How to Become a Certified Coding Specialist

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Become a professional certified coding specialist to gain employment in the medical environment. Clinics, hospitals, doctor's offices and medical insurance departments are in need of detail-oriented, experienced coders. A home office may also allow you to develop your own business as an independent contractor. Remain informed with current information and retain your expertise by renewing your certification annually.

  • Gain knowledge in medical terminology, transcription, diagnostic and procedural coding, patient billing and collections, health information laws and insurance by taking courses online to become a certified coding specialist. Locate an accredited university or college that offers courses online.

  • Research all information, especially the frequently asked questions section, before contacting the school. The actual list of course studies and financial requirements are often found on the website for you to view. Get information from at least three universities before enrolling.

  • Work in a medical environment, such as a doctor's office or clinic, while studying to obtain your certification. Studying online allows you this advantage. Experience while working in a medical environment will enable you to be familiar with reading charts, classifying medical data, diagnosis and pharmacology.

  • Combine hands-on experience and the completed the online coding specialist courses. This will qualify you to take the certification exam.

  • Prepare for the exam by previewing study guides that are available for practice tests upon the completion of the course. Become a credentialed professional when you have passed the Certified Coding Specialist exam.

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  • Become a member of a professional coders' organization.

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