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Healthcare Documentation Specialist Career Outlook & Certification

At-Home Professions' distance learning program gives you the skills you need to enter the growing medical field. Plus, train at your own pace on your own terms. Take your class online or by mail correspondence. Think of the flexibility and job security of working as a Healthcare Documentation Professional.

    Your Career Opportunities

  • Work in medical facilities, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies—even work from home.
  • Earn up to $42,630 a year!*
  • Job Security—The U.S. Department of Labor projects the growth for Healthcare Documentation jobs to increase 8% by 2029.*

Certification

Upon graduation from our Online Healthcare Documentation program, you will receive your At-Home Professions Diploma attesting to your accomplishment. At-Home Professions Healthcare Documentation program will prepare you to take a Certification exam of your choosing. You are not required to take a certification exam, however taking this additional step will help you market yourself to potential employers and validate your knowledge in Medical Coding and Billing.

National Certification Options for Medical Coding and Billing

  • a. American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • b. Requirements: AAPC Membership and exam fees
  • c. Recommended: A certificate or transcript showing 80 hours or more of education can be used to fulfill one of the two years required to remove the Apprentice (“A”) status from the certification and become a CPC. After a year of verifiable coding work experience, the grad can apply to have the “A” dropped by submitting a letter, on letterhead, signed from your employer verifying one year of on-the-job experience
  • d. At-Home Professions Recommended: Yes
  • a. National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • b. Requirements: Successful completion of a medical coding and billing program within the last 5 years, HS Diploma or GED and exam fees.
  • c. Recommended: At-Home Professions encourages our graduates to purchase the NHA test prep materials prior to taking the exam.
  • d. At-Home Professions Recommended: Yes
  • a. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • b. Requirements: HS Diploma or equivalent and exam fees
  • c. Recommended: 6 months coding experience, completion of coding training program, AAS in Health Information Technologies and AAS in Medical Specialties
  • d. At-Home Professions Recommended: No, At-Home Professions does not recommend this certification directly after you receive your At-Home Professions certificate, see recommendations above.
  • a. National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • b. Requirements: HS Diploma or equivalent, certificate of completion for insurance and coding within 2 years of program completion and exam fees.
  • c. At-Home Professions Recommended: No, this certification is not as well known in the field.



*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm, (visited December 1, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
**https://www.bls.gov/emp/graphics/2019/projected-percent-change.htm