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Medical Billing and Coding

Gain skills to work as a medical secretary in dental or medical offices and health clinics in as few as 9 months in the Carrington College Medical Billing and Coding certificate program. For cost estimates, refer to our academic catalog.
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Carrington Medical Billing & Coding Online Program Details

Program Details

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see page 236 of the Academic Catalog.

This program is offered in an online format. Students participate in a live class, as if it were an in-person class. Online delivery also includes coursework that is not time specific, with on-demand videos, reading assignments and virtual activities that are self-paced with scheduled deliverables.

All courses in this program are offered in an online format, except the in-person externship that is completed at an approved healthcare setting.

Graduates of the Medical Billing and Coding certificate program are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam**.

**Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certificate and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415 506 0234 an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org/.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

Graduates of the Medical Billing and Coding certificate program are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam**.

**Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certificate and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

For students wanting to further their education after their Medical Billing and Coding Certificate, Carrington’s Health Studies Associate of Science Degree program provides an opportunity for individuals to build on prior education to earn the educational credential that is often needed for advancement in the health and wellness fields.

The Health Studies AS Degree program is an online degree-completion option that offers students a broad base of general education course offerings that can be completed in as few as 10 months.

REAL WORLD SKILLS

With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.

START YOUR PATH

You can get a Certificate of Achievement in as few as 9 months.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPTIONS

This program is offered online.

AFFORDABLE TUITION

Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Career Opportunities

A Medical Coder translates patient records into various languages, while a Medical Biller submits those codes to various agencies for payment. The Medical Biller needs to understand how to read medical records and, like the medical coder, be familiar with the various code languages. Medical billers must also keep track of claims to make sure they are appropriately processed by health care payers to make sure the medical practice receives reimbursement. This involves precise record keeping.1

Medical billers’ duties may vary depending on where they work. They can include both front- and back-office jobs such as gathering patient information, verifying health plan coverage, checking prior authorizations, collecting copays from patients, and ensuring medical codes are accurate before sending them to payers.1

What Will I Learn?

MEDICAL BILLING SOFTWARE

HUMAN ANATOMY

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

MEDICAL RECORDS MANAGEMENT

Check out our guide on becoming a Medical Biller and Coder.

If you want to work in health care fast, but are not too excited about patient care, there are plenty of opportunities for you to succeed. One option for those who are interested in the business side of medicine is Medical Billing and Coding.

Learn more about this career, how to work in this field, and more.

Medical Billing and Coding FAQ

  • How long is the program for Medical Billing and Coding?

    While the exact length of time to complete a Medical Billing a Coding program will depend on your schedule and the school you attend, students can complete Carrington’s program with a certificate in as few as 9 months. Program availability varies by location and state of residence.

  • How do I learn Medical Billing and Coding?

    Medical Billing and Coding requires specialized knowledge of the language health insurance carriers and medical professionals use to communicate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants need to be familiar with medical terminology and codes, medical records, and hospital or laboratory procedures.2

  • What classes are required for Medical Billing and Coding?

    At Carrington, students in the Medical Billing and Coding program are required to take progressive levels of Medical Billing and Coding Theory and Applications. Students also complete an externship.

  • What jobs can I get with a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate?

    While job titles may vary, some samples of jobs one may be able to get after earning a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate include:

    • Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
    • Medical Records Specialists
    • Bill and Account Collectors
    • Office Clerks, General

  • Is the Medical Billing & Coding program accredited?

    While the program itself is not accredited, Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

    For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation-and-approvals/.

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