According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects for Medical Coding Specialists should be very good over the next several years. Medical Coding Specialists are included under the broader category of medical records and health information technicians. BLS projections indicate a 22% increase in employment in this field between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Medical Coding Specialists with a solid understanding of relevant computer software technology, ICD-10 and CPT coding conventions, and certification credentials will be in demand across various healthcare settings. Yearly salaries for Certified Medical Coding Specialists is approximately $28,000, depending upon location and work experience.
For those students who wish to pursue further education, NTCC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, which can be completed within 24 months and in conjunction with the Medical Coding Specialist program. Beyond courses in the Medical Coding certificate program, the Medical Assisting Program curriculum includes further instruction in administrative and clinical skills. Students earning both an AAS in Medical Assisting and a Certificate I in Medical Coding will be more valuable to employers.
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