One of the questions I'm often asked is how long will it take to go through medical
billing training or medical coding training? When one gets their education in this field it isn't an exact science such as it would be if you go through training to be a registered nurse. In that case you go say 2 years or 4 years.
But it is significantly different in the medical billing training field. This is primarily because there is really no set list of required courses as such. Every school has their own set of requirements to fulfill before they give you a certificate of graduation. This is not the same certificate you need to get to become a Medical Billing Specialist. That designation is given after you pass a national exam and it doesn't matter what classes you have taken. You only need to pass the exam and hopefully you've had the classes or courses necessary to have done it.
And you don't need this certificate to get a job as a medical biller. Basically you need to convince the prospective employer that you can do the job either through experience, education or both. So keep this in mind when you sign up for classes whether you go to school online or at a school with a local campus.
To get your education in less time you might consider taking medical coding or billing classes online. Going to school on campus will tie you into quarters or semesters and will be hard to do in a short term way.
When you sign up for online classes in medical billing training make sure to take just what you need -- only take the basics. Schools make more money if they can convince you to take classes you don't need. Taking fewer classes will shorten your length of training time and save you more money.
Medical coding has similar requirements and problems, but will take the same amount of time that billing training takes.
In both cases you need to check each school's requirements -- what they suggest as the absolute minimum requirements they say you need to take and compare them with other schools. Eliminate the schools that require a lot more time as this will make them more money and cost you more money.
There is financial aid available for online and on campus medical billing training and medical coding classes, courses and programs. Make sure to check this out before you sign up and save yourself a lot of money.