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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for inquiring about Career Coders Online classes.
Below are some frequently asked questions about
Career Coders and the online classes we offer.

HOW DO CAREER CODERS ONLINE CLASSES DIFFER FROM OTHERS AND DEGREE PROGRAMS?

All Career Coders classes are online independent self-study programs. The student can view classes on their own pace and are given up to 4 months to complete the course. Career Coders classes are unique due to detailed audio/video recordings of each class. These classes are practical courses that require the student to actively participate during the class.

Vocational schools are designed to prepare the student to enter the Medical Billing and Coding career field. They are typically degree programs that include classes for accounting, business, computer skills, English, psychology, speech, career marketing, leadership and of course you medical billing/coding with medical terminology and anatomy. These courses may not provide intense training or taught by a instructor that has successfully passed the CPC examination in order to prepare students to be succesful for the examination.  Career Coders does not have admission representatives that work on commission to enroll students. We do not call potential students after inquiries (unless requested by the student). Career Coders educational background is based on 38 years of personal experience in the field and we believe in quality, not quanity of students that attend. 

Career Coders is not a degree program and core classes are removed. We focus only on medical billing, coding, anatomy, medical terminology and prepare the student for the CPC certification examination. Classroom time is approximately 110 hours (not including individual study time).

Anatomy/Medical Terminology can be taken simultaneously with Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding. Due to the intensity of the CPC Certification class, it is recommended study dedicated only to this class. Some employers will require a certification and not a degree in Medical Billing and Coding.

 

WHAT ABOUT QUESTIONS AFTER CLASS OR HELP WITH HOMEWORK?

Career Coders is committed to the success of its students.  You can email Melody Irvine directly for questions or you can speak to her directly at 970-222-1900. Melody is also available evenings and week-ends for phone calls and emails. 

CAN I TAKE MORE THAN ONE CLASS AT A TIME?

Yes.  Some students like to take one class at a time, while others like to take more than one.  It is an individual decision.

HOW LONG ARE THE CLASSES?

Each class is approximately 1–½ hours long. Students are given 4 months to complete each class and recommended to take 1 class per week to finish the courses. 

WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMPLETING A SELF-STUDY PROGRAM?

The person must be self-disciplined to watch and complete each class and course. It is recommended the minimum of 1 class per week .

WHAT CLASS DO YOU OFFER AND WHAT IS THE COST OF YOUR CLASSES

We offer Basic Anatomy and Medical Terminology, Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding and the AAPC CPC Certification Class. Click on this link Class Descriptions for describes of all classes and costs offer by Career Coders.

I HAVE NOT TAKEN AN ONLINE CLASS, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Do not let online classes intimidate you.  Career Coders does everything for you.  You will have one-on-one training on how to navigate around the classroom. Students find the program easy to manuever will no difficulty. 

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE STUDENT?

Students must be self motivated, self-directed and have the desire to achieve self fullfillment to achieve personal goals.  

I HAVE NO MEDICAL BACKGROUND

The Basic Medical Terminology and Anatomy is designed for students entering in the world of coding. Students need to know anatomy and medical terminology to be a successful coder.  The Introduction to Medical Billing/Coding is also a beginners class and no experience is required but do recommend the Basic Anatomy and Medical Terminology class to assit students in assigning proper ICD-10-CM and CPT codes. 

I DID NOT GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL

A high school diploma is not required to attend Career Coders.  To receive your CPC certification, High School diploma or GED is required.

I HAVEN’T BEEN IN SCHOOL FOR MANY YEARS, CAN I DO THIS?

Absolutely!  We make it easy and fun and always available to assist students to be successful.  You are never too old.   

CAN I CONTACT SEVERAL OF YOUR STUDENTS AND TALK WITH THEM?

Yes.  Call or email Career Coders and we will supply you this information.  I encourage potential students to thoroughly check out any school they will be attending.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Click on this link Register Online or on the home page (which can be found under the Register Today tab).  You will also be required to fill out enrollment forms.  Career Coders will email the student after enrollment has been received with instructions to contact us. Once the student has contacted Career Coders they will be instructed how to order books, when payment is due and the enrollment forms will be sent to the student at that time.  Forms must be completed, signed and faxed or sent to Career Coders and payment prior to starting class.  Orientation how to take the class will then be scheduled with the student. Also a reminder to make sure you check your SPAM mail for emails from Career Coders. 

WHEN DO YOUR NEXT CLASSES START?

Click on “Class Schedule” and this will give you the information of all class schedules. All classes are online and can be started soon after enrollment.  After enrollment is completed which includes returning sign enrollment papers, order books and make payment the student will have access to the class. 

ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPUTER SOFTWARE?

To participate in Career Coders Online Classes, you need to have a computer with Internet access (high-speed preferred).  There is no special software required but headphones are recommended to minimize and distractions. 

DO I NEED HEADPHONES?

I feel headphones are important to eliminate any distraction.

WHAT BOOKS ARE REQUIRED FOR EACH CLASS?

Books required are listed under the class description.  Click “Class Descriptions” for this information. 

Basic Anatomy and Medical Terminology class requires the book Exploring Medical Language 7th or 8th Edition by Myrna LaFleur Brooks and can be ordered on line through Amazon or vendor of your choice. 

Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding requires current year books of ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS.  These can be purchased through AAPC at a discounted rate once the student has enrolled.  These books are updated on a yearly basis and classes are based on all current year. 

CPC Certification class requires current year books of ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS and CPC Workbook and Textbook. These can be purchased through AAPC at a discounted rate once the student has enrolled.  These books are updated on a yearly basis and classes are based on all current year.  

Some books such as ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS books will be used for other classes and will not need to be repurchased.  They will only need to be re-purchased is classes overlap from one year to another. 

HOW DO I OBTAIN BOOKS FOR CLASSES?

Click on “Career Coders Bookstore” to order books for classes. This page takes you directly to Amazon to order your books. The books will be shipped directly to the student. Books are listed for each class

CAN I USE MY OWN BOOKS OR BUY A DIFFERENT BRAND?

Yes but all books must be current year books.  You can use other brands i.e.; Optum, AAPC, AMA, etc., however during lectures, pages may be referenced at times. All books may not have the same additional information and typically laided out differently. ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS, guidelines are all the same but some books may have additional information included.  If you are using a different book, it may be harder to follow the directions.  Example:  I may refer to a page number and it may be different in your book than the one I am teaching from. 

WHAT CLASSES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO GET INTO THE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING FIELD?

This depends on the career path you choose.  The following information describes how the class would be useful in your career path.

  • 1st Class. - Medical Terminology and Anatomy is highly recommended to help understand proper coding, some employers require it. No experience is required to enroll in this class.  If student chose to be come CPC Certified they will be tested on medical terminology and anatomy.  
  • 2nd Class - Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding is the class that teaches physician coding of ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS and medical billing. No experience is required with the exception of high recommend anatomy and medical terminology prior to taking this class. 
  • 3rd Class - CPC Certification an advanced class and the student must have a good foundation and knowlege of ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS and billing. This class or anyone that wants to become a CPC coder through The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  The first two classes or knowledge would be required to take this class.

Some of the following classes do have prerequisites.  Click “Class Descriptions,” the class descriptions refer to prerequisites required.

WHAT ARE YOUR INSTRUCTORS QUALIFICATIONS?

Introduction to Medical Billing/Coding and CPC Certification classes are taught by Melody Irvine. Melody is a seasoned medical biller and coder with over 38 years of experience in the field. She has 9 certifications: CPC (Certified Professional Coder), CPMA (Certified Professional Medical Auditor), CEMC – (Certified Evaluation and Management Coder), CFPC (Certified Family Practice Coder), CPB (Certified Professional Billed) CPC-I (Certified Professional Coder/Instructor through AAPC), CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist, Physician Based), CMRS – (Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist) and CMCS (Certified Medical Coding Specialist). The Basic Anatomy and Medical Terminology class is taught by Kate Tierney and you can read her BIO under the “ABOUT” tag and professional staff.

IS YOUR SCHOOL ACCREDITED?

Career Coders is an approved school through Colorado Department of Private and Occupational Schools. We are also a member and in excellent standing of the Northern Colorado Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. The school is bonded to protect the student. Melody is a certified instructor through AAPC.

DO CREDITS FROM CAREER CODERS TRANSFER?

No.  Some schools will accept transcripts from Career Coders as proof of completion.

DO YOU OFFER FINANCIAL AID?

Career Coders is a private school and not a federal school or program that cannot offer diploma or degree programs, therefore we are unable to offer Financial Aid.  Students will need to obtain personal loans.  Career Coders also accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, and DISCOVER.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING FIELD. CAN I TAKE JUST THE CERTIFICATION CLASS?

Yes.  The CPC certification class is not a basic class.  You must have a good coding foundation for this class.  Carerr Coders will interview the student to see if could qualify to waive the Anatomy, Medical Terminology and Introduction class. 

Students will not be permitted to take the CPC class without the basic knowledge needed.  Why? Other schools will let students take the class without these pre-requisites? Student lack of knowledge and experience has proven students are not successful in the CPC Certification class without a good foundation before entering the CPC program.

We have satisfied and happy students because they are well prepared and successful in passing the CPC exam and successful careers.   

DO YOU OFFER AND OTHER CERTIFICATIONS BESIDES THE CPC?

After completion of the Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding, students qualify to take the CMRS or CMCS certification test.  This tests are offered online by American Medical Billing Association and offered as a discount to Career Coders students. 

The CMRS is a certification in billing and the CMCS is a certification in coding.  American Medical Billing Association has been in business for many years and highly recommended by Career Coders.  You can view their website at www.americanmedicalbillingassociation.com  

Click on this link “CMRS Certification” for more inform ation.

IS THE CERTIFICATION A NATIONAL OR STATE CERTIFICATION?

The CPC Certification through American Academy of Professional Coders and the CMRS, CMCS through American Medical Billing Association are national certifications.  No state license is required.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO KEEP MY CREDENTIALS?

Each organization has different requirements for credentials and it will depend on how many credentials you have.  Go to the following websites to answer these questions:

CAN YOU GUARANTEE A JOB AFTER COMPLETION OF YOUR COURSE?

No. First of all, no school can guarantee a job after completion.  After completing the classes students have all the qualifications to get into the field. There are so many factors involved. How do you present yourself or sell yourself at the interview, attitude, dependability, and truthfulness will get you the job. Sometimes it is being at the right place at the right time, knowing someone, etc. If you send out two resumes and expect to get a job, it probably will not happen. It is a competitive world out there, not in just this field but in all fields. I tell students to get in the door, even if it’s not the job you want. Most employers hire from within. If you are determined to find a job, you will. The last class of the Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding prepares our students on resume's, and interviewing.

WHERE DO I START LOOKING FOR JOBS?

Career Coders has a list of employment opportunities on our website. These are newspaper ads or employers that contact Career Coders looking for qualified individuals. Local newspapers are excellent sources or newspapers from towns/cities close to you. Use your computer and book mark all the local towns and cities and watch the employment ads. Other sources are local hospitals, Career Builder and large medical facilities. Some organizations do not advertize in newspaper and you will only find employment information on their websites. Career Coders is also contacted by potential employers looking for coders and this information is sent to all students. 

WHAT KIND OF JOBS COULD I QUALIFY FOR AFTER TAKING YOUR CLASSES?

Receptionist, Referral Specialist, Billing Specialist, Data Entry, Scheduler, Collections Specialist, Patient Representative, and many more.  Everyone calls the same job different names.  Do not look for “Medical Billing and Coding Jobs.”  The types of positions listed above fall under the category of Medical Billing and Coding jobs.

WHAT TYPE OF FACILITIES COULD I WORK AT?

Physician offices, Physical Therapy Offices, Home Health Agencies, Hospice Centers, Out-Patient Facilities, Hospital Billing Departments, Hospital Admissions, Nursing Homes, Independent Billing Companies.  Any company that work with ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes or billing, would hire you with your knowledge base.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY RESUME?

I am more than happy to help my students with their resume.  We also give you access to resume information in the classroom. The last class of Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding dedicates this chapter to resumes and interviewing. 

I HAVE BEEN TOLD MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING IS GOING AWAY?

Anyone that says this is not very familiar with the Medical Billing and Coding field. Can you imagine doctors filling their own claims, working appeals and denials, checking in their own patients for visits, entering all the data, calling for referrals, etc.? 

What is going away is Medical Transcription. Some people get Medical Transcription confused with Medical Coding and Billing and they are two different fields. Before electronic medical records doctors would document their patient encounters by talking through a dictaphone and the medical transcriptist would type up their notes to be placed in the medical records.  Now with new technology of Electronic Medical Records (also nown as EMR's) and the physicians type their own notes in the computer during the patient encounter.   Physicians still need help with coding their claims and filing them however computers cannot replace coders in the workplace.

DO MEDICAL EMPLOYERS REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS?

Yes and No.  Most hospital facilities will run background checks, and more physicians’ organizations are following suit.  If you have been convicted of a felony, it may be difficult to obtain a job in this field.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "BONDED" BY AN EMPLOYER?

Employers may ask if you are “Bondable."  Employers bond (insure) employees to protect the employer from losses of theft or damage.  Again, they are looking for any felonies, theft convictions, embezzlements, etc.  If you are not bondable, you may not be employable.

CAN I EXPECT TO WORK FROM HOME AFTER TAKING THIS CLASS?

It is possible to work from home but do not count on it, especially just starting in the field. Employers want to get to know you, your work ethic, etc before they would ever let someone work from home.  This could be a 2 year process and HIPAA rules and regulations have made a difference with people working at home.  I believe in being honest with people.  If a company claims that if you take their course, you can work from home, I would be skeptical.  If a company tried to sell you software to work from your home, it is a scam.  Be very careful of these tactics.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND CAREER CODERS?

I would hope that you would attend my school because we not only offer high quality programs but we also offer high quality instructors that have been in the field, understand the field, and deliver a superior academic program.
 
We do not want just anyone attending our school.  We want only those students that are dedicated to making a positive change in their career, have a positive attitude and want to make a difference.  If you want a quality education, you have come to the right place.   
 
Not only do we want successful students but we continue to mentor and assist students with their career after completion of classes. 

WILL I LEARN HOSPITAL CODING IN THIS CLASS?

This class we teaching physician coding and not hospital coding. Hopsital coding is different and they focus on ICD-10-PCS which in inpatient coding for procedures. Physicians use ICD-10-CM and CPT to describe services they perform and the patient diagnosis. 

WHAT IS THE PAY RANGE FOR MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING?

This is a very difficult question to answer because it will depend on several things.  Your geographical location and size of practice.  Example:  A person in New York City will make more money than a person in the mid-west. 

What is really important to remember is sometimes we have to start at the bottom and work our way up.  It may not be the job we are hoping for but get your foot in the door where ever you can because may employers hire from within. 

I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY AND ANATOMY, DO I HAVE TO TAKE IT AGAIN?

No there are no requirements that you must take my anatomy and medical terminology class.  You can sign a waiver to say you have already taken this class and OPT out of it.  Fair warning that if you choose to sit for the CPC Examination, you will be tested on terminology and anatomy. 

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR HOMEWORK AND CLASS QUESTIONS?

We take pride in being available for questions 7 days a week.  Melody is available 7 days a week; daytime, evenings and week-ends.  Questions can be asked by email, text or calling Melody directly.  All students have her personal cell phone to call and nevered answered by anyone else but her.  

Some organizations you can only ask questions by email, which may take days to get any answer or phone calls that are not available on week-ends or evenings.  We know students often work on week-ends and want to be available to answer those questions and not feel frustrated. 

HOW AND WHEN CAN I CONTACT CAREER CODERS?

Please feel free to contact Melody by phone 970-222-1900 or email at MelodyIrvine@CareerCoders.com during the day, evening or week-ends.  If she is unavailable by phone leave a message and she will call you back.  

Melody does answer emails within 24 hours therefore if you don't find a response from Career Coders, check your SPAM inbox.   


Melody Irvine, President of Career Coders

Dedicated to making positive changes in your life and career.