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Study at your own pace from the comfort of your own home!
Prepares you to take a national certification exam.
Receive personal, ongoing support.
Better career advancement opportunities with your knowledge of Applied PCS.
As a professional medical coder and biller, you can earn a great income and possibly even work from home. The online, self-paced Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program provides you with the skills you need to earn a national certification and start working right away.
You will choose one of the following national certification exams to become a coder. Studying for and passing more than one exam is beneficial but optional. After enrollment, your coding support instructor can help you determine which exam(s) is right for you.
National exams offered through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association):
National exams offered through AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders):
Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Certified Outpatient Coder (COC)
Students will receive ebook textbooks, coding handbooks, and a voucher for one national certification exam. In addition, students who complete the program will also receive an official University of Utah Medical Coding and Billing completion award and digital badge.
This program is offered in partnership with CareerStep.
Schedule: The Medical Coding and Billing training program includes 390 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced, the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows. Completion time varies based on time commitment to the course. Many students are able to complete their training program in as little as 4 months. Students who devote approximately 20 hours per week may finish in about 8 months.
Not eligible for the University of Utah tuition reduction benefit
In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the training program.
Every student who enrolls in the Medical Coding and Billing training program receives an initial 12-month period of enrollment. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 12-month enrollment, we have 4-month extensions available for purchase.
Flexible program fits your schedule. You can start the program anytime, and it’s self-paced to fit your schedule. You can complete it in as little as 3 months or can take the full 12 months to complete the program.
Employer-trusted training materials. Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation are using this curriculum to train their employees. Our learners have even been hired to work remotely right after completion. Choose training employers prefer!
Expert-designed and supported career training. Our program was built by experts with decades of experience to ensure you gain the skills you need to excel in this field, and your trainers are available by phone, email, and chat to help you learn the material.
National certification preparation. Learners are eligible to sit for the CPC or COC exam offered through AAPC or the National Healthcare Association’s (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam after completion. We also offer a supplemental course in ICD-10-PCS that provides the additional training learners need to sit for the CCA exam offered through AHIMA. Your coding support trainer can help you determine which exam is right for you.
Gain skills in a quickly growing field. Employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026. In addition to these new jobs, there will also be open positions as people retire or leave the profession.
Digital badge. Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital badge upon satisfactory completion of all required courses.