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Top School in Baltimore for Becoming a Billing & Coding Professional

A number of schools in the Baltimore area have top ranking medical insurance billing and coding programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for medical insurance billing and coding, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Within a 50-mile radius of the Baltimore, MD, area, there are about 15 schools that offer medical insurance billing and coding programs or related fields of study. Based on program offerings, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), Coppin State University (CSU) and The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) are the top three schools for medical insurance billing and coding programs. Read more about these institutions below:

  • Winner: Anne Arundel Community College offers the widest variety of programs: it has an associate's degree program in health information technology, a medical coding certificate program, and non-credit classes in medical coding and transcription.
  • Runner-Up #1: Coppin State University has the highest program level available of these three schools. It offers a bachelor's degree program in health information management.
  • Runner-Up #2: The Community College of Baltimore County offers a medical coding certificate program. CCBC had the lowest graduation rate of the three schools, according to 2011 data from the National Center of Educational Statistics (NCES), though it also featured the lowest tuition rate.

School Comparison Chart

Category Anne Arundel Community College Coppin State University The Community College of Baltimore County
Location Arnold, MD (22 miles from Baltimore)* Baltimore, MD* Baltimore, MD*
School Type 2-year, public* 4-year, public* 2-year, public*
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $4,139 (in-district), $6,809 (in-state), $11,129 (out-of-state)* $6,065 (in-state), $10,856 (out-of-state)* $3,422(in-district), $6,152 (in-state), $9,012 (out-of-state)*
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Program Award Levels Offered Associate's degree; certificate** Bachelor's degree** Certificate**
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels)in (2012-2013) 3 (Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician )* 24 (Health Information)* N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 12%* 15%* 10%*
Noteworthy Students can utilize a pool, fitness center, walking trails and art galleries while enrolled in courses** Offers scholarships through AHIMA and other organizations** School offers scholarships and grants**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites

Winner: Anne Arundel Community College

  • Offers programs at the associate's degree and certificate levels
  • Health information technology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
  • 17 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Anne Arundel Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree program in health information technology which can lead to a career in medical insurance coding and billing. It includes coursework in ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, CPT/HCPS and ICD-10-PCS coding practices, a practicum and other health information management courses. The medical coding certificate program focuses specifically on coding practices and includes coursework in the current coding practices as welll as reimbursement methodologies, a practicum and other courses. The non-credit medical coding and transcription program offers individual online courses to provide students with knowledge in specific areas, such as HIPAA privacy, medical transcription and ICD-10 medical coding.

Runner-Up #1: Coppin State University

  • CAHIIM-accredited program
  • Course includes practical experience
  • 95% of first-time undergraduates receive financial aid in 2011-2012 according to NCES

Coppin State University has a bachelor's degree program in health information technology. It includes courses in medical terminology, healthcare finance and reimbursement, advanced concepts in HIM and other health information technology-related coursework. This course can prepare students for a career in medical insurance billing and coding, as well as other medical office administrative positions.

Runner-Up #2: The Community College of Baltimore County

  • School is CCBC-accredited
  • Program includes practical experience
  • Offers a student support center that includes academic advisement, tutoring, transfer counseling networking opportunities and other services

The Community College of Baltimore County offers a medical coding certificate program. Some courses include principles of supervision, fundamentals of health data management, basic medical coding, CPT medical coding, advanced clinical coding and other related subjects.

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