Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Programs

Ready to pursue a future in the medical billing and coding field? As a medical biller or coder, you'll help make sure that patients receive high quality care, billing is performed correctly, patient privacy is protected, and care facilities receive accurate data from each procedure.

If you’re interested in a career in medical billing and coding, you probably have some questions. To help you better understand this profession, here are some medical billing and coding FAQs, that can help you dive deeper into the industry.

Medical Billing and Coding FAQs

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Are medical billing and coding certificates offered at DeVry?

Yes. At DeVry, we offer two undergraduate medical billing and coding certificate programs:

  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Billing and Coding – Health Information Coding

Undergraduate certificates can be a great way to build a foundation of knowledge and skills in medical billing and coding – as well as a great addition to your resume. Plus, our online Medical Billing and Coding certificate can be earned in as few as 10 courses.1

Despite the similar name, an undergraduate certificate is not to be confused with a medical billing and coding certification. Certifications are granted by independent professional organizations to individuals who meet certain education requirements and pass a certification exam. Our medical billing and coding certificate programs can help prepare you for the CCA, CCS and CPC certification exams.


Will a certificate in medical billing and coding provide me with the skills I need to start a career in the medical billing industry?

Earning a medical billing and coding certificate can help you develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the medical billing and coding industry. At DeVry, our Medical Billing and Coding Certificate programs can help you prepare to pursue entry-level coding positions with coursework that prepares you for industry certification exams.


What are the requirements for enrolling in a medical billing and coding program at DeVry?

To enroll in a medical billing and coding program at DeVry, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Aside from meeting our standard admissions requirements , there are no prerequisites or additional requirements to enroll in these programs.


What can I expect from an online certificate program in medical billing and coding?

We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to your medical billing and coding training. That's why at DeVry, we've made our program as accessible and thorough as possible.

To ensure that our students have everything they need to prepare themselves for a future in medical billing and coding, we provide the following benefits and more:

  • Hands-on experience with real medical records through a web-based learning platform designed to encourage you to see the holistic nature of healthcare.
  • Built-in exam prep for the CPC, CCS or CCA industry certification exams.
  • Career services support to help you build your resume and begin your job search.
  • Stackable program options to help you pursue future degrees and certificates.2
  • Flexible online classes that enable you to pursue your certificate at your own pace.

Are the Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificates accredited by any independent organizations?

DeVry is proud to be accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. This accreditation signifies that we meet the standards of quality required by the HLC.


Does an online Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program offer flexibility to suit my schedule?

Our Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificate programs are offered online, allowing you to study when and where it works best for you. With classes starting every 8 weeks, you can tailor your schedule to fit your life.


How much does a medical billing and coding program cost at DeVry?

The cost of a medical billing and coding program at DeVry varies based on the number of credit hours required for your chosen program. To learn more about our current tuition and fees, head over to our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Many students qualify for some form of financial aid*, and many also come into the program with qualifying transfer credits from another institution. Qualifying transfer credits reduce the total cost of the program by eliminating the need to take certain courses and can even enable you to earn your degree faster. You may also qualify for grants and scholarships which may help you pay for your education.

* Available to those who apply and qualify.


What are my options for financing an online certificate in medical billing and coding?

Our student support advisors directly work with you to help develop a plan that works for your financial situation. These plans may include options like financial aid, scholarships and grants, such as our Opportunity Grant. Some students may also qualify for corporate tuition savings, work-study programs, state and federal grant programs and student loans3.


What is included in the cost of the program?

A lot! Courses, textbooks, course materials and career guidance are all included in the cost of your program. You’ll also receive access to:

  • 24/7 tutoring4
  • One-on-one faculty guidance
  • E-library access
  • DeVry's mobile app
  • StudentLinc Student Assistance Program
  • Career services and support
  • A student community powered by Get Set

Each of these benefits are available to you 24/7 at no additional charge. Our medical billing and coding program tuition also includes the cost of your first certification exam.5


What types of careers can a medical billing and coding program prepare me for?

Our medical billing and coding programs can help you develop critical skills that you’ll need to be prepared for a variety of healthcare related careers. Depending on the program you choose, here are a few of the roles you might consider:

  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
  • Claims Coding Specialist
  • Health Information Technologist 
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician

For additional information about each of these careers and their requirements, check out our page about medical billing and coding careers.


Is the demand for medical billing and coding specialists expected to increase in the future?

Yes! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical billing and coding field is expected to grow on a national level by 9% between 2020 and 2030.6 They project that there will be 37,100 new job openings in the medical billing and coding field.


What do medical billers and medical coders typically do?

Medical billers and coders assign codes to the procedures, products, diagnoses and treatments provided to patients while at a healthcare facility. Depending on the specific role, a medical billing and coding professional may perform some combination of the following:

  • Identifying and assigning the proper codes to the services and treatments received by a patient.
  • Submitting claims to insurance companies.
  • Correcting rejected claims sent back by insurance companies or the government.
  • Ensuring that medical records correctly reflect the care that patients received while at their healthcare facility.
  • Providing the correct parties access to a patient's medical records.
  • Maintaining patient privacy by protecting medical records.

Which skills are essential for success in the medical billing and coding industry?

In addition to the skills you can obtain from coursework (such as medical coding knowledge, technical expertise and specific software skills), an effective medical billing and coding professional will likely need:

  • Keen attention to detail
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Proficiency in basic math
  • Familiarity with medical terms
  • Effective computer software skills

How long do medical billing and coding courses take to complete?

Courses in our medical billing and coding program at DeVry take place on a convenient 8-week schedule. You can earn your certificate in as little as 10 months* through our 10 course undergraduate Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program1.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment


Are there benefits to earning medical billing and coding certifications in addition to completing the certificate programs?

Yes! Many medical billing and coding positions often require applicants to have an industry certification in addition to undergraduate education in a relevant field. In the event that your preferred job does not require a certification for employment, having one may help you stand out from other applicants.


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1The Health Information Coding (HIC) specialization requires 13 courses to complete, not considering any qualifying transfer credits. Additional program information may be found here.
2At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
3Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who apply and qualify. Students may participate in only one DeVry University-based scholarship, grant or group tuition benefit program at a time. Those who qualify for more than one program will be presumed to accept the program with the highest reduction in by- session cost. Students who qualify for and prefer a different tuition benefit program must confirm, in writing, the alternate program in which they wish to participate prior to starting classes at DeVry. Scholarship and grant terms and eligibility conditions are subject to change. Scholarships are available to those who apply and qualify. Click here(link to scholarship page) for more information.
4Each student is allotted 13 hours of tutoring per academic session through www.Tutor.com (available 24/7). Additional tutoring services are also available through www.DeVryTutors.com
5Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt. 
6Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-1