Online Medical Coding Certification Course & Program - MedCerts

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HI 5100

Professional Coder: Medical Coding

Online Certification Training

This program is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in medical coding for a physician's office and is vital in preparation for either the CCS-P or CPC certification exam. *Prior billing & coding or industry experience is recommended. Watch our program sneak peek below!

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22  Weeks
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CPC-A,  
CCS-P 
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$38,004
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This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: AR, LA, ND, NV, OK, PA, RI, WI

Please review our State Restriction page to view what restrictions there may be in your state/region of residence or employment and ensure you are eligible for enrollment. These restrictions may not apply to students taking programs through an employer, academic or government-sponsored model - including MyCAA and Army, Air Force or Coast Guard Credentialing Assistance. To determine eligibility, please confirm with your sponsor or review our military spouse MyCAA-approved or Military Credentialing Assistance-approved programs.

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MedCerts Tuition Advantage

We believe everyone should have access to higher education. With the option to pay in full, break down payments or utilize government grant funding, we help expand that access.

Monthly Payment Options as low as $303 Payment Plans for Every Student

Talk with an Education Consultant to pick the perfect payment plan, from paying in full to installments with interest rates from 0-12%.

Total Tuition $3,500 Pay in Full

The total tuition can be paid immediately or through a number of grant-funded or monthly payment plan options.

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*Students in Maryland are not eligible for MedCerts payment plans but may be eligible for other tuition options. Speak to an Education Consultant for further information.

MyCAA, Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance/COOL and Workforce Grants

MedCerts offers financial aid options through these government grant-funded programs – MyCAA, Workforce Funding (including WIOA), and Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance or COOL funding for the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. Those eligible include Military Spouses; active duty Army, Reserves, and National Guard members; active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard, and US Space Force; active duty Coast Guard and SELRES members (enlisted and officers); or workforce-funded qualifying job seekers. Speak to an Education Consultant to see if you qualify.

What Does a Professional Coder Do?

As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P), you have proven you know how to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-10), procedure codes (CPT and HCPCS) for a wide variety of clinical cases and services. You will also be qualified for other revenue cycle and reimbursement duties in doctor’s offices, clinics, ambulatory facilities, and other healthcare settings.

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Professional Coders will see available jobs grow 1.3% over the next ten years.
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What You’ll Learn
HI 5100
Professional Coder

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 create 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.

*Prior billing & coding or industry experience (Recommended)

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

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment
  4. Prior billing & coding or industry experience (Recommended)
  5. Qualifying score on the Wonderlic SLE-Q and WBST test

MedCerts-Covered Materials*

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. Textbook: CPC Bundle (Text and Coding Resources)
  3. Competency assessments
  4. National Certification exam fee (option of CPC-A exam or CCS-P exam)

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches

*The cost of all materials needed for this program are covered by MedCerts. They are not included in the tuition costs and the student is not liable for any costs or fees related to the above materials.

Required Courses
PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
Length
2 Weeks
Duration

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

    • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
    • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
    • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
    • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
    • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
Length
6 Weeks
Duration

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an anatomy and physiology app that enables students to explore, visualize, interact, and experience the anatomy of the human body in 3D and augmented reality (AR). Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This immersive experience will trigger thought processes and enhance learning outcomes in their Anatomy and Physiology program. The app has about 50 simulations across different topics.

    • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
    • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
    • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
    • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
    • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 1051

Medical Coding

224 hours
Length
14 Weeks
Duration

Medical Coding is a comprehensive course that provides the opportunity to gain expertise in reviewing documentation and assigning medical codes for diagnoses, procedures, and services performed by physicians and other qualified healthcare providers in the office or facility setting. Using CPT, ICD, and HCPCS manuals as resources, codes will be assigned across a wide range of services, including evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgery, radiology, pathology, and medicine. This course will cover coding guidelines, regulations, compliance, and reimbursement to include medical necessity, insurance payers and claims, correct coding, and charges related to code assignment. 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.

Students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging learning experience. In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment, and inspiration throughout training.

    • Appreciate the contribution of anatomy and medical terminology in the role of outpatient medical coding
    • Understand the use of medical documentation, medical records, and healthcare information for coding accuracy
    • Utilize characteristics of ICD-10-CM and follow appropriate medical coding conventions and guidelines to select codes for diagnoses, signs, and symptoms
    • Demonstrate the ability to code services, procedures, and supplies using CPT/HCPCS codes following documentation guidelines by applying coding terminology
    • Gain an understanding of the standards of ethical coding, legal compliance and HIPAA as applicable to medical record abstracting to achieve coding quality for accurate reimbursement
Code Course Duration
PS 1011 2 Weeks
HI 1014 6 Weeks
HI 1051 14 Weeks
Total Program Duration 22 Weeks

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Job Opportunities

Professional Fee Coder

$28,000 – $56,000*
Estimated Salary
Entry Level

Professional Medical Coder

$28,000 – $56,000*
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Career Potential

Surgical Coder

$29,000 – $71,000*
Estimated Salary

FAQs for MedCerts' Online Professional Coder Certification Course

What is a Professional Medical Coder?

A Professional Coder is a healthcare professional responsible for translating medical procedures, diagnoses, and symptoms into standardized codes used for billing and documentation purposes. These codes are crucial for insurance claims, statistical assessments, and ensuring compliance with healthcare regulations.

What is the career outlook for a Professional Coder?

The career outlook for Professional Coders is promising, with an expected job growth of 8% over the next ten years. The demand for skilled coders is driven by the growing need for accurate medical documentation and billing in the healthcare industry.

What is the salary for a Professional Coder?

The average median salary for a Professional Medical Coder is $47,180. Salaries can vary based on experience, location, and the specific healthcare setting in which a coder works.

How do I become a Professional Coder?

To become a Professional Coder, you should complete a specialized training program like MedCerts’ Professional Coder (CPC) Online Training Program, which prepares you for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exams.

What skills will I learn in your online Professional Coder certification training course?

In the online Professional Coder certification training course, you will learn to:

  • Assign accurate medical codes for diagnoses, procedures, and services using CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II coding systems.

  • Understand medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology to accurately code provider diagnoses and services.

  • Navigate and adhere to coding guidelines, regulations, and compliance standards.

What are the enrollment requirements for your online Professional Coder certification training course?

The enrollment requirements are:

1. High School Diploma or GED.

2. Web browser with internet connection.

3. Course registration & payment.

4. Prior billing & coding or industry experience is recommended.

5. Qualifying score on the Wonderlic SLE-Q and WBST test.

How much does your online Professional Coder training course cost?

Tuition for the Professional Coder online training course is $3,500.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, MedCerts offers payment options as low as $303 per month.

Does MedCerts offer scholarships?

MedCerts provides financial aid options through government grant-funded programs designed to support military spouses, active duty military members, and qualifying job seekers. These include:

How long is your online Professional Coder certification class?

The online Professional Coder certification class lasts 22 weeks.

How is your online Professional Coder certification course structured and taught?

The course is structured around expert-led video training, textbooks, and access to coding software for hands-on practice. It includes interactive simulations, game-based learning, and interviews with industry experts to cater to various learning styles.

Do you offer certification exam prep or help for the CPC exam?

Yes, the program includes exam preparation resources and support to help students successfully pass the CPC or CCS-P certification exams.

What is included in your online Professional Coder certification course?

The course includes:

  • Expert-led video-based training.

  • Textbooks and coding resources.

  • Competency assessments.

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

Is your Professional Coder certification training course valid nationwide?

This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: AR, LA, ND, NV, PA, RI, WI.

Is your Professional Coder certification program accredited?

MedCerts' programs, including the Professional Coder certification training, are designed to meet industry standards and are aligned with the requirements of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Are there any clinical requirements for receiving your Professional Coder certification?

No, there are no clinical requirements for receiving a Professional Coder certification.

  1. This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin
  2. While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate prerequisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.

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