Beginning a program of study in medical billing and coding opens up an entirely new career path. If you have considered a career in the healthcare industry, billing and coding may be a great option. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As healthcare industry standards and regulations become more and more complex, the need for certified coders grows dramatically. Formal education you receive in the field can be invaluable in both finding and retaining employment.
Pursuing higher education can present challenges, but for those who work full-time or have family commitments, finding the time can seem impossible. Online courses offer several benefits over traditional learning environments for today's working adult.
Taking courses online means you don't have to set aside an exact time period every week for your courses. You do need to set aside the same number of hours to study, but you can do it around your schedule.
Plus, many professors teaching online courses understand the needs of their students and may be willing to work with you on scheduling conflicts and assignment due dates.
Online Education Versus Traditional
Online programs offer many of the same learning tools as traditional time in a classroom. Professors communicate using email, conference calls, discussion boards, video chat and recorded lectures. This means you get the same interaction you would in a classroom but at a time that is convenient for you.
No more worrying about getting to class during a storm or dragging yourself into school when sick. Online courses for your medical billing and coding certification allow you to learn on your own schedule, from the comfort of your own home.
Originally published: November 17, 2015
Updated: December 13, 2016