MEDICAL CODING – ONLINE PROGRAM
MEDICAL CODING – ONLINE PROGRAM
Prepare for medical coding jobs in hospitals, clinics, medical offices and other health care settings. In the online medical coding training program at UAF, you’ll learn how to analyze medical records and assign codes used to index diagnoses and provide information for reimbursement. Graduates will be prepared for the national certification required for the majority of medical coding jobs in the United States.
Who Is the Medical Coding Program Designed For?
This occupational training program is a great fit for anyone who is interested in working in health care settings — especially those with strong organizational skills and a keen eye for detail. Because our program is offered entirely online, it’s also a great option for students outside the Fairbanks area, or who want more flexibility to balance work and family time.
Depending on your needs and interests, you may also want to check out our medical billing training program.
What is medical coding?
Medical coding is the process of translating important medical information into universal alphanumeric codes in order to document medical records and ensure accurate billing.
Every time you visit a health care provider, medical coders are at work documenting information such as diagnosis, treatment and test results. In addition to facilitating reimbursement for medical services provided, this uniform system of coding allows for a more seamless transfer of medical records between different health care facilities.
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Why Study Medical Coding Online at UAF?
- Prepare for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding exam and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) exam.
- Complete your medical coding job training program online at your own pace, part-time or full-time.
- Get personal support and guidance from expert faculty and advisors who are here to help you succeed.
Cost breakdown for the online medical coding program
The estimated cost for the medical coding program based on current rates is $3,887.
See what your dollars go toward on the UAF eCampus Tuition and Fees page.
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Earn your occupational endorsement online at UAF and pay in-state tuition no matter where you live. Combining convenience and practical career training, our online programs offer unique opportunities to collaborate with faculty, peers and advisors in a supportive virtual learning environment.
Medical Coding Jobs
Medical coders work behind the scenes in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, medical offices, urgent care facilities, nursing homes, clinics — anywhere that provides medical services. Some insurance agencies, and even law firms, also employ medical coders to verify the accuracy of incoming claims and help identify billing fraud.
As the demand for health services continues to increase, so does the need for skilled medical coding professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow 8% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Medical coding salary
Medical records and health information technicians earn an average of $42,630 per year. In Alaska, median annual earnings for this same occupation are $58,000.*
* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Medical Coding Education Requirements
In addition to focused job training in medical coding, this 15-credit occupational endorsement program includes classes in computer business applications, medical terminology and human diseases.
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