Medical Office Billing and Coding Diploma Program
All programs have been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components. Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.
Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today. This program was online and continues to be online ONLY.
What is Medical Office Billing & Coding?
Medical Office Billing & Coding is the process of transcribing diagnoses, treatment and procedures into standardized payer codes for government and commercial reimbursement. It is a highly detailed and important job function within the healthcare system and offers the potential for a long-lasting career. In this role, you act as an important cog in the overall medical reimbursement cycle and are a key liaison between the healthcare organization you represent and outside insurance companies, who represent your patients.
The primary role of Medical Billers & Coders is to accurately and efficiently ensure payment for the services your healthcare organization performs.
What Career Options are Available in Medical Office Billing & Coding?
Medical Office Billers and Coders are found in almost every medical and healthcare organization. These roles are fundamental to the medical reimbursement cycle and are necessary to review and submit medical claims to ensure payment of services.
Medical Office Billers and Coders or Medical Records and Health Information Technicians are found in such organizations as:
- Physician Offices
- Medical Labs
- Medical Billing Service Organizations
- Insurance Companies
And many more
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in Ohio are expected to increase more than 14% between 2016 and 2026.1
How do I Start a Medical Office Billing & Coding Program?
If you’ve considered a career in Medical Office Billing & Coding, a great place to start is with a degree program. While these roles are in high demand, a degree program is an important way for you to stand out against the competition and display your understanding of the skills necessary to succeed in the role. At Stautzenberger College, our program prepares students by offering training in current computer billing applications. You also acquire real-world experience at a medical facility during your studies.
Our Medical Office Billing and Coding program is online, so you could complete all coursework in the comfort of your own home or you may stop by and use our campus computer labs if you need some assistance. The Medical Office Billing & Coding diploma program provides students with a basic educational foundation for becoming a medical billing specialist, medical coder, health information technician or medical records technician in today’s healthcare industry. Upon successful completion, graduates are prepared for entry-level employment and may take the national voluntary Certified Professional Coding exam, administrated by the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Why Choose Our College?
For over 90 years, Stautzenberger College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have classes that are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
All of us here at Stautzenberger College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.
Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
Program length – 10 months
100% of the program is online
After you complete the Medical Office Billing and Coding Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program. That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.
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Classes in the program include instruction in computer billing applications, administrative procedures and medical law, along with classes in CPT, ICD and HCPS coding and insurance claim processing. Upon graduation, students could be prepared to take the national voluntary Certified Professional Coding exam, administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.
As the healthcare industry expands, the need for those who can process the insurance claims and manage healthcare paperwork is growing. Although related, medical billing and medical coding are two separate functions. Also known as medical records and health information technicians, medical billing and coding specialists organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
People who have strong technology skills and are detail-oriented may enjoy a career as a Medical Biller & Coder.
Demand for both medical secretaries and health information technicians is expected to increase by 14% though 2024, creating many job opportunities for trained professionals.1