2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Medical Billing & Coding Programs

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The nineteen colleges included in this list offer programs in medical coding and billing at tuitions averaging approximately $12,000 or less per year. Ranked most affordable is Santa Barbara City College, offering a Medical Coding Specialist certificate at an average annual tuition of $896. Holmes Community College made second place on our list, offering its associate degree at an average annual cost of $2,210. Many schools offer certificate programs in this field, while just a few offer associate degrees at comparable prices.

All ranked schools were required to offer an online medical billing and coding program at the certificate level or higher. A full methodology can be viewed here.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Medical Billing Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Santa Barbara City College Annual Tuition $896 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#2 #2 Holmes Community College Annual Tuition $2,210 Medical Billing Degrees: Associate
#3 #3 Darton State College Annual Tuition $2,750 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#4 #4 Lakeshore Technical College Annual Tuition $3,614 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#5 #5 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Annual Tuition $4,000 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#6 #6 Columbus State Community College Annual Tuition $4,243 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#7 #7 Fayetteville Technical Community College Annual Tuition $4,556 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#8 #8 Herkimer County Community College Annual Tuition $4,880 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#9 #9 Northwest Technical College Annual Tuition $5,174 Medical Billing Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#10 #10 San Juan College Annual Tuition $5,840 Medical Billing Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#11 #11 Great Basin College Annual Tuition $6,013 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#12 #12 SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Annual Tuition $7,293 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#13 #13 Rasmussen College Annual Tuition $7,562 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#14 #14 Weber State University Annual Tuition $8,568 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#15 #15 Craven Community College Annual Tuition $8,576 Medical Billing Degrees: Associate and Certificate
#16 #16 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,673 Medical Billing Degrees: Associate
#17 #17 University of Phoenix Annual Tuition $9,840 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#18 #18 Dakota State University Annual Tuition $11,375 Medical Billing Degrees: Certificate
#19 #19 Miller-Motte College Online Annual Tuition $12,012 Medical Billing Degrees: Associate and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $896
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC

Santa Barbara City College offers an online Medical Coding Specialist certificate for an average annual tuition of $896, making it the most affordable option for students seeking an online education in medical billing and coding. Students complete a 38-credit curriculum, covering key skills such as the use of computerized encoders, health data coding, and designing and implementing fraud monitoring programs. Graduates of this certificate program are prepared for entry-level positions in a wide range of health care settings.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,210
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

With an average annual tuition of $2,210, Holmes Community College offers the best value for an online, two-year associate degree in medical billing and coding. The Business Office Technology – Billing & Coding Concentration degree is an extension of the school’s Business Technology degree, and therefore students must complete courses or demonstrate competency in this field before completing the medical and billing concentration courses. Students who complete the associate degree and concentration will gain mastery of medical terminology, ICD coding, CPT coding, billing and reimbursement, transcription, and computer software.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Darton State College offers a 22-credit online Certificate in Medical Coding program, designed to be completed in two years. Upon completing this program, graduates are prepared for work in entry-level medical coding positions in the healthcare industry and are eligible to take the national credentialing Certified Coding Associate exam. The certificate program costs an average annual $2,750, making it one of the most affordable medical and billing certificate programs in the country.

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  • Annual Tuition: $3,614
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABHES

Lakeshore Technical College offers a fully-online Medical Coding Specialist certificate that can be completed in one year. The program’s average annual tuition is $3,614, and course material includes training in ICD and CPT coding, health data management, and basic human anatomy. Courses include Body Structure and Function, Intro to Healthcare Computing, Human Disease for Health Professions, and more.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College offers an online 27-credit, one year technical diploma in medical coding. The curriculum covers a range of coding classification systems as well as human anatomy and physiology. Furthermore, the curriculum promises experience in hands-on coding prior to graduation. At an average annual tuition of $4,000, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s program is one of the most affordable options in this field. Students who complete this degree may apply all program credits to the school’s Health Information Technology Associate Degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,243
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Columbus State Community College offers an online Certificate in Medical Coding that prepares students for work as entry-level professionals in a healthcare setting. The program is one year in length with curricular emphasis on coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis. Following the first year of coursework, students complete a semester-long course of Professional Medical Coding Applications. Average annual tuition is $4,243.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program at Fayetteville Technical Community College is designed to prepare individuals for positions in medical offices or other healthcare-related businesses. With an average annual tuition of $4,556, the certificate program is designed to take one year for completion. All credits earned in the completion of this program can be applied towards completion of the school’s Medical Office Administration program for an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Herkimer County Community College offers a Online Medical Coding - Transcriptionist Certificate for an average annual tuition of $4,880. This affordable program offers training in ICD-9, HCPCS, and CTM coding, as well as practice in transcription of medical tapes. Unlike many of the other programs on this list, this one does not train students in information security systems, anatomy, or physiology principles. Graduates of this program will be prepared for employment in healthcare and insurance offices, and many employment opportunities may be home-based.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,174
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Northwest Technical College offers both certificate and associate degree option in medical billing and coding. The average annual tuition for these online programs is $5,174, although some students can complete a degree or certificate program at an even lower rate by transferring credit from previous college work or military training. While these programs are offered fully online, the school offers a large amount of personalized help, as each student is assigned an online success coach upon enrollment. Any student completing the associate degree option is required to coordinate with his or her academic advisors to formulate a training plan and complete an in-person internship of choice.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

San Juan College offers an AAS in Health Information Technology as well as a Certificate in Medical Coding/Billing. Both online programs are accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Even though all courses are available fully online, San Juan College keeps class sizes small, limiting acceptance and enrollment in order to provide every student with ample individual attention. Graduates of the 70-credit AAS in Health Information Technology (HIT) are eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Registered Heath Information Technician (RHIT) exam, and students who complete the certificate program (40 credit hours) are eligible and prepared to take the American Health Information Management Association's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,013
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

An online Certificate of Achievement in Medical Coding and Billing from Great Basin College costs an average of $6,013 per year. The program is the product of the school’s collaboration with Career Step in Springville, UT, and is provided in a completely online format broken down into 20 course modules. The 34-credit program is designed to be completed in one year and provides training in common types of medical insurance and billing systems as well as the CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding languages.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

The SUNY College of Technology at Alfred offers an online Coding & Reimbursement Specialist certificate at an average annual tuition of $7,293. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete 160 hours of unpaid professional practice in the health information department of an acute care hospital during their final semester. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association and the Certified Professional Coder exams offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders. The school reports a 100% employment rate for graduates of this program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABHES

The online Medical Billing and Coding certificate from Rasmussen College trains students in Medical Terminology, ICP Coding, and Health Information Law, among other required competencies. Program completion is contingent upon the completion of a two-credit career development course, in which students learn self-marketing approaches and job interviewing techniques, and have the opportunity to participate in a mock interview. The 38 credit curriculum is designed to take a year to complete and has an average annual tuition of $7,562.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,568
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Weber State University offers a fully-online Certificate in Health Care Coding & Classification at an average annual tuition of $8,568. The program is comprised of 10 courses and is designed to be completed at the student’s preferred pace over four semesters. Curriculum covers foundations in medical terminology, human anatomy, and coding schemes that are used in inpatient and outpatient settings. This certificate program also requires students to complete a one-credit Professional Practice Experience in Coding course and an in-person, unpaid internship. Graduates of the program are prepared and eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate Exam.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,576
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The Craven Community College offers a two-year associate degree and two certificate options for students seeking careers in medical coding. The Medical Office Administration program familiarizes students with medical terminology and procedure and diagnostic coding, and trains them in legal issues, confidentiality, insurance and billing responsibilities, records management, and office skills. The average annual tuition for Craven’s medical administration programs is $8,576.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,673
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

With an average annual tuition of $8,673, Grantham University offers one of the most affordable associate degree options in medical coding and billing in the country. The program provides training in the standard medical code, ICD-9, and has kept up-to-date with industry upgrades by also providing ICD-10 training. The AAS in Medical Coding and Billing degree is designed to be completed in two years and prepares students to use billing and coding software in a variety of healthcare-related work environments. Some of the classes offered in this degree are Introduction to Pathophysiology, Healthcare Delivery Systems, and Reimbursement Methodologies.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,840
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

University of Phoenix offers three online certificate programs in medical billing and coding at an average annual tuition of $9,840. The 24-credit online Medical Records Certificate program, though flexible to student’s individual needs, is typically completed within one year and covers Fundamentals in Human Anatomy, Medical Processing and Coding, and Issues in the US Healthcare System. Over the course of the program, students also gain familiarity with widely-used software and gain the skills to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist exam through the National Health Career Association upon graduation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,375
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Dakota State University offers an online Health Care Coding Certificate for an average tuition of $11,375 per year. The 35-credit program has been approved by the American Health Information Management Association and emphasizes ICD-9-CM coding, CPT coding, and third-party reimbursement. Following a year of coursework, students are required to complete a supervised, unpaid internship at a healthcare facility to reinforce the curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist exam after gaining the recommended work experience. Students opting to continue their education can apply credit received in this certificate program towards a handful of related online degrees offered by Dakota State University.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,012
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ---

Miller-Motte College Online offers an online AAS in Electronic Medical Records at an average annual tuition of $12,012. The program can be completed in as little as a year and a half, and the curriculum emphasizes medical coding, insurance, and healthcare standards in the US. Graduates of this program and other Miller-Motte degree programs are offered lifetime career assistance including services such as resume building, mock interviews, and career workshops.

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