How do I get Medical Coding Training?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 26 January 2019
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Medical coding training programs are typically less than one year in length and provide the skills necessary to work in the health services industry. This type of training is available from a range of community, career, and online schools. Upon graduation, candidates can find employment opportunities in the insurance industry, government agencies, hospitals, and other medical professional offices. In addition to determining the appropriate type of school, consider the following three items when looking for medical coding training: skilled instructors, certification, and practice opportunities.

The three different types of schools that offer medical coding training are designed to meet the needs of people who want to explore this career. Community college training programs typically have fixed start dates, slightly higher tuition, and strict standard compliance. In addition to higher fees, they also provide an array of student services, such as counseling, career assistance, library and fitness center access, and other support services.

Career colleges have continuous intake, shorter programs, and a mature student community. The training is very focused, with limited general interest course offerings. Students services may be limited to career assistance and high-level career counseling. Online schools provide access to the course materials and connection to an instructor. Students are expected to be self motivated and focused. There are limited student services available with this type of school.


Skilled instructors are essential when selecting medical coding training. The instructors should have extensive experience in medical coding, computer software analysis and usage, as well as academic credentials in adult education. Don’t be afraid to ask the school for a biography of the course instructors. If it is unwilling to provide this information, use caution and investigate further before paying your tuition.

Certification upon completion of your medical coding training program will help you secure employment in this field. Talk to the school about the type of certification it offers and contact local employers to ask what type of certification they prefer. This information is important, as certification from a recognized association has additional value, while a non-recognized certificate may not necessarily assist you in your job search.

Medical coding training should include ample opportunities to practice your skills. The only way to increase both speed and accuracy, as is required in this position, is through practice. Ask about after-hours access to the computer lab or library. Explore connecting to the school’s computer network from home, so you can practice while doing your homework. Reconsider any training program that is unable to provide practice time to students.



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