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    Talking Medical Billing and Coding Schools Online

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalB32 View Post
    I have a friend that is interested in Medical Billing and Coding. She decided to take online classes. Does anyone know if it's a good idea for her to do so? Will she have to potential of getting hired even though it's online courses and not lectured in a class? Also if anyone has taken online course is it difficult?
    : I have found out that the schools do not tell you that you have to work first then take the exam. But jobs will not hire you until you take the exam. I just spent $19,500 for an Online school for an AS in Billing and Coding. I can not find a job in this area because I am not certified as of yet. I am disabled and do not have the $300. to take the exam. I thought when I went to this online school I would be getting work. Instead, I ended up in debt and without a job. I could of gone to a regular college and got my nursing degree for $3,000 more.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Tacoma, WA


    I took classes through the local community college. The classes were 100% online (although I did have to go on campus a couple of times to meet with my advisor and take a couple of tests). With books and tuition I think I spent around $3500 and finished in 3 quarters. I finished my schoolwork in early December and took the CPC exam and passed in mid-December. I was also able to complete a local externship in December. The coding manager at the hospital where I did my externship is waiting approval to hire me full-time.

    There is no way that anyone needs to spend $19,000 to learn how to code. As someone mentioned, the online classes offered through the AAPC would be much cheaper and would definitely teach what one would need to know for certification.

    The bottom line for any one is what program is going to give me the best shot at getting hired? This is why I opted for the local school. I figured I might meet local people who could help me get hired.

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    If the student is going for an Associate's degree then $19,000-$25,000 is about the norm.

  4. #14
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    Apr 2007
    Kokomo, Indiana


    Quote Originally Posted by lharpole View Post
    If the student is going for an Associate's degree then $19,000-$25,000 is about the norm.
    I agree this is the norm and if your friend is going through a 16mo course it sounds like she is doing an Associates not just a coding course.

  5. #15

    Default No experience

    I thought an education as a billing & coding specialist would get me a job. WRONG!

    The first, very first thing you need to be a coder is a job first. That's right. As a clerk, receptionist, something in office. Without experience in a medical office, how else can you answer a job requiring experience when you are newly certified?
    The people with coding jobs are the ones who had a job in an office and picked up coding additionally. I have voluteered at several places just for the experience and can't get in the door. I have thought about taking the "virtual experience" course of 800 practice cases, but am leary. I know how to code, will this teach me how to just walk in and take over the responsibilities of the office??? I think not.
    How do we newbies get an aprenticship position?

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    Apr 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalB32 View Post
    That helps out alot! I mentioned it to her, but I don't think she knows much about it.
    See she wants to do a 16 month course, and it's going to cost 19,000.

    I'm relieved that you were able to pass the test! Makes me feel a little better about her taking the online test!
    Online course through AAPC would not cost more than $3000.00

  7. #17

    Thumbs down AAPC online classes very unhelpful

    Don't waste your money purchasing the AAPC online classes. I paid $700 for a bundle of medical terminology and Anatomy. You are basically reading the book and taking a mediocre test. There is no one to help and ask questions. I ended having to look for a classroom course with an actual teacher.

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