Medical Coding at WGU
Are You Interested in a Medical Coding Career?
You may have noticed that WGU doesn’t offer a degree in medical coding, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on this kind of career goal. There are other specialized degree options that may help prepare you for a similar profession. Your interest in medical coding and a coding certificate can kick-start your educational pursuits and career, but it's not the only career path available to you. Exploring other degree options may present you with a role that is not specifically in coding for the healthcare industry, but is similar and fulfilling. Plus, if you’re already a medical coder looking for additional certificates, we have degree options available to you that can help you enhance your skills and take a step forward in your career. No matter which path you’re on, it all starts with the right degree program.
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
To really dive into more technical roles that are related to healthcare coding, explore a degree program in health information management. The program is designed to give you the foundation you need for positions in the high-demand field of healthcare information technology and management, where you can use data to influence decisions and improve patient outcomes. You’ll also be prepared to act as the intermediary between medical care providers, the information they gather, the technology and data systems they use to track critical patient information, and patients themselves.
This degree program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for roles similar to becoming a coder in healthcare, such as data analyst or health information manager. Each of these jobs demand a strong understanding of computer information systems and technology for healthcare organizations, medical terminology, healthcare regulation, project management of health systems, databases, and security. Plus, this program offers you eligibility to apply for the RHIA® certification exam and gives you CompTIA Project+ certification as part of your coursework.
Career options related to medical coding for those with a health information management degree include:
- Health Information Manager
- Data Analyst
- Medical Research Analyst
- Clinical Systems Manager
- Outpatient Coding Compliance Auditor
Careers Related to Medical Coding
If you’re set on a career as a healthcare coder you’ll be required to obtain certain certificates including the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC), the Certified Medical Coder (CMC), and the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). After you obtain your certificate, you can officially start your coder job hunt. Just make sure to check with your intended employer if you have the certification they require or if you need to get a different medical coding certification.
But it’s worth exploring if another career path may be more fulfilling to you than medical coding. Pursuing a degree that can put you in a trajectory to a similar but more advanced and lucrative role may better meet your needs. Not only are the following jobs similar to medical coding, but they will also address your desire to combine helping others and technology. Other degree programs may offer you the same opportunity to pursue education online and even work remotely, which is a huge benefit for a medical coding career. Increasing your abilities could give you the same type of benefits in a more lucrative position.
Why Choose WGU?
Why should you choose a WGU accounting or business management degree over a finance degree somewhere else? There are several reasons a WGU degree is a great fit for students.
- Low, flat-rate tuition means that you're charged the same amount per six-month term, regardless of how many classes you take.
- Competency-based education means you can use your knowledge to your advantage, accelerating your program and graduating faster. Graduating faster also saves you money.
- We offer scholarships and financial aid to help with our already affordable tuition, making college education accessible for even more students.
- The coursework in our business programs is career-focused, meaning the skills you learn are meaningful and will translate directly to your work post graduation. But you don't have to take our word for it.
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