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Medical Coding Certificate

Labouré's program is 100% online and will prepare you to start a new career in one year.

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Ready to change your career?

Some of the fastest growing careers in healthcare involve working with computers, not patients. Medical coders convert physician's notes and medical records into code for billing and insurance purposes. Certified professionals are in high demand and are able to work in hospitals, doctors' offices, and insurance companies. 

“Medical coders are in critical demand throughout the country. In my hospital, Norwood Hospital, and in our Steward Healthcare System, we are always searching for qualified coders.”  
- Kim Bassett, RN, MSN, MBA, President of Norwood Hospital

Students who complete the Medical Coding Certificate are eligible for a variety of coding credentialing exams with AHIMA and AAPC.

What our students are saying

What are employers saying?

“We are constantly hiring. Health information technology is such a strong field - there are tremendous paths for growth and the field will continue to grow. We will not hire anyone who is not credentialed; good technicians are in demand. This is a great space to be in.”
- Charlie Saponaro
President & CEO, MRA Health Information Services

Meet the Chairperson

Elise Belanger, RHIA is a graduate of Northeastern University's Health Information Administration program and has 40 years of experience in health information technology. She received the Professional Achievement Award from Massachusetts Health Information Association in 2016, and has over 20 years of teaching experience.

Elise is available to answer questions you may have about this program. Contact admissions@laboure.edu if you would like to speak to Elise.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Common Questions:

What is the average salary for a medical coder?

The average yearly salary can range between $44,338 and $89,546, or more depending on education level and part-time or full-time employment.

Are medical coders in demand? Will I be able to find a job?

You have chosen a field that is on an upward trend and will continue to increase in size by 21% through 2024. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Why? By 2030, the number of Americans over 65 will double. That means a huge increase in the workload for healthcare providers, which in turn means more work for medical coders and HIT professionals, like you!

The skills you will learn are in high demand. Today’s healthcare industry relies on digital systems to record key data for medical services, diagnoses, and medical claims. As these transactions get more sophisticated, providers and payers will need certified employees able to accurately input, track, and analyze electronic health data.

Is this program accredited?

Labouré College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Email: cihe@neasc.org

How long is the program?

The medical coding program is designed to be completed in just under one year. However, based on how many courses  you choose to take each semester, the program can be longer. It is flexible to fit your schedule.

How will I communicate with my professors when not on campus?

Many professors find they know their online students better than their face-to-face students because of the social dimension of online learning. Students also find that online classes provide more personalized attention.

You can look forward to dynamic communication between professors and students as daily and weekly classroom and community ties are encouraged within the online environment. Frequent and personal communication, including discussion boards and live “Online Meeting” classes and chats, will create a bond essential to your success. Professors also use weekly announcements and assignment feedback to further ensure access to the professor’s daily presence and availability to support classroom instruction.

 

What if I have never taken an online course? Will I be successful?

If you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are probably prepared to enroll and succeed in an online course. If you cannot respond “Yes” to all of these questions, you may want to consider enrolling in a hybrid course, which is a combination of an online and on-campus traditional course.

1. When you need help, are you comfortable approaching a professor to ask for clarification?

2. Are you comfortable with a self-learning environment?

3. Do you have good time management skills? Will you be able to schedule your time effectively and to stay on task to complete assignments outside of class?

4. Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?

5. Do you have the ability to read and follow written instructions?

6. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) access to the Web at home?

7. Do you have good computing skills including:

  • Using keyboard and mouse
  • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
  • Software installation, security, and virus protection?

8. Do you have strong web browser/Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases?

9. Do you have the ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers?

10. Do you have strong software application skills such as:

  • Using word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel (i.e., Word)
  • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
  • Sending and downloading attachments?

11. Do you have the equipment and software outlined in the section entitled: Student Hardware and Software Requirements?

Who can help me with learning differences, tutoring, advising and career services?

Online students have all the same college-wide support services as on-campus students. The Center for Student Success and Teaching Excellence (The Center) uses live real-time meeting technology tools to provide online students with opportunities to extend and deepen their classroom learning experiences.  You will have real-time access to academic advising, academic coaching (focused on learning strategies), academic tutoring (focused on course content), basic skill strengthening (e.g., focused on Mathematics, Writing, or Critical Reading), career counseling, and/or short-term personal counseling.

The Center also offers specialized assistance to online students with learning differences, including advocacy, learning strategies, and, when appropriate, reasonable accommodations such as extended time on exams, note-taking assistance, enlarged print, and support in accessing digital audio texts, readers, and/or assistive technologies.

Accessible on-campus and online, the Center strives to be a warm and welcoming community of learners dedicated to fostering student growth and success.

 

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