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Medical Billing and Coding


Medical Billing and Coding

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$25,070 to $62,840*
Tuition and fees:
$16,750 to $17,250
Program length:
36 weeks

Ever-changing medical technology and our aging population means that the health care industry is on track to expand at a more rapid rate than the average for all occupations through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.* This growth has led to increased employment needs.

If you prefer a behind-the-scenes role, medical billing and coding might be a good opportunity for you. Your contact with patients will be minimal, but your role in their experience is vital. This specialty focuses on administrative reporting. Health insurance companies, courts, regulators and consumers carefully analyze patient records, bringing well-qualified administrative support into particularly high demand.* At Brightwood Career Institute, you could develop the skills required to seek entry-level employment in this field.

Earn Your Medical Billing and Coding Diploma

The Medical Billing and Coding diploma program can equip you with the knowledge and technical skills employers in health care services are seeking. Instruction covers topics like:

  • Medical terminology and medical office management
  • Anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology
  • Insurance billing
  • Data information processing
  • Medical billing, coding, and terminology

Real-World Externship Experience

You will be required to complete a medical billing and coding externship prior to graduation from Brightwood Career Institute. The objective is to gain experience in a real-world work situation. During your externship, professional health care practitioners will supervise you as you practice assigning ICD-9 and CPT codes to patient medical files, insurance claims and other documentation.

Medical Billing and Coding Career Opportunities

After you fulfill the program requirements, you will receive a Medical Billing and Coding diploma, which allows you to seek entry-level employment in the health care industry. Potential employers include:

  • Insurance and medical billing companies
  • Doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals
  • Home health agencies and nursing homes
  • Medical group practices
Campus-Specific Consumer Information

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $38,040 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,840. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at (visited September 08, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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