Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Medical Coding Training

Medical Coding Training Cost


How Much Does Medical Coding Training Cost?

 
low costOnline Courses: $1,000-$4,000average costCertificate Preparation Programs: $2,500-$12,000high costDegree Program: $20,000-$30,000
post Post   Comments (2)  

Medical coders work with standardized healthcare coding systems used for billing of patient services and procedures. Medical coders are tasked with deciphering patient charts to assign the proper codes to ensure reimbursement from private and federal insurance providers. Medical coders work in all areas of healthcare -- most frequently in doctors' offices and hospitals. Medical coding and medical billing are frequently paired, both in training and in career paths.

Typical costs:

  • Medical coding training courses are available online for $1,000-$4,000 total. American Association of Medical Coders offers an online standard certified professional coder preparation course[1] for $1,495. Career Step, an online medical training center, packages two medical coding and billing programs that cost $2,095-$2,495.
  • In-person medical coder certificate preparation programs offered at technical schools and community colleges cost $2,500-$12,000 depending on residency status of the student. Tuition for the medical coder certificate program[2] at St. Petersburg College, in Florida, is $3,196 for residents and $11,594 for non-residents.
  • Medical coding is taught as part of larger healthcare management associate degree programs at some schools. The associate degree programs take 18 months to two years to complete and cost $20,000-$30,000. Colorado Technical University has a health administration services degree program[3] that costs $27,260 and can be completed in 18 months.
Related articles: Medical Billing Training, Medical Transcription Training, Community College

What should be included:
  • Medical coder programs should include comprehensive training in one or more of the standardized medical codes including CPT (Current Procedure Terminology), HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System), and ICD-9 (and soon ICD-10).
  • In addition the learning standardized medical coding systems, programs should include training in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, HIPAA compliance and insurance compliance.
Additional costs:
  • There are a variety of certification tests for medical coders which cover various skill levels and occupations. The American Health Information Management Association, the leading organization in health care management, has coder certification[4] for both medical coding associates for $200-$300 and for medical coding specialists for $300-$400. Associates[5] can be certified after completing training, specialists[6] need on-the-job experience to qualify for testing.
  • The American Association of Professional Coders provides certification for various coding areas of expertise including for certified interventional radiology cardiovascular coder[7] for $400 and various coding specialties[8] for $245.
  • The Association of Registered Healthcare Professionals offers testing to become a registered medical coder[9] for $285. Becoming registered is voluntary but can lead to higher paid positions.
Discounts:
  • For degree-based programs, such as those at junior or community colleges, financial aid is available to qualified students. Students can apply for federal financial aid[10] online.
  • Fastweb[11] , a subsidiary of Monster, is an online search engine for scholarships and grants.
  • The American Health Information Management Association awards scholarships[12] annually for students pursuing careers in health information management.
  • Sarah Lincoln Bush Health System[13] provides scholarships to medical coding students.
  • American Association of Professional Coders offers discounts on membership and certification testing[14] for students who complete AAPC training.
Shopping for medical coding training:
  • The Health Information Careers provides information for finding an ideal coding program[15] .
  • The American Association of Professional Coders provides a search of classes for CPC and CPC-H training[16] across the country.
  • There are many reputable companies that offer legitimate and rigorous medical training, but be cautious about programs which makes promises of guaranteed jobs or at-home work that sound too good to be true. HomeWithTheKids.com describes common medical transcription/billing/coding scams[17] .
post Post   Comments (2)  
CostHelper News


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do While At Home
You may not be able to host the large family gathering for the holidays, but there are still many ways to pick up items curbside to spruce up your indoor space for your everyday enjoyment and to bring a more festive spirit. || Posted December 30 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Billing and coding
Amount: $12,000.00
Posted by: Karyne Esmon in Florence, AZ.Posted: November 3rd, 2017 06:11AM
Program: Certification Obtained: Yes 2006
Need recertified so I can get a new job in the Medical field
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Medical coding
Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Tampa, FL.Posted: July 20th, 2016 11:07AM
Program: CPCCertification Obtained: No
I enrolled in a credited school that took advantage of the fact that I was unemployed, said I could get financial aid and grants to cover school costs, promised a job when I graduated. I've been graduated since May2016 I now owe $18,000 is school loans which lowered my credit score and I'm still unemployed. Been on 100 of interviews. It was the biggest mistake of my life.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Medical Coding Training
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Program: Certification Obtained: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.aapc.com/training/cpc-online-medical-coding-training-course.aspx
  2.  www.spcollege.edu/courses/program/MEDCD-CT
  3.  www.coloradotech.edu/Degree-Programs/Associate-Degree-In-Health-Administration-Ser...
  4.  www.ahima.org/certification/examfees.aspx
  5.  www.ahima.org/certification/cca.aspx
  6.  www.ahima.org/certification/ccs.aspx
  7.  www.aapc.com/certification/circc.aspx
  8.  www.aapc.com/certification/specialty-credentials.aspx
  9.  mmi-classes.com/collections/arhcp/rmc-test.html
  10.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/#
  11.  www.fastweb.com/
  12.  www.ahimafoundation.org/education/default.aspx
  13.  www.sarahbush.org/patients-visitors/lab-test/
  14.  www.aapc.com/training/medical-coding-training.aspx
  15.  hicareers.com/Toolbox/recognition.aspx
  16.  www.aapc.com/training/medical-coding-classes.aspx
  17.  www.homewiththekids.com/scams/medical.php
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does High School Cost? How Much Does Welding Training Cost? How Much Does EMT Training and Certification Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
shoulder mri
Paid: 8000.00
Seriously, 8K for an MRI before all the secret insurance kicks in. I was stuck with a 1200 bill and my insurance is pretty good. This is insane for a 20 minute procedure with no nurse assistance... [more]
-stevej45
MRI Cost
Garage conversion for larger Den. Old den will become Breakfast room
Paid: 21000.00
We removed garage door, put in a 107'X60" window and exterior door. We also framed/sheet rocked where the garage door had been and built a closet... [more]
-USAF Retiree's wife
Garage Conversion Cost
Traffic citation
Paid: 500.00
Flat rate... [more]
-OL
Traffic Ticket Attorney Cost
what should have cost under 100
Paid: 399.67
had my back wheel stuck on someone's driveway and I was pulled out as easily as a tractor could have done... [more]
-Morgan Moonscar
Towing a Car Cost
Why is dental insurance stuck in the 80's?
Paid: 55000.00
In 1986, I started my first full time Big Girl job, which came with options for medical insurance that ranged from "Volkswagon to Cadillac, and everything in between" which was up to me to choose based on my needs, what I could af... [more]
-Frogsoup09
Dental Implants Cost
Sticker shock
Paid: 389.00
I was totally shocked it came to 385 for one pair of glasses! Usually 220 at costco... [more]
-Diana Evans
Eyeglasses Cost