Medical Billing and Coding Online

Certificate or Associate Degree Program1,2

View the Program Guide (PDF)

Employment Projection

15% growth nationally from 2016–20263

Employment Options

Medical Offices,
Independent Billing Companies,
Dental Offices

Program Length

About 9 months (Certificate)4
Less than 2 years (Associate Degree)4

1. Program availability varies by location

2. While some employers may not require this level of education, it can help better prepare you for the responsibilities of this role.

3. (visited July 12, 2018).
Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2016-2026 and may not reflect local economic conditions.

4. Not including breaks. Program length by weeks and admission requirements can be found here in the academic catalog.

Classes start as soon as December 10, 2018

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How easy is it to get a job as a Medical Biller and Coder?

Like anything else, getting hired will depend a lot on you and nobody can say for sure how easy or difficult it will be. In fact, employment in this field is projected to grow 15% nationally between 2016 and 20265.

5. (visited July 12, 2018).
Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2016-2026 and may not reflect local economic conditions.

Where can you work as a Medical Biller and Coder?6, 7


Working in a dynamic and fast paced environment, hospitals code and bill a large number of insurance submissions. As a result, medical billers and coders work with a wide range of patient services and medical conditions.

Insurance Companies

These medical billers and coders receive and verify medical submissions from health care providers before processing those submissions for payment. There can be many divisions working in a traditional office environment.

Doctor's Offices

Many individual physicians or independent medical practices specialize in a single area of medicine. They usually have small teams that code and bill procedures for payment from insurance companies, and often work on tasks to help the office run smoothly.

Medical Clinics

Many medical clinics treat a wide variety of patients and medical conditions. They may see many patients each day. As a result, you could become familiar with billing and coding for multiple areas of medicine.

Dental Offices

Many dental practices offer a small office staff and the ability to specialize in one area of medical billing and coding. These offices are a great choice if you want to work in a smaller team environment where you can focus your skills on a single medical specialty.

3rd Party Billing Services

Contracted by a variety of medical facilities, third party billing companies use medical billers and coders to process all of their incoming accounts. Environments can vary from small office teams to large corporate divisions.

6. Carrington College does not guarantee employment, nor employment within specific locations, facilities or salary ranges.

7. Individuals seeking to enter this career field may be subject to screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug/alcohol testing prior to externship, to attain occupational licensure/certification or employment, and throughout their careers.

What is online education like?

You Need Focus

From phones buzzing and beeping to people all around you, there are plenty of distractions. You’ll need a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate.

You Need To Write

Online learning means you'll be submitting your assignments with written responses. So it's pretty important that you’re comfortable writing.

You Need Self-Discipline

You have more freedom to study around your schedule. You'll need to stay motivated, learn the material, and meet all your deadlines.

Technical requirements for online learning8


Windows Mac
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 Macintosh OS X or higher (in classic mode)
56K (or higher) modem 56K (or higher) modem
Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
Soundcard and Speakers Soundcard and Speakers
  • Tech specifications: Intel P3 or equivalent AMD processor, 50MB RAM, 20MB free hard drive space.
  • Operating system: Windows XP or newer, or Mac OSX 10.7 or newer.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari.
  • Internet Access: 56kb/s modem or faster.
  • Software: Latest versions of Flash and Adobe Reader.


Windows Mac
Internet Explorer Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3
Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox
  • Tech specifications: Intel P4 or equivalent AMD processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB free hard drive space.
  • Operating system: Windows 8 or newer or Mac OSX 10.9 or newer.
  • Browser: Mozilla Firefox.
  • Internet Access: high-speed internet (cable or DSL).
  • Software: Latest versions of Flash and Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)

8. For a complete list of technical requirements, please visit

Fixed Tuition Promise

On our feathers' honor, and our personal commitment to you, we promise that your tuition will stay the same through the length of your program.9

9. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.

Classes start as soon as December 10, 2018

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