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Medical Billing and Coding School

If you want to work in the healthcare industry in a role with the option to work from home, you can pursue that passion with Penn Foster’s online Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Program. Study with the support of helpful instructors and faculty, and enjoy a program that offers engaging visual learning aids and interactive assessments to help you practice as you go. 

  • Penn Foster’s Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Program helps prepare you to sit for your:
  • Penn Foster also provides students in the program with a voucher covering the cost of their CBCS exam (a $115 value) as well as a complete exam prep study package.
  • Medical billing and coding professionals are paid a competitive salary. 
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to apply CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding guidelines to identify diagnoses, procedures, and patient medical records.
  2. How to identify the procedures for patient record retrieval and reimbursement.
  3. How to explain the role of a medical coder as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices.
  4. How to apply computer and information literacy skills using electronic health records software.

Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Medical Billing and Coding Outcomes 

Medical Billing and Coding Professional 







Penn Foster's Medical Billing and Coding Program is designed with job-readiness in mind. Study the skills you need while preparing for any required industry certifications and state licenses, so you can get started on your career path as a medical billing and coding professional or advance your current career.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. Please review state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements, which vary from state to state.

Medical Billing and Coding School Curriculum 

  • 11 courses
  • 40 exams
  • 75.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 4 submitted projects

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 11 months
  • Average time = 15 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In our online Medical Billing and Coding Program, you'll gain the skilled and interactive medical billing and coding training required to pursue a career in this field. Your courses include:

  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Basic Medical Coding
  • Intermediate Medical Coding

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Medical Billing & Coding Student Stories

Penn Foster’s Medical Billing and Coding Program is a great first step towards a career in the healthcare industry. This program has helped other graduates find new jobs and pursue a medical billing and coding career. Learn more about their experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Aleshia M.

Medical Billing and Coding Graduate 2020

"I do billing, coding, and collections in my current position. Really all that I learned at Penn Foster I am utilizing in some shape, form, or fashion."

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Medical Billing and Coding School Tuition

Choose from one of our payment options below and get started on your medical billing and coding program today.

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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering you to reach your goals


  • Start anytime
  • Self-paced
  • Payment plans


  • Video and whiteboard animations 
  • Expert instructors
  • Live support


  • National certifications
  • Peer support 
  • Vibrant student community 


  • Expert instructors and Academic Advocates available by phone or email
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services

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Medical Billing and Coding School FAQs

What is the salary for a medical billing and coding role?

Medical records and health techs have a median salary of $46,660 per year.* Learn more about a potential career as a medical billing and coding specialist in our Medical Billing and Coding Salary Guide.

Where can I work as a medical billing and coding specialist?

Are you new to the medical field or are you looking to move to a different sector of the medical industry? Becoming a medical billing and coding specialist can help you take the first step toward a new career in the healthcare field. Trained medical billing and coding professionals find jobs in a variety of medical and healthcare environments, such as offices of physicians, hospitals, insurance and administrative companies, and skilled nursing facilities.

How much does a medical billing and coding certification cost?

We keep our program costs low so you can keep your goals within reach! Your program includes a CBCS Exam Voucher ($115 value) in the cost of the program and we offer discounts and payment plans. Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.

Is the medical billing & coding program accredited?

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the DEAC. You can find more accreditation details on our Program Details page.

What skills will I learn in this program?

Learn skills that can give you the potential to succeed in a job setting and prepare for a career as a medical billing and coding specialist with annually updated course material, so you’ll always learn the newest codes and changes. You’ll cover coding, pharmacology and pathology, medical ethics, laws, and confidentiality, medical terminology, electronic medical records, and more in your program. The Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review will cover advanced coding and the information you’ll find in the CPC exam, helping to prepare you for the industry-standard test through practice exams and a final exam that is based on the actual certification exam.

Do I get textbooks? What are my textbook options?

The majority of your study materials will be available online in the form of study guides and study units in your Student Portal. Your medical billing and coding program also includes 3 digital textbooks and 3 physical textbooks which will be delivered through the mail as you need them at no additional cost. Your books include exam preparation material.

What certifications will I receive from the medical billing and coding program?

Certifications are official documents presented after successfully passing an appropriate exam, which is separate from graduating from your program. Certification exams are administered by independent third parties and are not given as part of a school curriculum. Upon completing your Penn Foster Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Program, however, you’ll be better prepared to sit for industry-standard certification exams in the field, such as the National Healthcareer Association’s Billing and Coding Specialist Certification exam. Graduates of the program also receive a voucher to cover the cost of the exam, which is included in the price of tuition.