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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for inquiring about Career Coders Online classes.
Below are some frequently asked questions about
Career Coders and the online classes we offer.

HOW DO CAREER CODERS ONLINE CLASSES DIFFER FROM OTHERS AND DEGREE PROGRAMS?

All Career Coders classes are online independent self-study programs. The student can view classes on their own pace and are given up to 4 months to complete the course. Career Coders classes are unique due to detailed audio/video recordings of each class. These classes are practical courses that require the student to actively participate during the class.

Vocational schools are designed to prepare the student to enter the Medical Billing and Coding career field. They are typically degree programs that include classes for accounting, business, computer skills, English, psychology, speech, career marketing, leadership and of course you medical billing/coding with medical terminology and anatomy. These courses typically do not provide intense training and preparation that is needed for the CPC certification examination.

Career Coders is not a degree program and core classes are removed. We focus only on medical billing, coding, anatomy, medical terminology and prepare the student for the CPC certification examination. Classroom time is approximately 110 hours (not including individual study time).

Anatomy/Medical Terminology can be taken simultaneously with Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding. Due to the intensity of the CPC Certification class, it is recommended study dedicated only to this class. Some employers will require a certification and not a degree in Medical Billing and Coding.

Unlike many major schools, we do not have admission representatives that work on commission to attend our school. Career Coders will not call you because of your interest in our school (unless requested by the student). We do not want students to feel forced to make an educated decision to attend our school. We only want students that WANT to attend our school.

WHAT ABOUT QUESTIONS AFTER CLASS OR HELP WITH HOMEWORK?

Career Coders is committed to the success of its students.  You can email instructors directly for questions and you can speak to them one-on-one via a phone call.

CAN I TAKE MORE THAN ONE CLASS AT A TIME?

Yes.  Some students like to take one class at a time, while others like to take more than one.  It is an individual decision.

HOW LONG ARE THE CLASSES?

Each class is approximately 1–½ hours long.

WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMPLETING A SELF-STUDY PROGRAM?

The person must be self-disciplined to watch and complete each class and course. I recommend 1 to 2 classes per week.

WHAT CLASS DO YOU OFFER AND WHAT IS THE COST OF YOUR CLASSES

Class Descriptions describes all classes offer by Career Coders and the cost of each class.

I HAVE NEVER TAKEN AN ONLINE CLASS

Do not let it intimidate you.  Career Coders does everything for you.  You will have one-on-one training on how to navigate around the classroom.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE STUDENT?

You must be motivated, self-directed and have a positive attitude.  If you get behind in class, it is difficult to catch-up.  The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

I DO NOT HAVE ANY MEDICAL BACKGROUND

The Introduction to Medical Billing/Coding does not have any prerequisites for the class and no medical background is required to start in this field.

I DID NOT GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL

A high school diploma is not required to attend Career Coders.  To receive your certification, High School diploma or GED is required.

I HAVEN’T BEEN IN SCHOOL FOR MANY YEARS, CAN I DO THIS?

Absolutely!  We make it easy and fun.  We are here to help you be successful.  You are never too old.  You have made the first step by looking into a new career.

CAN I CONTACT SEVERAL OF YOUR STUDENTS AND TALK WITH THEM?

Yes.  Call or email Career Coders and we will supply you this information.  I encourage potential students to thoroughly check out any school they will be attending.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Click on Register Online (which can be found under the Register Today tab).  You will also be required to fill out Forms depending on the class you are signing up for. They must be completed, signed and faxed or sent to Career Coders. Applications must be received at Career Coders at least 1 week before the start of a class.

WHEN DO YOUR NEXT CLASSES START?

Click on “Class Schedule” and this will give you the information of all class schedules.

WHAT TO I EXPECT AFTER PAPERWORK AND DEPOSITS HAVE BEEN MADE?

You will receive confirmation of paperwork and payments, along with the following information:  Confirmation that your paperwork has been received; orientation date; and book requirements.

ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPUTER SOFTWARE?

To participate in Career Coders Online Classes, you need to have a computer with Internet access (high-speed preferred).  There is no special software required but a webcam and microphone is recommended.

DO I NEED HEADPHONES?

I feel headphones are important to eliminate any distraction.

WHAT BOOKS ARE REQUIRED FOR EACH CLASS?

Books required are listed under the class description.  Click “Class Descriptions” for this information.  Some books will be used for other classes and will not need to be repurchased such:  ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS books.

HOW DO I OBTAIN BOOKS FOR CLASSES?

Click on “Career Coders Bookstore” to order books for classes. This page takes you directly to Amazon to order your books. The books will be shipped directly to the student. Books are listed for each class

CAN I USE MY OWN BOOKS OR BUY A DIFFERENT BRAND?

All books must be current year books.  You can use other brands i.e.; Ingenix, AAPC, etc., however during lectures, pages may be referenced at times.  If you are using a different book, it may be harder to follow the directions.

WHAT CLASSES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO GET INTO THE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING FIELD?

This depends on the career path you choose.  The following information describes how the class would be useful in the field.

  • Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding is the main class you will need to enter into the field.
  • Medical Terminology and Anatomy is recommended to help understand proper coding, some employers require it.  It is required for CPC Testing.
  • CPC Certification is for anyone that wants to become a Certified Coder through The American Academy of Professional Coders.  The first two classes or knowledge would be required to take this class.

Some of the following classes do have prerequisites.  Click “Class Descriptions,” the class descriptions refer to prerequisites required.

WHAT ARE YOUR INSTRUCTORS QUALIFICATIONS?

Most classes are taught by Melody Irvine. Melody is a seasoned medical biller and coder with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has 7 certifications: CPC (Certified Professional Coder), CPMA (Certified Professional Medical Auditor), CEMC – (Certified Evaluation and Management Coder), CFPC (Certified Family Practice Coder), CPC-I (Certified Professional Coder/Instructor through AAPC), CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist, Physician Based), CMRS – (Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist). The Basic Anatomy and Medical Terminology class is taught by Kate Tierney and you can read her BIO under the “ABOUT” tag and professional staff.

IS YOUR SCHOOL ACCREDITED?

Career Coders is an approved school through Colorado Department of Private and Occupational Schools. We are also a member and in excellent standing of the Northern Colorado Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. The school is bonded to protect the student.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAREER CODERS AND A DEGREE PROGRAM?

Vocational schools are designed to prepare the student to enter the Medical Billing and Coding career field.  They are typically degree programs that include classes for accounting, business, computer skills, English, psychology, speech, career marketing, leadership and of course you medical billing/coding with medical terminology and anatomy.  These courses typically do not provide intense training and preparation that is needed for the CPC certification examination.

Career Coders is not a degree program and core classes are removed.  We focus only on medical billing, coding, anatomy, medical terminology and prepares the student for CPC certification examination.  Class room time is approximately 110 hours (not including individual study time).

DO CREDITS FROM CAREER CODERS TRANSFER?

No.  Some schools will accept transcripts from Career Coders as proof of completion.

DO YOU OFFER FINANCIAL AID?

Career Coders does not offer diploma or degree programs, therefore we are unable to offer Financial Aid.  Students will need to obtain personal loans.  Career Coders also accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, and DISCOVER.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING FIELD. CAN I TAKE JUST THE CERTIFICATION CLASS?

Yes.  The CPC certification class is not a basic class.  You must have a good coding foundation for this class.  Take the pre-exam for the certification course to test your knowledge.

DO YOU OFFER AND OTHER CERTIFICATIONS BESIDES THE CPC?

After completion of the Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding, students qualify to take the CMRS certification test.  This test is offered online by American Medical Billing Association and offered as a discount to Career Coders students.  Click on “CMRS Certification” for more information.

IS THE CERTIFICATION A NATIONAL OR STATE CERTIFICATION?

Both the CPC Certification through American Academy of Professional Coders and the CMRS through American Medical Billing Association are national certifications.  No state license is required.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO KEEP MY CREDENTIALS?

Each organization has different requirements for credentials and it will depend on how many credentials you have.  Go to the following websites to answer these questions:

CAN YOU GUARANTEE A JOB AFTER COMPLETION OF YOUR COURSE?

No. First of all, no school can guarantee a job after completion. This is what I tell students; getting a job is totally up to you. You have all the qualifications to get into the field. How do you present and sell yourself at the interview, attitude, dependability, ethics, and truthfulness will get you the job. Sometimes it is being at the right place at the right time, knowing someone, etc. If you send out two resumes and expect to get a job, it probably will not happen. It is a competitive world out there, not in just this field but in all fields. I tell students to get in the door, even if it’s not the job you want. Most employers hire from within. If you are determined to find a job, you will. It is up to you.

WHERE DO I START LOOKING FOR JOBS?

Career Coders has a list of employment opportunities on our website. These are newspaper ads or employers that contact Career Coders looking for qualified individuals. Local newspapers are excellent sources or newspapers from towns/cities close to you. Use your computer and book mark all the local towns and cities and watch the employment ads. Other sources are Craigs List, local hospitals, Career Builder and large medical facilities. Some organizations do not advertize in newspaper and you will only find employment information on their websites. Other sources are local hospitals, Career Builder and large medical facilities. Some organizations do not advertise in newspaper and you will only find employment information on their websites.

WHAT KIND OF JOBS COULD I QUALIFY FOR AFTER TAKING YOUR CLASSES?

Receptionist, Referral Specialist, Billing Specialist, Data Entry, Scheduler, Collections Specialist, Patient Representative, and many more.  Everyone calls the same job different names.  Do not look for “Medical Billing and Coding Jobs.”  The types of positions listed above fall under the category of Medical Billing and Coding jobs.

WHAT TYPE OF FACILITIES COULD I WORK AT?

Physician offices, Physical Therapy Offices, Home Health Agencies, Hospice Centers, Out-Patient Facilities, Hospital Billing Departments, Hospital Admissions, Nursing Homes, Independent Billing Companies.  Any company that work with ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes would hire you with your knowledge base.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY RESUME?

I am more than happy to help my students with their resume.  We also give you access to resume information in the classroom.

I HAVE BEEN TOLD MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING IS GOING AWAY?

Anyone that says this is not very familiar with the Medical Billing and Coding field. Can you imagine doctors filling their own claims, working appeals and denials, checking in their own patients for visits, entering all the data, calling for referrals, etc.? I hope this answered your question. What is going away is Medical Transcription. Many people confuse Medical Billing and Coding with Medical Transcription. They are two different fields. Electronic Medical Records will not eliminate jobs either. Computers cannot replace coders in the workplace.

DO MEDICAL EMPLOYERS REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS?

Yes and No.  Most hospital facilities will run background checks, and more physicians’ organizations are following suit.  If you have been convicted of a felony, it may be difficult to obtain a job in this field.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "BONDED" BY AN EMPLOYER?

Employers may ask if you are “Bondable."  Employers bond (insure) employees to protect the employer from losses of theft or damage.  Again, they are looking for any felonies, theft convictions, embezzlements, etc.  If you are not bondable, you may not be employable.

CAN I EXPECT TO WORK FROM HOME AFTER TAKING THIS CLASS?

It is possible to work from home but do not count on it, especially just starting in the field. Employers want to get to know you, your work ethic, etc before they would ever let someone work from home.  Also, HIPAA rules and regulations have made a difference with people working at home.  I believe in being honest with people.  If a company claims that if you take their course, you can work from home, I would be skeptical.  If a company tried to sell you software to work from your home, it is a scam.  Be very careful of these tactics.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND CAREER CODERS?

I would hope that you would attend my school because we not only offer high quality programs but we also offer high quality instructors that have been in the field, understand the field, and deliver a superior academic program.
 
We do not want just anyone attending our school.  We want only those students that are dedicated to making a positive change in their career, have a positive attitude and want to make a difference.  If you want a quality education, you have come to the right place.   
 
If my students are successful, I am successful, and successful students are happy students.

WILL I LEARN HOSPITAL CODING IN THIS CLASS?

This class we teaching physician coding and not hospital coding. Hopsital coding is different and they focus on ICD-10-PCS which in inpatient coding for procedures. Physicians use ICD-10-CM and CPT to describe services they perform and the patient diagnosis. 

WHAT IS THE PAY RANGE FOR MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING?

This is a very difficult question to answer because it will depend on several things.  Your geographical location and size of practice.  Example:  A person in New York City will make more money than a person in the mid-west. 

I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY AND ANATOMY, DO I HAVE TO TAKE IT AGAIN?

No there are no requirements that you must take my anatomy and medical terminology class.  You can sign a waiver to say you have already taken this class and OPT out of it.  Fair warning that if you choose to sit for the CPC Examination, you will be tested on terminology and anatomy. 


Melody Irvine, President of Career Coders

Dedicated to making positive changes in your life and career.