Medical Billing and Coding Certification

Once you have completed your medical billing and coding training you will be in high demand. Many smaller physician practices and some health care agencies higher new graduates, but many of the higher paying medical billing and coding jobs will require at least 6 months to 1 year of work experience and certification from a professional billing and/or coding association.

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is one of the major providers of certifications for medical billing and coding specialists. Medical coders with credentials from the AAPC are working in hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers. There are three certifications (CPC, CPC-H, and CPC-P) offered by the AAPC (www.aapc.com/) and are considered the gold standard certification for medical coding.

Another highly respected credentialing association is the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) . They offer certifications based on education, experience and performance on nationally administered certification exams. AHIMA offers credentials including the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Based (CCS-P). Ahima also offers health information management certification which has become very popular in the hospital setting. (www.ahima.org/certification/)

The American Medical Billing Association (AMBA) offers the Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist credentials. (www.ambanet.net/AMBA.htm)

Before choosing a certification, please contact the hospitals or office that you are looking to work and ask which credentials they require.

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Featured Online Medical Billing and Coding Training and Degree Programs 

Kaplan University - Online

The Medical Billing and Medical Coding Certificate programs at Kaplan are designed for individuals with a GED or high school diploma that want to begin a career in allied health in in a data management setting. Programs are online and can be completed in 12 months or less.

Programs Offered: Medical Coding Certificate

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Allen School Online

The Allen School online Medical Billing and Coding training program can be completed in only 9 months. Contact the Allen School to learn more.

Programs Offered: Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (Online)

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Grantham University

Programs Offered: Certificate, Associate's of Applied Science | Medical Coding and Billing

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Herzing University

The Medical Billing and Insurance Coding programs at Herzing have been developed for those seeking entry level employment in the medical billing and insurance area of health care. The diploma program can be completed in as little as 12 to 18 months while the associate's degree can be finished in 16 to 24 months. Each program is offered online. Request information from Herzing University to learn more.

Programs Offered: Medical Billing and Insurance Coding (Diploma or Associate's Degree)

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University of Cincinnati - Online

The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA).

Programs Offered: Bachelor's | Health Information Management

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