Students in SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding learn to work in the administrative side of health care. Earn a certificate or associate’s degree in as few as 7 months.
About the Program
What Will I Learn?
Students in SJVC’s Medical Billing and Coding online program learn translatable, career-specific skills that will help prepare them to work on the administrative side of healthcare. Upon completion of this program, the successful student will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in reviewing and assigning medical codes across a wide range of medical services
- Facilitate timely reimbursement by preparing and submitting claims with accurately assigned codes
- Support the efficient operation of a medical office by accurately reviewing, documenting, and maintaining patient financial records
- Effectively communicate with other medical professionals using correct medical and insurance terminology in written and oral communication
- Assist with patient registration and intake
- Provide CPR (BLS-HCP) and First Aid
Enroll in SJVC’s Medical Billing and Coding online program to learn the skills employers look for, including:
- Medical insurance principles
- Insurance claims management
- Diagnostic and procedural medical coding (CPT/HCPCS)
- Structural anatomy and medical terminology
- Effective communication tactics
- Foundational medical office skills
Is Medical Billing and Coding in Demand?
Well-trained personnel are in demand to work for hospitals, insurance companies, medical and dental offices, healthcare clinics and more. Medical billing and coding specialists are needed to help organize and manage health information, which means the demand for these positions will increase over the next decade due to the aging population in the United States requiring more medical services, per the BLS.
According to the BLS, employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, representing approximately 29,000 new positions that will need to be filled.¹ The BLS also reports “most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have certification, or they may expect applicants to earn certification shortly after being hired.” Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2019-2029 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
How Much Can a Medical Records and Health Information Technician Make?
Salary information from the BLS indicates that the mean annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $46,590 ($22.40 per hour) in May 2019.2 California is the highest paying state for medical records and health information technicians with an annual mean wage of $52,580.3
How to Enroll in the Medical Billing and Coding Online Course Program
If you want to prepare for a new career, take the first step and apply in SJVC’s Medical Billing and Coding online program. You can earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 7 months or an Associate of Science degree in as few as 15 months, with the convenience and flexibility of going to school online.
SJVC’s Medical Billing & Coding program is conveniently available:
Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College holds dual institutional accreditations.
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501,(510)748-9001 and also the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).
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