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PROFESSIONAL CODER

CAREER

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22 Weeks

PROGRAM LENGTH

$3,500.00*

Pay in full

TUITION

*You can pay as little as $226 per month. For full payment options and different financing plans, including interest rates from external lenders, please talk to our enrollment team.

What Does A Professional Coder Do?

Achieve the Certified Professional Coder certification with the CPC credential or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) – both of which are the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings.

This 22-week program includes two courses: Intro to Human Anatomy & Medical Terminology and Medical Coding. Regardless of the choice of the exam, you’ll learn principles of medical coding related to the three main codebooks: CPT, ICD-10-CM Volumes 1 & 2, and HCPCS Level II. The Medical Coding textbook contains access to a coding software that allows for coding practice even AFTER the completion of the course. The software allows for hands-on demonstration of learned coding skills.

Our partnership with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) enables you to have the tools needed to successfully pass the CPC examination or the CCS-P examination. Those passing the CPC examination earn the credential, CPC-A. When the CPC-A (apprentice) is ultimately combined with one year of practical coding experience, you’ll earn the full CPC designation.

Achieving either certification will open up a variety of career options for you. To see a full list of opportunities, check out our blog post, Career Opportunities for a Certified Professional Coder.

Where Does A Professional Coder Work?

A Professional Coder can work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, physician’s offices, insurance companies, government agencies, consulting firms, and coding companies. They play a critical role in accurately assigning codes to medical diagnoses, procedures, and services for billing, reimbursement, and data analysis purposes.

Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Web browser with internet connection

Course registration & payment

Training Materials Provided

Expert-led video based training

Textbook: CPC Bundle (Text and Coding Resources)

Competency assessments

National Certification exam fee (option of CPC-A exam or CCS-P exam)

PROFESSIONAL CODER

Outcomes

Between 2020-2030, the job market for Professional Coders is projected to experience a modest growth rate of 1.3%, indicating a relatively stable demand for professionals in this field. The average salary for Professional Coders typically falls around $38,004, highlighting the potential earnings for individuals in this role.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of our Professional Coder program, you’ll learn a number of skills, including

  • Review patient records and assign numeric/alphanumeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system and familiarity with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems
  • Assign accurate medical codes for professional (physician) procedures, services and diagnoses
  • Adhere to medical coding guidelines, regulations, and compliance

COURSES - 22 WEEKS

Professionalism in Allied Health
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
Medical Coding

PROFESSIONAL CODER JOB POSSIBILITIES

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Professional Fee
Coder

$28,000 – $56,000
ESTIMATED SALARY

Professional Medical
Coder

$28,000 – $56,000
ESTIMATED SALARY

Surgical
Coder

$29,000 – $71,000
ESTIMATED SALARY

CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Professional Medical Coder Certification (CPC-A) exam and the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS-P) exam. 

ISSUING AUTHORITY

CPC-A

Certified Professional Medical Coder Certification

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC-A) certification is valued among physician offices across the country when hiring medical coders. Getting certified through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and after at least two years of practical coding experience, you will gain the full CPC designation, allowing you to earn nearly 20 percent more than non-certified coders

CCS-P

Certified Coding Specialist 

The CCS-P certification is a mastery-level coding credential that prepares you to become a physician-based Certified Coding Specialist. Accredited through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the CCS-P exam is nationally recognized and can lead to a career in coding.

PROFESSIONAL CODER PAYMENT OPTIONS

In addition to the following payment options, we offer special corporate volume pricing. Visit the Corporate page for details.

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option.

Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds.

Pay for your training with an education loan through  Meritize.

Complete the course registration process to reserve your seat using one of these options.

 

Many employers have education programs or will pay for continued education! Select “Corporate Invoice” if you need an invoice to process payment through company training tuition assistance/reimbursement plans. 

DO YOU NEED HELP PAYING FOR YOUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?​

Many employers offer education assistance programs. Download the brochures to show your employer the benefit of upskilling their employees.

PROGRAM COMPARISONS

PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$5,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Included
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

MEET YOUR WORKFORCE TRAINING SPECIALIST!

April is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options, and succeed! Get in touch with her to learn more about the program, Professional Workforce Development, and how to achieve your workforce development goals!

FAQ

Students will complete the online program over 18 weeks, making them job-ready in three months. The program is flexible, allowing assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.

No, these courses do not count for college credit

Yes, our program is fully online and asynchronous.

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