How to Become a Medical Coding Specialist
Earn Your HS Diploma or Equivalent
Get Formal Training through an Accredited InstitutionWhile formal training is not always required, it can be helpful in seeking employment in this field. Medical Coding programs are available at the certificate and associate degree levels, with online and on-campus options available. Courses typically cover topics like medical terminology, body systems and anatomy, electronic health records as well as learning how to use the CPT and ICD-10 Coding Manuals.
Obtain CertificationAlthough not always required, many employers prefer applicants with certification. It shows them you have the knowledge to perform well in a role as a Medical Coding Specialist and have mastered nationally recognized coding standards. If you choose to wait to get certification until after you have entered the field it can be the next step to securing a better paying position in the field. (Graduates of USCI’s Coding Program are eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coding Apprentice Exam (CPC-A) with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Start WorkingMany employers will offer on-the job training, however the employee must prove mastery of nationally recognized coding standards. With experience (typically at least one year), many medical coders also work from home. Individuals looking to work from home right away might be interested in learning Medical Billing or Medical Coding and Billing.
What You’ll Learn During Your Online Medical Coding Training
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- How the human body works…Master anatomy and physiology
- How to speak the language…Explore medical terminology and pronunciations
- How coding impacts healthcare…Learn how medical procedures and diagnoses are coded
- How to work like a professional. Discover how coders use coding software and the internet to
boost their productivity and earnings
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Medical Coding Program That Fits Your Life
In as little as four months you can be ready to start making $39,000 a year* as a Medical Coding Specialist. And our self-paced online medical coding training means you can study to become a medical coder anytime, anywhere. With this online medical coding certificate course, there are no in-person medical coding classes to attend and no schedules to keep. Our Medical Coding program will teach you everything you need to know to start working as a Medical Coding Specialist…no previous medical experience needed.