Our online Medical Coding classes will help you prepare for a brand new, in-demand career. With Brighton College, you’ll learn how to become a medical coder, and you’ll be ready to sit for your Medical Coding certification exam upon completion of the program.
What is a Medical Coder?
Every medical service (such as an office visit, surgical procedure, and testing) has a numerical code associated with it. A medical coder identifies and assigns numerical codes to patient procedures and diagnoses by abstracting information and utilizing required coding systems. This information is then submitted for financial reimbursement to health insurance companies and/or government agencies. If you would like to prepare for new career opportunities in this growing field, Brighton College’s online Medical Coding program can help you do just that.
What Will I Study in this Online Medical Coding Program?
The following are just a few of the concepts you will learn in this exciting Medical Coding program:
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Office Procedures
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Evaluation and Management
- Coding Diagnoses including ICD-9 and ICD-10
- CPT Coding Procedures
- Coding Linkages and Compliance
- History of National Level Coding
- Third Party Reimbursement Issues
- Official Guidelines of Coding and Reporting
A Career in Medical Coding!
Our Medical Coding program was designed with you in mind. The medical coding program is self-paced, allowing you to complete it according to your own schedule. You can review lessons as many times as you want, reinforcing the material until you have a solid understanding of it.
Once you enroll, you can get started right way! Medical coding courses are released one by one to ensure you properly retain the information.
What courses are in the Medical Coding program?
The following courses are included in the Medical Coding program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Medical Coding program has a total of 18 credit hours.
|Course ID||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|MED 101||Introduction to Health Care||1 Credit Hour|
|This course provides an overview of the evolution of medicine, the role of allied health professionals, and the different medical specialties.|
|MED 102||Essentials of Medical Terminology||3 Credit Hours|
|This course is an exploration of the systems of the human body including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems, as well as reproductive, integumentary, blood/lymph, endocrine and nervous systems and how they relate to each other. In addition, some of the most common diseases and disorders affecting these systems and the treatments for them are discussed.|
|MED 104||Medical Office Procedures||4 Credit Hours|
|This course provides the required background for the responsibilities of the administrative medical assistant. It prepares students for the ever-increasing use of technology in the medical office, with an emphasis on the importance of the computerization of routine tasks and of communications. Students learn to perform the duties of the administrative medical assistant under realistic conditions and with realistic pressures that require them to organize the work and set priorities.|
|MED 103||Anatomy and Physiology||4 Credit Hours|
|This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body systems. Students will acquire core knowledge in the components of each system, and how systems relate to each other. Special emphasis is on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive (male and female) systems.|
|MCB 102||Medical Coding I||3 Credit Hours|
|Medical Coding I and Medical Coding II are companion courses. Students study the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) (or International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-9-CM (or ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated. Inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems are discussed.|
|MCB 103||Medical Coding II||3 Credit Hours|
|A continuation of Coding I, students study the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) (or International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-9-CM (or ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated. Inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems are discussed.Prerequisite: MCB 102.|
|BUS 102||Career Exploration||Optional|
|As students complete their program of study and prepare to search for a position in their new career, this course gives an introduction to the world of work, covering labor market information, career planning, job search techniques, resume preparation, interviewing skills and questions, and correspondence.|
You could find medical coding career opportunities in the following settings:
- Physicians’ offices
- Insurance companies
- Other medical facilities
Medical Coding Career Outlook
If you’re thinking about working in medical coding, your job opportunities will be good! Employment for health information technicians is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2022.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, health information technicians had a median annual wage of $34,160 in May 2012.
Start preparing for new medical coding career opportunities. Learn more about Brighton’s Medical Coding Courses online.
* Information based on the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, a publication of the U.S. Department of Labor. Individual student earnings vary based on experience and location.
Tuition & Fees
Application Fee is $50.
The total price for the Brighton College Medical Coding program is $3,070. All textbooks and materials are now included with tuition!
|Total Sales Price||$3,070|
- Full Payment Plan: Pay in full and receive a $200 discount for a total program price of $2,870.
- Automatic Payment Plan: Pay only 8 interest-free monthly payments of $342 and one final payment of $334, for a total program price of $3,070. Payments will automatically be charged monthly to your credit card.
- Extended Payment Plan: Choose this plan and pay 11 interest-free monthly payments of $256, and a final payment of $254, for a total program price of $3,070. Payments will automatically be charged monthly to your credit card.
- All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma.
Brighton College works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.
|Change of Program||$50|
|Returned Check / Declined Credit Card||$25|
All textbooks are provided for students in the Medical Coding program. Ebooks will be utilized when available. Courses are taken one at a time, and textbooks are delivered as new courses are released to the student.
Brighton College is dedicated to assisting you with your job search. We work side-by-side with you to help you with whatever your post-graduation goals are. Below are some of the benefits you’ll get as a Brighton College graduate.
Specialized Career Course
All Brighton College students have the option of taking our Career Exploration course, which focuses on preparing you for your job search. Learn important skills such as networking, career management, resume building, interview preparation, and building interpersonal relationships.
Through a partnership with the National Healthcare Association (NHA), Brighton College provides graduates with a certification preparation package and a voucher for the Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification exam at no additional charge!