Medical Coding & Billing Program
The healthcare industry is currently experiencing a demand for professionals that are trained in medical operations, such as the processing and maintaining of patients’ medical records. At Elmira Business Institute, we offer an accelerated Certificate program that is specifically designed to train individuals in billing and coding, and which takes 12-months to complete. After completing the program, students will qualify to sit for the AAPC medical coding certification exam.
Medical Coding & Billing Career
So, what exactly does a medical coder do? These professionals play a vital role in the patient’s future medical evaluations and outcomes. Medical coders review patient information for preexisting conditions and work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing office. Important skills that are taught and mastered for this career include: active listening, reading comprehension, critical thinking and time management. As a medical coding specialist, you must be able to understand medical records and decide how they should be coded in a patient’s records. These professionals typically work in hospitals or physicians’ offices, and spend much of their time working on a computer.
Medical Billing classes at EBI include:
- Diagnostic and procedural codes
- Patient information
- Data retrieval, analysis and claims processing
Medical Coding & Billing Job Outlook
A career as a medical coding and billing specialist is expected to be among the fastest growing conventional job prospects, with a growth rate of 46.8%. Additionally, new jobs in physicians’ offices and in private practices are most likely to be created. EBI College Graduates typically find employment in various medical office environments, such as hospitals or in the private practice offices of physicians.
If this is not reason enough to enroll today, be aware that after training at Elmira Business Institute, free career placement assistance is offered, which includes practice interviews and resume critiques.
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How can I find out about this career?
For more information about a career in Medical Coding and Billing, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website (www.onetonline.org). The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for the career is 29-2071.00 and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 51.0713.01.
What is the total cost of the Medical Coding and Billing Certificate Program?
The total current tuition and fees for a student completing the program in normal time is $19,100.00 and the total additional cost for books and supplies is $2,600.00.
What percentages of graduates complete the program in the normal time frame as published in the catalog?
For students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, 20% completed in the published normal time frame. The total graduation rate as reported to U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for this period was 57%.
What percentage of graduates found employment related to their field of study?
The most recent annual report to our accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), shows that 92% of graduates found employment related to their field of study.
How much student loan debt does a typical graduate have to repay after graduation?
The median* loan debt for students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 was $16,920.00 for public debt (Title IV loans).
*median debt represents the mid-point in a list of all students carrying debt.