Lakewood University

Medical Coding Certificate

Program Highlights
  • 16 Week Program
  • Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • Books Included in Tuition
Overview

This program teaches the fundamental medical coding skills for professional services (physicians, mid-level providers, etc) and prepares the student to take American Academy of Professional Coders™ (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder exam.

The program is designed to be completed in 16 weeks. The program covers CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10-CM coding. Lakewood University teaches broad knowledge in reviewing and assigning the correct procedure and diagnosis codes for professional (physician) services.

Seek employment in various areas including medical offices, hospitals, clearinghouses, or insurance agencies as a Medical Coding Specialist! Medical coders review patient information for preexisting conditions, retrieve patient records for medical personnel, and work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices.

Lakewood University’s Medical Coding program will provide knowledge-based training and instruction on medical billing practices, electronic health records (EHR) data keeping, and insurance policies. You will learn Current Procedural Terminology and how to navigate through different types of coding systems.

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Program Outcomes
  • Describe the difference between Medicare Part A, B, C, and D
  • Locate and translate regulatory rules and regulations as they apply to medical billing and coding
  • Describe the structure of an ICD-10-CM code
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate the layout of the ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS manuals
  • Describe the layout and guidelines of the ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS manuals
  • Illustrate ability to abstract diagnostic statements from the medical record and differentiate between main and modifying terms and subterms in the coding manuals.
  • Choose diagnoses and procedures using the ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS manuals, following chapter-specific guidelines.
  • Recognize the structure of an ICD-10-CM code.
Program Outline
What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Medical Coding Program. You will receive:

  • Comprehensive Medical Coding textbooks & study guides
  • Career search & time management guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Instructor guidance and unlimited tutoring
  • Your own Student Success Coach!
  • Access to our online library!
  • Networking with Lakewood’s active student and alumni social community
Career Outlook

Across American Academy of Professional Coders™ (AAPC) membership, medical coders (certified and non-certified) earn an average salary of $54,890, up 5.8% from last year’s average salary of $51,889. Medical coders without certification earn approximately $42,015 per year while certified professional coders on average earn $55,923 annually—33% more than their non-certified colleagues. This calculation includes all certifications attained through AAPC, AHIMA, and other organizations. The average salary solely for AAPC-certified professionals is 8.7% higher.

Pay continues to climb for medical coding certification. The salary for health information technicians with two credentials rises to an average of $64,890. Billing and coding specialists with three or more credentials earn approximately $70,608 per year.

Program Cost
Payment Plan Total Tuition Enroll
Pay in full
Payment in full: $6,400.00
Tuition: $6,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams and instructional support at no cost to the student.

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term

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