Above average Medical Coding Education Program
Recently, my friend Bob approached me with an idea. He has decided that he wants to become a medical coder. When he first told me he was interested in exploring coding as a career, I didn’t really think he knew what he was talking about. As Bob itemized the reasons for his interest however, I became more and more convinced it could work.
Bob told me he’s looking for:
- Something challenging that will stretch his brain.
- Something he could potentially do from a home office.
- Something in demand in the market.
- Something he could train for in a year or less.
- Something for which the training expense was affordable for him ($2000 or less.)
Knowing this gentleman fairly well, I think the characteristics he has that will potentially make him a good candidate to train for a coding career are:
- Enjoys reading.
- Has the ability to focus on details.
- Has the ability to retain details.
- Has good communication skills for interacting with physicians, patients & insurance companies.
- Has good computer skills.
- Has an interest in healthcare.
Bob had thought it through pretty well so I agreed to research programs and help him choose one. We narrowed the field down to certificate/diploma programs as he is unwilling to spend the time and money to obtain an associates degree at this point in his life – he is an older adult learner.
I found many training programs out there – so many in fact that I think choosing one can be a time-consuming and potentially difficult task for anyone.
Here is how I chose a short-list of recommended training programs for my friend Bob. I looked for schools or programs that:
- Are accredited, either nationally or regionally or both, or have an established reputation.
- Provided clear, cohesive information online about the program details, tuition and what’s included in the certificate without having to complete any information or give my email address!
- Took no longer than one year.
- Looked legitimate online! (Subjective, I realize.)
Each of the following programs on my list met Bob’s basic requirements, but varied greatly in cost, time to complete and comprehensiveness.
*AAPC price includes the certification exam
**Additional fees may include books (procedure & diagnosis) and membership fees
***Most programs either require or strongly recommend a prerequisite of Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology
Bob’s list is not intended to be an all-inclusive one. I spent a significant amount of time researching programs, but I could have gone much deeper, given an unlimited amount of time. I called the programs listed above to verify basic information, but I recommend program-seekers take it further.
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