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Best Medical Billing & Coding Classes Online

Browse the best online medical billing and coding schools, learn program and course details, and see how you can move from interested student to well-paid professional.

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Pat Byrnes began her career as a nurse in the hospital and medical practice sector before going on to create her own company based on the principle of incorporating the clinical knowledge she possessed with the business acumen she achieved in her work experience. Over the years, Pat has expanded her company to fill the need for competent, skilled, proficient, and capable medical billers, consultants, accountants, and credentialing specialists. With degrees in business management and nursing, she holds an active nursing license as well as her certified medical biller and coder credential.

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Medical billers and coders work together to process health insurance claims in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and other medical and health facilities. Specifically, medical coders translate medical procedures to certain pre-set code, and medical billers use that code to generate insurance claims and patient bills. Many medical billers also perform medical coding and vice versa.

In May 2023, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that medical records specialists, which includes medical billers and coders, earned a median annual salary of $48,780, with the top 10% in the field making at least $77,810. The BLS also projects that demand for medical billing and coding professionals will continue to grow faster than other occupations through 2032.

Because medical billing and coding occurs mostly at a desk in front of a computer, online medical billing and coding schools are on the rise. Many online courses can be completed in as few as four weeks, although more robust programs also exist. These classes show students how to “identify diagnoses, medical tests, treatments, and procedures found in clinical documentation” and how to “bill government and commercial payers for physician reimbursement,” according to the AAPC.

See who made our list of the best online medical billing and coding schools for 2024.

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About the ranking

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanks, AK Public $ 3

The University of Alaska in Fairbanks offers an online medical coding endorsement program made up of five courses. These courses are asynchronous and can be taken completely online, either part-time or full-time depending on student scheduling, with flexible professor video calls as needed. Upon completion, students will be prepared to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding exam and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) exam.

Program Highlights:

Medical Coding Endorsement

  • Credits: 15
  • Length: 1 semester
  • Cost: $4,575/program
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
80%
2 Herzing University-AtlantaAtlanta, GA Private not-for-profit $$ 4

Herzing University-Atlanta offers a Medical Billing and Coding Associate degree completely online. This program gives ICD-10, CPT, and advanced coding training, as well as exam prep for the Certified Coding Specialist exam. Upon completion, students will be eligible for several billing and coding certifications including NHA, AHIMA, and AAPC. This program has rolling admission, which means you don't need to worry about admission deadlines, and offers a military/veteran discount that reduces tuition by 10%.

Program Highlights:

Medical Coding Associate Degree

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: 20 months
  • Cost: $464/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: HLC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
90%
3 Rasmussen University-WisconsinGreen Bay, WI Private for-profit $$ 3

Rasmussen University offers a medical billing and coding certificate online that can be completed in under a year. This program consists of 10 courses and has 8 starts each year, which means you can start the program whenever you're ready. RU uses AHIMA virtual labs which gives students access to simulations and medical records to use as supplements. When students complete the program, they will be able to pursue the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential or, with industry experience, the AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential.

Program Highlights:

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

  • Credits: 36
  • Length: 9 months
  • Cost: $279/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: HLC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
96%
4 Herzing University-BirminghamBirmingham, AL Private not-for-profit $$ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
49%
5 Jackson CollegeJackson, MI Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
89%
6 Hussian College-Daymar College ClarksvilleClarksville, TN Private for-profit $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
99%
7 Great Basin CollegeElko, NV Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
98%
8 Grantham UniversityLenexa, KS Private for-profit $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
25/1
Online
Student %
100%
9 Herzing University-MadisonMadison, WI Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
99%
10 Davenport UniversityGrand Rapids, MI Private not-for-profit $$$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
81%
11 National American University-Rapid CityRapid City, SD Private for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
6/1
Online
Student %
100%
12 Herzing University-KenoshaKenosha, WI Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
79%
13 Bryant & Stratton College-OnlineOrchard Park, NY Private for-profit $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
41/1
Online
Student %
100%
14 Herzing University-BrookfieldBrookfield, WI Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
76%
15 Herzing University-MinneapolisSt. Louis Park, MN Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
71%
16 University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage, AK Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
87%
17 Herzing University-AkronAkron, OH Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
77%
18 Montana State University BillingsBillings, MT Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
63%
19 Dakota State UniversityMadison, SD Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
75%
20 Sullivan UniversityLouisville, KY Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
9/1
Online
Student %
75%
21 Charter CollegeVancouver, WA Private for-profit $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
25/1
Online
Student %
100%
22 Idaho State UniversityPocatello, ID Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
59%
23 Sinclair Community CollegeDayton, OH Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
62%
24 Orion Technical CollegeDavenport, IA Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
97%
25 Bryan UniversitySpringfield, MO Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
100%
26 American National University-PikevillePikeville, KY Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
100%
27 Herzing University-OrlandoWinter Park, FL Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
43%
28 Madison Area Technical CollegeMadison, WI Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
10/1
Online
Student %
67%
29 Herzing University-New OrleansMetairie, LA Private not-for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
82%
30 Purdue University GlobalWest Lafayette, IN Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
27/1
Online
Student %
100%
31 Weber State UniversityOgden, UT Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
48%
32 Berkeley College-Woodland ParkWoodland Park, NJ Private for-profit $$$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
81%
33 Bryan UniversityTempe, AZ Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
32/1
Online
Student %
100%
34 American National UniversitySalem, VA Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
40/1
Online
Student %
100%
35 Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleFort Lauderdale, FL Private not-for-profit $$$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
50%
36 Pittsburgh Technical CollegeOakdale, PA Private not-for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
33%
37 Collin County Community College DistrictMcKinney, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
23/1
Online
Student %
40%
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About the ranking

X

Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Northwood Technical CollegeShell Lake, WI Public $ 3

Northwood Technical College offers a medical coding specialist program entirely online and available to both part-time and full-time students. This program is embedded within the Health Information Technology program, though you can complete the medical coding specialist program as a stand-alone. Alternatively, students may return to complete their associate degrees in health information technology after they become medical coding specialists. NTC offers military and veteran benefits and rehabilitation benefits in addition to scholarships, grants, and loans.

Program Highlights:

Medical Coding Specialist Diploma

  • Credits: 29
  • Length: 1 year
  • Cost: $4,592 total for program
  • Mode: Fully online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
7/1
Online
Student %
73%
2 Everett Community CollegeEverett, WA Public $ 3

Everett Community College offers a medical billing and coding program that combines the education needed to earn both a medical billing and medical coding certificate. Completing the program and earning both certificates leads to an Associate in Technical Arts. Alone, each certificate is 65 credits. Upon completion, students can take the AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, the national standard of achievement in medical coding. Some state-supported courses may be subject to out-of-state tuition.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Technical Arts

  • Credits: 90
  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost: $122.76 per credit
  • Mode: On campus
  • Accreditation: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
87%
3 Northwest Technical CollegeBemidji, MN Public $ 4

Northwest Technical College offers an Associate of Science in Medical Coding completely online. This degree provides comprehensive training in the nationally-recognized coding system used by U.S. healthcare systems and medical billing and insurance. NTC highly recommends students also obtain a healthcare administrative leadership degree once they complete their coding coursework. Up to 60 credits for this degree can be transferred toward a Bachelor of Business Administration at Maryland State University.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Science in Medical Coding

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost: $196.55 per credit
  • Mode: Fully online
  • Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
74%
4 Western Iowa Tech Community CollegeSioux City, IA Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
78%
5 Mt Hood Community CollegeGresham, OR Public $ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
40%
6 San Juan CollegeFarmington, NM Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
59%
7 Black River Technical CollegePocahontas, AK Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
70%
8 Cowley County Community CollegeArkansas City, KS Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
67%
9 Central Maine Community CollegeAuburn, ME Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
56%
10 Southeast Technical CollegeSioux Falls, SD Public $ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
43%
11 Fletcher Technical Community CollegeSchriever, LA Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
78%
12 ATA College-CincinnatiCincinnati, OH Private for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
10/1
Online
Student %
100%
13 Central Texas CollegeKilleen, TX Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
71%
14 ATA Career EducationSpring Hill, FL Private for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
101%
15 ATA CollegeLouisville, KY Private for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
100%
16 Barton County Community CollegeGreat Bend, KS Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
69%
17 Lakeshore Technical CollegeCleveland, WI Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
66%
18 Panola CollegeCarthage, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
72%
19 Hawaii Medical CollegeHonolulu, HI Private for-profit $$$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
22/1
Online
Student %
100%
20 Alexandria Technical & Community CollegeAlexandria, MN Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
49%
21 West Georgia Technical CollegeWaco, GA Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
62%
22 Columbus State Community CollegeColumbus, OH Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
87%
23 Umpqua Community CollegeRoseburg, OR Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
72%
24 Central Georgia Technical CollegeWarner Robins, GA Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
45%
25 Highland Community CollegeHighland, KS Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
52%
26 James A. Rhodes State CollegeLima, OH Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
35%
27 Hutchinson Community CollegeHutchinson, KS Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
46%
28 Kirtland Community CollegeGrayling, MI Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
64%
29 West Virginia Junior College-MorgantownMorgantown, WV Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
81%
30 Georgia Piedmont Technical CollegeClarkston, GA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
71%
31 Metropolitan Community College AreaOmaha, NE Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
45%
32 Mid-State Technical CollegeWisconsin Rapids, WI Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
63%
33 Lamar Institute of TechnologyBeaumont, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
55%
34 Gogebic Community CollegeIronwood, MI Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
61%
35 Louisiana State University-EuniceEunice, LA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
23/1
Online
Student %
67%
36 Stark State CollegeNorth Canton, OH Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
57%
37 Washington State Community CollegeMarietta, OH Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
58%
38 North Dakota State College of ScienceWahpeton, ND Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
29%
39 Indian Hills Community CollegeOttumwa, IA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
36%
40 Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegeJohnstown, PA Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
37%
41 Oconee Fall Line Technical CollegeSandersville, GA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
56%
42 Olney Central CollegeOlney, IL Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
28%
43 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeBowling Green, KY Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
58%
44 Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRome, GA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
68%
45 Huntington Junior CollegeHuntington, WV Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
86%
46 Stautzenberger College-BrecksvilleBrecksville, OH Private for-profit $$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
97%
47 Northcentral Technical CollegeWausau, WI Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
53%
48 Ridgewater CollegeWillmar, MN Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
71%
49 Lane Community CollegeEugene, OR Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
64%
50 St Cloud Technical and Community CollegeSaint Cloud, MN Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
65%

Explore Top Online Medical Billing & Coding Schools in Your State

Online programs are great at removing at geographical barriers for students, but sometimes it can be beneficial to enroll in a program where you live and plan to work. Whether it’s due to certification requirements or other needs, use the following guides to find top online medical billing & coding programs near you:

Profiling an Online Medical Billing & Coding School

School profiles can be a valuable tool to help you narrow down the long list of programs that might fit your needs. We’ve decided to spotlight a popular program and dig into how it works, how much it costs, and what you can expect if you apply and enroll. Get the inside scoop on this online medical billing and coding school.

Southeast Technical Institute

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Those who want to explore the possibilities of an associate degree can opt for the Medical Coding: Professional and Facility Applied Associate Degree. In this hybrid program, students take most courses online but are required to visit the campus once per week. The Bring-Your-Own-Laptop curriculum prepares students to review medical documentation, apply coding guidelines, assign proper codes based on different coding systems and understand reimbursement and reporting, among other duties.

Students will complete a total of 67 credits for graduation, which include general education courses. Those courses lay a strong educational foundation that allows you to move into a bachelor’s degree program at some point, if that’s what you choose to do to further your career. Sample courses found within the major include:

  • Introduction to Health Information Systems
  • Basic ICD Coding
  • Basic CPT Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • CPC Review
  • Compliance/Regulations
  • Professional Ethics in Healthcare
  • Virtual Practicum

Students can expect to pay tuition, fees, and the cost of books and supplies; during the most recent school year, this came to a total of $18,517. Students can apply for financial aid to cover some of the cost; they can also opt to go with a diploma or certificate program, which can save time and money, but doesn’t provide the educational stepping-stone they would receive through the associate program.

Upon completion, students are prepared to sit for the following exams:

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Those seeking the CCS should keep in mind that two years of work experience is recommended, in addition to completing a higher education program, in order to sit for the exam.

Q&A with Laurus College

As you research online medical billing and coding programs, it can be incredibly helpful (and important) to hear directly from the schools who have them. After all, who better to explain the ins and outs of their programs than the schools themselves? We reached out to Laurus College to see what makes its medical billing and coding program stand out from the rest.

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Q&A with Dr. Wayne Neale, President & CEO

Medical Billing and Coding Occupational Associate Degree

Can you describe how online learning works at your college?

Laurus College offers a fully integrated virtual learning environment for both distance education and hybrid students, giving students the opportunity for live, real-time interaction, as well as the ability to review archived sessions. Whether a student chooses to attend their class from a campus or via distance education, all students receive the same live instruction and interactive learning experience. The class lecture delivery uses synchronous instruction, allowing the teacher to see and interact in real-time with students across all four campuses and online at the same time via computer webcams. Students are able to not only see and communicate with their instructors, but can also see and interact with each other.

What makes your online medical billing and coding program stand out from other programs?

Our hybrid learning model gives you greater freedom and flexibility to learn on your own schedule. Students develop the ability to process health insurance claims by learning the many aspects of medical insurance, including plan options, carrier requirements, various regulations, extraction of relevant information from source documents, accurate claim form completion, and diagnosis and procedure coding. Laurus College curricula are kept current with industry trends and health insurance regulations. The Laurus College Advantage includes:
  • Practical, career-focused training that prepares you for an in-demand career.
  • Supportive learning environment where instructors care about your success.
  • Flexible scheduling options that include both day and evening classes.
  • Laptop included – Students attending classes in an occupational associate or bachelor’s degree program are given the opportunity to receive a laptop computer loaded with all of the software needed to complete their program.
  • Job search assistance through our Career Services Department, including resume & portfolio creation, interview preparation, and live workshops.

How does your online program prepare students for successful careers in the field?

Students prepare for today’s medical environment by advancing in the areas of ICD, CPT, medical terminology and understanding of insurance forms and claims. They will also have knowledge of how a medical office runs, including HIPPA guidelines, scheduling, billing cycles, and insurance payments (EOB/RA). We strive to make our classroom a fun and stress-free environment. All of the instructors in the department have years of experience and are happy to share this knowledge with the students.

What support services do you offer students enrolled in your online medical billing and coding program?

Laurus College offers an array of student services all available to the student as part of their tuition. The student services include:
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Library and Learning Resources
  • Academic Counseling and Tutorial Services.
  • Student Study Groups
  • Textbook(s) for each course
  • Tutoring help through Peer Mentors
  • Success Ambassadors will help on-campus students with non-academic tasks

Any other information you’d like prospective students to know about your program?

Laurus College provides a quality education and quality experience for people who wish to attain their bachelor’s and occupational associate degrees. Our commitment to student success goes above and beyond the typical e-learning experience by using our unique “Laurus Learning” program model. Our program has been refined to accommodate a vast array of learning styles and techniques that will be right for you. At Laurus College, you can complete your degree online through a virtual classroom, or are welcome to attend your classes at any of our campus locations.

Why Medical Billing & Coding Classes Online?

Many people have plenty of obligations, such as a full-time job, a family or community responsibilities that make it tough to take time off to sit in a classroom for several hours each day. Online learning is great for those who need more flexibility while working toward their certificate, diploma, or degree. Plus, there are a ton of helpful online and school resources that medical billing and coding students can take advantage of during their online studies if they need extra support.

Medical billing and coding programs lend themselves well to the online learning world, as most of the courses can be completed entirely through the internet, with no need to set foot in a classroom. Let’s break down the pros:

Online learning is inherently flexible in that students can fit in their classwork between their day-to-day obligations. Medical billing and coding programs are especially flexible because they do not require a hands-on component. Since there is little to no patient contact in the course of the medical billing or coding job, students are not subject to the same requirements that some allied health professionals must meet (such as medical assistants and home health aides). This means students can complete their online coursework and be ready to move right into the workforce.

Since online programs don’t require the overhead of a classroom, they are naturally more affordable. In the case of medical billing and coding programs, the short length is also a factor in affordability – the less time a person spends in a program, the less they will pay to complete it. Affordability does vary depending upon the program itself, as well as the credential earned at the end of it – for instance, a one-year program resulting in a certificate will be much more affordable than a two-year program resulting in an associate degree – but in general, the medical billing and coding programs tend to be some of the more affordable short-term educational opportunities.

Online students have the advantage of choosing accelerated programs to make the process of getting a credential even faster. For instance, medical billing and coding students might opt for an accelerated program that delivers information over a nine-month period rather than one year. That three months of time saved can allow students a bit of free time to study for the certification exam (if they choose to take it), or simply allows them to get into the workforce and earn a paycheck sooner. Though all online programs require discipline to stay focused and on top of the class schedule, accelerated programs require even more dedication, but can be well worth the money and time saved.

Types of Online Medical Billing & Coding Programs

Aspiring students have several options for their educational pursuit – you can move into a billing and coding position with a certificate, diploma or associate degree. But what are the differences? Is there something that makes one path better than the other? To put it simply, the path you choose depends upon where you want your career path to lead. Here’s what you need to know about each option:

Certificate

By definition, a certificate refers to an academic course of study in a specific subject – so it’s targeted, teaching you only what you need to know for medical billing and coding. And though many post-secondary institutions might use “certificate” or “diploma” interchangeably, in most cases the certificate will turn out to be the shorter of the two, lasting just a few months. The good news is that it gets you into the workforce faster; the bad news is that it may not lead to college credit, which can be disappointing if you choose to further your career later.

Bottom line: Certificate programs are best for individuals looking to start working as a medical biller and coder as fast as possible.

Diploma

Diploma programs typically take a bit longer than a certificate but less time than an associate degree. They are found online and on traditional campuses. Some diploma programs have full-length courses that can translate into college credit if you ever want to continue your education; however, most of them are much like certificates in that the goal is to get into the workforce in the least amount of time.

Bottom line: Diploma programs are best for those who need to start working as soon as possible, but also want the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and skills compared to their certificate earning counterparts.

Associate degree

Usually taking two years to complete, an associate degree includes general education courses in addition to the major courses for medical billing and coding. This means a well-rounded education that allows for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program, if that’s what you choose. It can also mean better job opportunities, as many employers will prefer to hire those who have a degree. The disadvantage is a matter of time and money: The associate degree is often more expensive than a certificate or diploma, and it lengthens the time it will take before you can enter the workforce.

Bottom line: Associate degree programs are ideal for those who wish to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the school and its transfer rules, students with an associate degree can earn a bachelor’s degree in two years or less.

Medical Billing vs. Medical Coding: What’s the Difference?

Some programs go by the name of “medical billing” while others all themselves “medical coding.” There might be other names, such as “medical coding and insurance billing.” What’s the difference between billing and coding? Let’s take a look:

Medical billing: According to the AAPC, medical billing is “the process of submitting and following up on claims with insurance companies in order to receive payment for services rendered by a healthcare provider.” When a patient receives any sort of service, there is a code attached to that service – the code is then submitted as a claim to the insurance company, who is supposed to pay the claim within a certain period of time. The medical biller helps ensure that this happens, and that as a result, the revenue stream of the facility, office or the like continues to move smoothly. Medical billers stay right on top of the claims, communicate with insurance companies (and sometimes with patients as well), and make changes, update claims, or do whatever else must be done to get the necessary approvals that result in payment.

Medical coding: The AAPC defines medical coding as “the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.” The information necessary to create the codes comes from patient records. Medical coders review the patient records for every diagnosis, procedures performed, medical services rendered and the equipment used, among other points, then translates each into a particular code. The codes vary depending upon the classification system used. Those codes are then used by the medical biller to create claims that go to insurance companies.

It’s important to note that medical billers and medical coders serve two distinct functions, but sometimes one person can do both. This is especially true in smaller medical practices, where the patient roster is smaller, the procedures performed are more limited and the billing or coding work is done right there in the office, rather than sent out to a third party.

What You’ll Learn: Medical Billing and Coding Online Courses

Medical billing and coding both require a very specific set of skills and knowledge; it’s something that must be taught through in-depth courses. Though these courses might go by different names, they all focus on the same important aspects of medical billing and coding. Here are some of the courses you can expect to encounter, as well as what skills and knowledge you will have when you complete them.

Medical Insurance 101: Before you can code procedures or file claims, you’ll need to understand how insurance works. This course focuses on the ins and outs of the medical insurance industry. Similar courses concentrate on different types of insurance or coverage, such as Medicaid, CHIP, managed care, military insurance, workers compensation and more.

Anatomy: Landmarks and Divisions: In order to properly code and bill, you must understand the diagnosis, procedures and the like – and that means having a firm understanding of how the human body works. This course will focus on providing that in-depth overview.

Medical Terminology: Healthcare has a unique language all its own, and understanding the terms will help you learn to code and bill for the services rendered. This course and those similar to it will target abbreviations, symbols, special terms, and short-hand terms that combine all of the above.

ICD-10-CM Coding: This will usually be divided up into several modules or courses on different aspects of the complicated ICD-10-CM coding. You’ll learn how to find and use the proper codes for symptoms, complications, diagnosis, abnormal findings and much, much more.

Medical Records: This course will provide an in-depth understanding of how medical records are created, how to understand them, what to look for when finding codes for billing, and how to read both handwritten notes and electronic health records. Similar courses might go more in-depth on electronic health records, including the different types of software you might encounter.

How Much Does Online MB&C School Cost?

The cost for attending a medical billing and coding program varies widely, with much of the differences attributed to the length of the program. Certificates and diplomas, especially those that take only a few months to earn, will likely have the lowest cost. Earning an associate degree tends to be the most expensive option, but it’s also the one that allows for the most career mobility. All that said, the type of school you wish to attend may also impact your cost. Community colleges usually have the most affordable price tags, while for-profit colleges and private institutes may be the biggest burden on the pocketbook. Let’s see the different ways these costs break down.

Finding Low Cost Online Medical Billing & Coding Programs

Remember that low cost or “affordable” can mean something different for everyone. It all depends on the type of payment that makes the most sense for you, as well as the type of program you want to pursue. It also depends on whether you qualify for financial aid or scholarships. Here are a few tips to help you find the most affordable program for you:

Total cost

Tuition for the most affordable MB&C programs and courses can range between $500 and $1,500. This usually depends on the type of school, the type of program, and the end goal of the program or course. For example, Penn Foster Career School has a robust 10-month program for $1,099, which covers billing AND coding. Of course, those who choose an associate degree program can expect to pay the tuition rate set by the school to earn the two-year degree. When looking for the cheapest online medical billing and/or coding program, always make sure it has the accreditation you need to work toward certification as well as the recognition to make you a solid candidate in your chosen field.

Interest-free payments

Remember that tuition numbers aren’t necessarily what you will actually pay. Some programs may have a higher price tag, but more generous payment options. For example, Ashworth has zero-interest payment plans that may make sense for students on a month-to-month budget. Others might offer generous financial aid to those who qualify. As always, if you find an online MB&C program that fits your cost needs, vet it thoroughly for quality and accreditation.

How to Fund Your Online Medical Billing and Coding Program

Finding the money for the medical billing and coding program might seem like a daunting task, but there are many options out there. Part of the magic of attending an accredited program is that you might be eligible for federal financial aid, including grants and subsidized loans. In some cases, grants will cover the majority of the cost. Scholarships are also an option; though general scholarships are the norm, some scholarships are reserved only for those who enter an allied health profession. There are even scholarships available through the school itself, often based on need or merit. To learn more about payment options, visit our page about online medical billing and coding schools with financial aid.

How Long Does an Online Medical Billing and Coding Program Take?

The short answer: It depends. The type of credential you seek will dictate the time it takes to complete a program. For instance, a certificate or diploma can take anywhere from a few weeks to a full year to complete, while an associate degree program lasts two years (possibly only 18 month with accelerated courses). Some accelerated medical and billing programs have a very strong, narrow focus and can take less than six months to complete. To get a more detailed look at how long programs last, as well as the courses taken during the program and what else to expect, check out the program profiles above.

The 4 Week Online Course for Medical Billing & Coding

Those who want to get into the workforce as fast as possible might look for an accelerated option; these programs condense the necessary information into a very short time-frame, usually a few months. These very short programs teach the basics of what students need to know to move into the workforce as a medical biller, but they do not provide the knowledge necessary to become a medical coder.

If you do choose to go with a low-cost and fast-paced option, remember that it’s important to look at all aspects of the program. Vet it carefully by looking at quality reviews from graduates, job placement numbers, how well the program prepares you to sit for certification examinations (assuming you intend to become certified!) and how the skills and knowledge you earn during the program can help you advance in your future career. And of course, accreditation is the most important factor of all – it pays to attend an accredited school or program.

Does Accreditation Matter?

Accreditation is an incredibly important part of any higher education program. Accreditation essentially means a college or program has been closely examined by an independent body and found to meet the rigorous standards of a high-quality education. In other words, accreditation ensures that the credential you earn means something, and that your hard work doesn’t go to waste.

It also matters for a variety of other reasons. The biggest might be the question of financial aid – federal financial aid is usually only awarded to those who are enrolled in an accredited program. It’s not accredited? Then you usually pay out of pocket, which can be quite expensive. Another reason is keeping a good reputation. Many employers will only hire those who have graduated from an accredited school or program; anything less, and they will see the program as a “diploma mill” and assume you do not have the proper knowledge or skills to do the job.

A school or program might have regional accreditation through one of several accrediting bodies across the nation; a list of those six agencies is available here. Medical billing and coding programs might also be accredited by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management.

Career Growth for Medical Billers and Coders

The future is bright for medical billers and coders. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a projected growth rate of 8% from 2022 to 2032. Much of that growth can be attributed to a boom in healthcare, driven by an aging population, advanced technology that allows for more outpatient procedures, and the more common use of electronic health records. Those who are well-versed in different types of electronic health records can expect to have better job opportunities. Though most medical billers and coders will work in public or private hospitals, opportunities are also available in offices of physicians, outpatient clinics, administrative services or nursing homes. Depending upon the employer’s policies, some medical billing and coding technicians can work from home.

Those who start a career in medical billing and coding aren’t limited to staying in that position. There are many other career options that utilize health information technology, such as medical secretaries or medical transcriptionists. These positions allow medical billing and coding graduates to build upon their skills and knowledge to move into different parts of the medical field, and the work experience can hold them in good stead when they seek other positions, such as those in nursing or home health care.

Do I need to be certified as a medical biller and/or coder?

Technically, certification is not required to begin work as a medical biller or medical coder. However, certification is strongly recommended. Many employers will only hire those who have certification, so it makes you much more marketable. Besides that, it can provide a decent salary boost. To learn more, visit our full page on the importance and options available when it comes to medical billing and coding certification online.

How Much Do Medical Billers and Coders Make

According to the AAPC Annual Salary Survey (which includes all medical billers and coders who are members of the AAPC), the average income of a medical coder is $55,389 per year. Those who have no certification earned $46,321 per year, while those with at least one certification earned almost 18% more, at $56,290. Those who earned specialized certifications could earn over $71,300 per year.