High School Medical Billing and Coding Programs
A rewarding career starts in high school.
Every child deserves an education designed to build success beyond high school. And what better way to set your teen up for success than to enroll them in a high school that boasts a rich career readiness education?
Tuition-free* K12-powered Destinations Career Academies provide an online option that combines traditional academics with career-focused electives. Many Destinations schools offer Medical Billing and Medical Coding Programs.
What do medical billers and coders do?
People who complete a medical billing or medical coding career path learn how to organize and manage health information data. Medical billers and coders are involved in the reimbursement cycle, which ensures that health care providers are paid for the services they perform.
Medical Coding Career Path
Medical coders take something that's written as a doctor's diagnosis, for example, or a prescription for a certain medication and translate it into a numeric or alphanumeric code. Each injury, diagnosis, and medical procedure has a corresponding code. Once the medical coder has finished entering the appropriate codes into a software program, it then goes to a medical biller.
Medical Billing Career Path
Medical billers use the information from the medical coder to create a claim for the insurance company. The insurance company evaluates and returns the claim. The biller then uses the returned claim to figure out how much the patient owes and creates a bill for the patient.
What will my student learn in the medical billing and coding program?
The Destinations medical billing and coding program introduces students to the skills and knowledge they'll need to forge a career in the health care field. In addition to traditional high school academic courses, students take a progression of electives, including:
- Healthcare Explorations (project based learning)
- Health Science II
- Introduction to Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
- Essentials of Health Information Management
- Medical Coding 1 and 2
Check out sample lessons in the high school curriculum and discover the benefits of project based learning.
What certification exam can my student prepare for in the medical billing and coding program?
An industry-recognized certification can give your student a leg up on the competition. Destinations courses help prepare students in the medical billing and coding career path to take the following certification exam upon graduation:†
- The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Exam
What is the outlook for medical billers and coders?‡
This field is expected to add 23,100 new jobs by 2028.
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*Families do not pay tuition for a student to attend an online public school. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
**Career fields and pathways vary by school. Check with your school for its current offerings.
†Students who attend a Destination Career Academy for at least two years will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be prepared for certification testing.
‡Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019. This job may require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.