Individuals can take online courses that teach medical coding from home and often prepare them coding certifications. The American Academy of Professional Coders, Penn Foster College and The Andrews School are three organizations that offer such courses.
Individuals interested in learning medical coding at home while preparing for one of the American Academy of Professional Coders certification exams can enroll in an online course featuring online workbooks, audio lectures and personalized coaching. One of the options available teaches the basic coding skills needed to work in a physician's office and takes around four months to complete from home. After finishing, individuals can take the certification exam.
Completing the online medical billing and coding program from Penn Foster College is another option to learn from home, and it also prepares individuals for the American Academy of Professional Coders certification exam. This program features simulations, self-paced course modules based on level of difficulty, coding manuals, videos and labs.
Those who prefer to work with instructors online can enroll in one of The Andrews School's medical coding courses. There are options to customize studies depending on skill level and career goals, and certification is the aim for beginner courses. The program at The Andrews School can take up to 18 months due to it being comprehensive and preparing students for coding skills beyond a basic level, notes AndrewsSchool.com.