I want to change careers. I can earn my medical coding/billing certificate online, but is online good enough when it comes to the employer? Also, I am in WA state and have been doing a lot of research and it is very confusing to figure out which online program would be better because there are so many options. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!
Online Medical Billing & Coding Certificate
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Great question about finding trustworthy medical coding bill certificates online.
So, we went looking around the Internet for the best online certificate options for you nationwide in the medical coding career area.
First, a warning ... There are so many scams and expensive for profit online training programs in your career area that you have to be VERY-VERY-VERY careful trying to find a reputable online learning program.
The first place to look for the best online education for your new career is definitely the publicly funded community or state college system in your state.
Public school agencies will offer you much cheaper online training (bcs your tax dollars already support them!) AND they can offer you free or low cost career counseling AND you can probably qualify for some sort of government backed (state) student aid or workforce training funds to help pay for your new education. (You didn't mention funding or financial aid but this is another piece of the picture you'll want to explore)
Go to the non-profit online learning portal for your state, Washington Colleges Online.
Then click on the link: Online Courses and Degrees.
This is the non-profit directory of online associate degree programs and certificates and vocational training from accredited online course providers in your state.
Here, you will see several possible online education options.
Shoreline Community College - Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Certificate
Shoreline Community College - AAAS - Health Information Technology Degree (associates degree)
Peninsula College - AAST-AOS:Medical Specialization Degree (associates degree)
If you want to stay focused on non-credit certificates (rather than degrees) also visit Central Washington University - Continuing Education Online.
Central Washington has also partnered with Ed2Go (a training company that used to be called Gatlin Education) to offer web based professional certificates.
Penn Foster is another great option and is regionally accredited (the gold standard).
I cannot tell you which of the above program(s) will meet your career needs. You'll have to discuss this in more depth with the counselors at each office.
The downside to the Ed2 Go professional training certificates may be that you can't get a student loan for these as they are non-degree courses; you can only get a private loan which carries a higher interest rate bcs. these are non degree training courses; however you may be eligible for special workforce training funds if you meet income and other need specs in your state.
View additional medical billing and coding training options.
You'll have to explore this on your own with the counselors.
A college or school can offer you the courses or training and may award you a certificate when you complete these courses BUT an independent professional agency will have to determine if those courses meet their standards for you to qualify for professional review for certification in your state or nationwide.
Be sure you explore this issue and understand your needs with a counselor at a local community college BEFORE you enroll for courses. The CWU course sequences specify which national certification standards they have been designed to meet so pay attention to this issue.
Good luck out there!
Let us know if you choose a program!
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Thank very much for your comment on good medical coding billing certificates online. It has helped me to think about other ideas.
Tks again and pls keep posting.
I am unemployed (so is my husband), I want to take a course in Medical Billing & Coding, looking for affordable online course. I don't know where to begin...I know there are grants (I've already applied at FASFA). I was looking at "U.S. Career Institute" but have read 'scam' reports. Please help! Thanks in advance!
What state do you live in?
Do you have any experience in health care work or medical billing? Do you have any degree(s) or certifications now? Are you seeking a specific type of professional certification?
I merged your post with a previous answer on vetting online medical billing and coding courses in Washington State, so you can see and reference that answer and resources.
Tell me more about your location and career goals and I will try and assist you in finding local affordable training online.
We have a great overview article on how to find online medical billing and health informatics programs and how to avoid scams.
All the Best
There are various AAPC certified online courses like CPC and CPC-H courses. If you are a fresher, you can learn MEDICAL CODING FOR BEGINNER and ADVANCED CERTIFICATION IN MEDICAL CODING (ACMC) courses online. There are courses like ICD-9 CM, CPT 4 ,etc. These certifications have great scope for career in medical field.
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