Providing quality healthcare requires more than excellent patient care. Professionals in medical billing and coding do not treat patients, but they handle operations that are vital to the success of medical practices. If you are detail-oriented with a desire to learn, you can train for a career in medical billing and coding in as little as nine months.
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist diploma/certificate program at Virginia College is designed to prepare you for the field in a short amount of time. To enter this profession, you need the technical skills and know-how to accurately complete complex administrative duties. Our Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program includes hands-on training in classrooms that simulate real-world scenarios and actual work experience in an externship. Our goal is to prepare you for the field and give you a solid foundation for success, and our instructors and staff support you throughout the entire learning experience.
The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program at Virginia College helped Marcia find a career with one of the largest clinic systems in Austin, TX. She feels proud knowing that she is using her skills to make a difference and doing something she enjoys.
Medical billing and coding professionals, often called medical records and health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
My education really helped me in this position because it’s exactly what I learned how to do. I’ve moved up quite a bit and I’m in a really, really good position right now and I’m happy for it.
Before you complete your diploma or certificate program, you will complete an 11-week externship in a physician’s office, clinic or related healthcare setting. An externship is a real job where you can develop your skills and learn from others who are working in the field.
During your externship, you will assign codes to patient medical files, fill out insurance claims and perform other billing and coding related documentation under the supervision of a health service professional. This gives you the opportunity to explore, learn and grow through actual work experience. We have a number of externship partners including Any Lab Test Now, Take Care Health, HealthSouth and others.
With training from Virginia College, graduates of this diploma/certificate program can be prepared to pursue entry-level jobs with job titles such as:
Specific job responsibilities will depend on your work setting, specific job title and other factors, but many medical billers and coders have duties including:
Employment of medical billers and coders (and related job titles such as medical records technician) is expected to increase 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 The recent 100 Best Jobs report from U.S. News & World Report (based on salary, employment rate, growth, stress level and work-life balance) ranks this profession at number 68.
All my instructors were so personable. I enjoyed every single one of them. They were very encouraging. There were other schools I went to where you were just a number.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national annual wage range for individuals who work with medical records, such as medical billers and coders, is between $25,070 and $62,840 per year. 1 Job growth in this field is substantial and expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. 2 Training for a career in billing and coding could be a personally and professionally fulfilling decision.
After earning a diploma or certificate in this program, we encourage students who qualify to take one or more of the following billing and coding certifications:
Earning a medical coding or billing certification could potentially set you apart from other job candidates. Our goal is to help you prepare for certification, but it is ultimately your responsibility to stay informed about which certifications you are eligible to take. 2
The Virginia College Career Development team is available to help you develop job-finding skills. Our career placement services include reviewing your resume, supplying interview tips and helping you start your job search. We are dedicated to helping you pursue your medical billing and coding career.
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1 The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $38,040 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,840. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited October 18, 2017). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm (visited October 18, 2017). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.
The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.
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