How to Become a Medical Coder or Biller

According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical billing and coding is expected to grow 20% by 2020.

Overview & Salaries

Much Does a Medical Biller or Coder Make?
$34,160 (national median salary)

Expected Growth from 2012-2020:

Recommended Degree/Certificate:
The right degree for you depends on the industry and company you apply for. Those looking for an entry positions will likely need at certificate in medical billing and coding from and accredited program. If you are looking to get into a competitive or advance position, then a associate’s degree can help you stand out in the hiring process. Learn more by clicking our “Education Required” tab up top.

(all information above provided by the 2012 BLS Medical Records and Health Information Technicians page)

The Best Places to Become a Medical Biller and Coder

Medical billing and coding specialists enjoy a variety of employment opportunities, both full-time and part-time, with different parties involved in medical billing.

  • Private practices
  • Clinics or hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Other health-related facilities

Employment and Information Data for Medical Billing and Coding

Why Become a Medical Biller and Coder?

A medical billing and coding specialist manages many of the important logistical details that happen behind the scenes in the medical industry. By ensuring that the business side of health care is running smoothly, you will allow medical specialists to focus on providing care for their patients.

Recommended Courses to Help You Become a Medical Biller or Coder

  • Introduction to ICD Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Health Data Administration
  • Health Information Management

Degrees to Help You Become a Medical Biller and Coder

There is no formal educational requirement for this career, but employers prefer job applicants have completed a minimum of an associate’s degree or Certification from a college or trade school.

Associate of Applied Science

An Associate of Applied Science is typically a two year program which prepares students for entry level positions in the medical field. Coursework in biology, chemistry, computer science and math strengthens a resume.

Certified Medical Certification

A Certified Medical Certificate typically takes between 9 to 12 months to complete and covers basic knowledge of the field, including physiology, anatomy and the sciences.