Medical Billing and Coding (Diploma) - Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
More than a Job — a Career
As the use of electronic healthcare records grows across all healthcare practices, more trained medical billing and coding professionals will be needed. In fact, employment in the field of medical billing and coding is expected to increase by 21 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.* You can be part of this growing field in just 16 months!
Our medical billing and coding training program focuses on the fundamentals of medical office protocol and working with the main coding manuals in the field: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). In addition to learning the steps of diagnostic coding, you will also learn about the components of the various body systems and corresponding medical terminology, different types of insurance, the importance of confidentiality, and utilizing the same computer technology software used by medical records professionals.
If you are detail-oriented and want a rewarding career in the fast-paced world of medicine, the Medical Billing and Coding diploma program from Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City could be right for you!
Learning through Experience
At Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City, we know experience is often the best teacher. That's why you will serve an 11-week externship as part of your medical billing and coding training. You'll be supervised by a physician, nurse or other health services professional and learn the billing and coding process while working in an actual medical office. This valuable externship experience will give you the opportunity to put your skills to the test and learn about the day-to-day functions of your future profession.
Certifications for a Competitive Edge
Upon successful completion of the Medical Billing and Coding diploma program at Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City, qualified graduates may be eligible to sit for one or both of these certification exams: Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC). Certification is not required for employment in this career field, but can help give you a competitive edge with prospective employers.
Ready to learn more about a career as a medical billing and coding professional? Complete the Request More Information form or call (318) 741-8020 and take the first step toward your rewarding new career.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.