What does it take to get into medical billing school and what is it like for enrolled students? In this post we’ll look at some of the practicalities of getting your diploma or certificate in medical billing.
What do I need to get into medical billing school?
The admissions requirements for medical billing school depend on the type of program. For many medical billing schools, the only requirement is a high school diploma or a GED. As long as you have one of these things, you can apply and get started as soon as the first class is available. Schools that offer degrees, such as an associate in applied science in medical insurance billing and coding, often have more stringent admissions requirements. You may need to pass a basic placement test for language and math skills or show a certain level of academic achievement before you can enroll.
Beware of medical billing schools that do not have any requirements at all, even for high school diplomas. These are likely to be scams that will not provide you with the education you need. A minimum of a high school diploma is required to become a medical biller, so if don’t yet have a diploma or GED, you should start by getting one.
How long will it take to finish medical billing school?
Most medical billing programs can be completed in about nine to twelve months. How long it will take you will depend on the type of program (for example, some schools offer self-study programs) and how much time you have to devote to your courses. It usually takes about two years to earn an associate’s degree.
When are medical billing classes offered?
Since most medical billing programs are offered through vocational schools or through the continuing education programs of academic institutions, they are designed for mature students who have other time commitments, like full-time jobs. Therefore, many classes take place at night or on weekends. Some schools also offer courses online.
Classes generally begin quarterly, that is in September, January, March or April, and June (for schools that offer summer programs), though some schools may accept rolling enrollments. A standard academic term is 16 weeks long.
What kind of support will I receive?
Colleges and universities, as well as many for-profit institutions, have excellent support services for students, including academic support, financial support, and career placement services. Contact your school to learn what support services are available to you.
If you are looking to start your first career or make a career change, medical billing is an excellent choice. Start by exploring the medical billing programs available in your area and making sure you meet the admissions requirements. Then, all you need to do is work hard in your classes, and the doors will open to a rewarding career.