Earn Your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
With no application fee, eight start dates a year and no prior health information experience required, you can start your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate when it’s convenient for you and finish in as few as 9 months. Your Certificate is the perfect introduction into the healthcare industry, setting you up to pursue a career with the option to also continue your education toward a Health Information Technician (HIT) Associate’s degree at Rasmussen University.
Most coding positions are not considered "entry level"; a combination of education and work experience is typically required to attain a coding position. Similarly, coders, especially those who are new to the field, should not expect to find a position where they can work from home. Most coding positions require onsite work.
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As a Medical Billing and Coding student, you can:
- Learn in a flexible, online program—Fully online courses help you access courses anytime and anywhere.
- Earn your Certificate quickly—With only 10 courses to complete and the option to study full- or part-time, you can learn at a pace that works best for you.
- Prepare for industry certification—After graduation, you can pursue the Certificate Coding Associate (CCA) Credential or, with industry experience, the AHIMA® Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Credential from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
- Practice in AHIMA® virtual labs—AHIMA® virtual labs test your skills, enhance decision-making abilities and experience with multiple state-of-the-art health information software applications, such as 3M and Clintegrity.
- Gain first-hand experience—Online interactive sessions, case studies and authentic coding scenarios give you hands-on practice working with health information industry technology.
- Pursue your Associate’s degree—Our ladder approach to education allows you to smoothly transfer your credits toward an HIT Associate’s degree and then a Health Information Management Bachelor's degree with us.
- Enhance transferable skills—In addition to coding, billing and revenue cycle functions, enhance your skills in critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.
- Get the support you need—From 24/7 tech support, career services, admissions advisors, experienced tutors and industry faculty to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community. You can also find in-person support at one of our 23 campuses and online.
Gain In-Demand Health Information Skills
- Understand and navigate the latest in coding and billing technology.
- Use International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) guidelines for coding software.
- Act with health information ethics, privacy and security procedures in mind.
- Develop strong medical terminology, anatomy and pathology knowledge to communicate in professional healthcare settings.
Prepare for Certification
Our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate will help prepare you to pursue the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certificate Coding Associate (CCA) Credential or with industry experience, the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). The CCA credential has been the national standard of achievement in health information management for nearly 20 years, according to AHIMA. Plus, the fee for the first attempt at the exam is included in the total program costs.
Climb the Educational Ladder to a Degree
Once you finish your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate, you can be on the way to earning your Health Information Technician Associate’s degree at Rasmussen University with an additional 13 courses in as few as 9 months. Not only is an Associate’s degree the natural next step in your skills development, but it can also expand your career opportunities.