Medical Coding Certification

Author: Kent Pinkerton


Careers in medical fields are full of responsibilities, and dexterity in the specialized line of medical affairs is important. As time goes by, a career in the medical profession becomes more of a challenge, adventure and competition.

A medical career is often the most admired career of the world. A medical career is humanitarian, noble and is undoubtedly holds a very bright future for those who are after it. In terms of money, this field is promising. But in order to get into the medical arena, one has to have the patience and spend time in places like medical school, learning human anatomy and biology. The medical world has become a hive of inventions, discoveries and knowledge, based on up-to-date awareness. Therefore, it requires more knowledge to get established as a professional.

In recent days the coding industry offers many career opportunities to those who have certificates in coding. Starting from physician's offices and hospitals to healthcare plans, medical coding certification finds its way into the industry. There are a few organizations that provide certificates in medical coding. One of them is the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), which has provided over 50,000 certified medical coders with proper certification. Broadly, there are three types of certificates issued by most of the organizations in the field of medical coding. They are:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and
  • Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P)

Other providers of such certificates are the University of Phoenix, Boston University, Center for Professional Education, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts -U Mass Online, Netcom Information Technology, Sacramento State University, Northern Illinois University and many others.

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