Training for medical coding can be found at a wide array of private and public colleges, career training institutes and online campuses. Some online options for medical coding training include Ultimate Medical Academy, Kaplan University and University of Phoenix.
Ultimate Medical Academy offers a medical billing and coding diploma program that students can complete in 42 to 52 weeks and an associate of science medical and coding degree that takes 74 weeks for completion. These courses can be completed online or at the school's Tampa campus, giving students flexible options. Kaplan University offers medical billing and coding certificate program that prepare students for certification tests through National Healthcareer Association and the American Health Information Management Association. The University of Phoenix features several medical billing and coding programs that provide students with an associate or bachelor's degree.
Medical billing and coding professionals work in the billing offices of clinics, doctors' offices, hospitals and other health care facilities. These professionals help doctors receive reimbursement for services rendered by completing, reviewing and processing medical claims. Coders use CPT codes pertinent to the procedure provided by the physician and ICD codes that identify the diagnosis. High demand for the skills of these professionals is expected to continue, and the average salary sits at $34,000 per year.