Holding an associate degree in the field — the only degree level offering a specific medical billing and coding program — can help increase your marketability when applying for jobs. Moreover, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field, such as healthcare informatics or healthcare management, can do the same. Upon earning program certificates, and potentially a degree, many students then choose to participate in an industry-accredited certification program.
What’s unique about online academic programs is that they’re all slightly different, giving you the opportunity to find a program aligned with your specific career goals.
For example, Albany State University offers a 27 credit-hour Certificate in Medical Coding that also prepares students to take the Certified Coding Associate national credentialing exam. The program’s curriculum covers health record content and structure, pathophysiology, pharmacology, coding, advanced coding, and reimbursement.
In contrast, Weber State University provides graduates with a Certificate of Proficiency in Healthcare Coding and prepares them to take national coding certification exams. Core courses of the program include medical terminology, integrated anatomy, and pharmacology. Additionally, students learn about the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding systems.