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How will your medical coding education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a medical coding certificate at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 568 brick and mortar medical coding schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had medical coding programs were:

  1. Drexel University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. Mercyhurst College - located in Erie, Pennsylvania
  3. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, Alaska

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 16,613 students graduated with certificates in medical coding. Of these students, 15,345 received certifications in medical coding and 1,268 received an undergraduate degree in medical coding.

Academics

Students can pursue education in medical coding at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Medical Coding
  • Bachelor's Degree in Medical Coding
  • Certificate in Medical Coding

During the course of their medical coding education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clerical
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Computer Skills
  • Medical Terminology

Cost

The average tuition at medical coding schools around the nation was $15,468 per year in 2010. The medical coding schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Drexel University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $31,835
  2. Mercyhurst College - located in Erie, Pennsylvania, students paid $24,351
  3. Penn Commercial Business/Technical School - located in Washington, Pennsylvania, students paid $20,000

The lowest tuition was charged by the following medical coding schools:

  1. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910
  2. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, Alaska, students paid $5,138
  3. ATA College - located in Louisville, Kentucky, students paid $10,890

How will your medical coding job compare?

A large number of medical coding majors work as medical coders after graduation. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 176,090 medical coders working in the US in 2010. The states with the largest populations of medical coders are:

  1. California - 17,340 Medical Coders
  2. Texas - 14,710 Medical Coders
  3. Florida - 10,880 Medical Coders

Projected Growth

The projected growth for medical coders is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 36%
  2. Georgia - 27%
  3. Texas - 25%

Salary

In the US, a medical coder earns on average $32,027 per year. However, the salary for a medical coder can greatly vary based on factors such as location, experience or seniority. A medical coder in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,680 per year to more than $99,300 per year. On average, a medical coder earns the most in the following states:

  1. New Jersey - $47,050 per year
  2. Washington DC - $43,140 per year
  3. Hawaii - $42,430 per year

On average, a medical coder earns the least in the following states:

  1. Mississippi - $27,230 per year
  2. West Virginia - $27,750 per year
  3. Louisiana - $29,120 per year

 
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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
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Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 176,090 $35,010 9.7%