Online Medical Billing and Coding

Earn Your Medical Billing and Coding Degree or Certificate Online

Want to work in healthcare? Administrative jobs in the medical field are a great way to get your foot in the door and begin a successful healthcare career.

Maintaining patient records, interacting with health insurance agencies, processing patient insurance claims and issuing invoices for medical services are time-consuming responsibilities, which is why healthcare professionals turn to medical billing and coding specialists.

San Joaquin Valley College’s online Medical Billing and Coding program will prepare you to meet the growing demand for medical records and health information technicians in the United States, which is expected to grow 13 percent nationally between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the 7 percent expected change in employment for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).¹

The online Medical Billing and Coding certificate and associate’s degree programs equip students with the professional credentials employers are looking for. Earn your Medical Billing and Coding Certificate online in as little as 7 months, or enroll in the 15-month Associate of Science Degree program.

Medical Billing and Coding Learning Outcomes

Students in SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding program learn translatable, career-specific skills that will prepare them to work on the administrative side of healthcare. The Medical Billing and Coding program covers a wide-ranging curriculum that prepares students for the demands and responsibilities of an entry-level administrative healthcare specialist.

Enroll in SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding program to learn the skills employers look for and often require, 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

Medical Billing and Coding Certification

Both credential levels of this online program prepare students to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) certification exam, which the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) calls the “gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings.”²

Upon successful completion of the Certificate or A.S. Degree program, all SJVC Medical Billing and Coding graduates who pass the AAPC CPC exam and complete Practicode are eligible to achieve full CPC status upon submission of school transcripts to the AAPC. Fees for the CPC examination and student membership to AAPC are paid for by SJVC upon successful completion of prescribed coursework.*

Earning your CPC certification signifies that you possess a sound knowledge of medical coding guidelines and regulations, and demonstrates expertise in assigning accurate medical codes for diagnoses, procedures and services performed by healthcare providers.

It is the student/graduate’s responsibility to locate an available AAPC test site to schedule and take the appropriate CPC and/or CPB examination.

Medical Billing and Coding Career Outlook

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 billing and coding specialists is projected to grow 13 percent through 2026, representing approximately 27,800 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.”

How Much Can a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Make?

Salary information from the BLS indicates that the mean annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $42,820 annually ($20.59 per hour) in May 2017.³ California is the highest paying state for medical records and health information technicians with an annual mean wage of $50,260.4

How to Enroll in Medical Billing and Coding Online Courses

If you want to start a new career, take the first step and enroll in SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding program. You can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 7 months or an Associate of Science degree in approximately 15 months, with the convenience and flexibility of going to school online.

Request more information on either program or call toll-free 855-667-9557 to speak with an admission’s representative. Refer to FAQ page if you have any questions about earning your degree online.

*Payment for more than one retake of CPC and/or CPB is the responsibility of the student or graduate. Failure to sit or pass either exam does not constitute a refund or discount in tuition.

¹http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm
²https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/
³https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292071.htm
4http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292071.htm#st

Online Medical Billing and Coding Program Details

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by 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.

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA
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 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897

Website
www.bppe.ca.gov

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.