t have the time to go to the campus so online would be perfect. I have not found any yet any suggestions would be great thanks for helping.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello K,

      Listen, your question is frequently asked of me and my answer to it is very long because there is a lot to consider before you decide which online course you should enroll with. So since I don t have the time today to break everything down follow the link below and see what my mentor and respected home based medical billing business owner told me when I asked him the same question. Then don t forget to come back here and vote me the best answer (I m only joking). I wish you mush prosperity in the New Year.

      http://medicalbillingbook.tripod.com/medical-billing-courses-online/

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