Medical Coder

Medical Coder
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What is a Medical Coder Certificate?

Medical coding professionals use industry-established codes and the latest healthcare technology to collect, organize, and report vital information such as diagnoses and treatment outcomes. Coding professionals also manage medical and financial records and work with hospitals and insurance companies to ensure patient claims are properly recorded and processed.

University of Cincinnati’s Online Medical Coder Certificate Program

UC’s comprehensive program curriculum qualifies and prepares students for a variety of professional exams including Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Medical coding graduates are also eligible for the certificate-to-degree fast track program which guarantees acceptance into UC’s 100% Online Health Information Systems program (AAS HIS). The certificate-to-degree fast track program saves students a significant amount of time and money by guaranteeing all of their credits from the certificate program will transfer into the associates program.

UC offers continued encouragement and support to our medical coding graduates through the Professional Technical Certification Reimbursement Program (PTR). The PTR program awards eligible students full or partial reimbursement for various technical certification exam fees including CPC® and CCA® (among others).

Program Overview

  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Prepares students to sit for CPC® and CCA® exams
  • Flexible scheduling options (full or part-time)
  • Can be completed in just 3 – 4 semesters
  • Access to career services and job boards
  • Professional networking with faculty and peers

Is a Certificate in Medical Coding Right for Me?

Have you always wanted to work in the medical field but felt discouraged because of the time commitment and financial investment required? Then becoming a medical coding professional could be perfect for you! One of the many advantages of working in the allied health field is that you don’t have to spend years earning an expensive medical degree. With UC’s affordable and highly-marketable Medical Coding Certificate, you can start working in the healthcare field immediately!

Career Options

UC’s medical coding graduates are in very high demand! Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and demand for medical coders and other health information professionals has skyrocketed over the last few years. The healthcare industry is experiencing unprecedented change and continues to evolve with the ongoing shift to electronic health records (EHR) . In addition, a large portion of the population is now entering retirement age, creating even more demand for medical coders and other health professionals who can process and manage all of this data.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the Medical Records and Health Information industry is expected to grow more than 10% by 2029. This is much faster than the average for all other occupations! Not only are there an increasing number of job openings, but many of these jobs offer above average salaries and the opportunity to work remotely/from home.

As a Certified Medical Coder, you can work in a variety of career settings including:
  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Nursing facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health services
  • Insurance firms
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Law firms
  • Tax firms
  • Billing companies
  • Public health/government agencies

Further Your Career

Graduates of our online Medical Coding program are in very high demand! Certified billers & coders can find immediate employment in various settings including hospitals, clinics, doctors offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, insurance companies, financial management companies, legal firms, consulting agencies and many more. Using the latest technology and industry-established codes, professional coders collect, organize and report vital information such as diagnoses, treatment outcomes and patient care.

A certificate in Medical Coding from UC Online opens up a lot of doors for future opportunities:

  • As a Medical Coding graduate, you can transfer into UC’s 100% online Health Information Systems (HIS) program and earn your Associates in just one year!.
  • Graduates of our HIS program can seamlessly transition into our 100% online Bachelor’s in Health Information Management program, which is designed for working professionals and offers flexible scheduling and generous financial aid packages.
  • Our HIS students sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam in their last semester. Graduate with your Associates and RHIT credential and hit the ground running!
  • Our HIM graduates are qualified (and well-prepared) to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. The RHIT and RHIA credentials are well-respected and highly sought after in the healthcare industry.
  • Our 100% online Cancer Registry Management Certificate Program is another great opportunity to increase your earnings and marketability in the healthcare industry. Our Cancer Registry program is one of VERY FEW NCRA-accredited programs in the U.S. offered 100% online..

Is UC Online right for me?

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