Medical Insurance Coding Degree Programs in Sacramento, CA

Oct 04, 2018

Two schools that offer certificates and degrees related to medical insurance coding are located within roughly 45 miles of the city center of Sacramento, CA. Learn about the program options and requirements at these colleges to find out which one is right for you.

Sacramento Medical Insurance Coding Schools

A few schools in the Sacramento, CA, area offer medical insurance coding classes through their programs in areas such as medical assisting and health information technology. Read an overview of the required coursework in programs at 2 of these schools, and get a side-by-side comparison of the institutions in the provided table.

  • Cosumnes River College - Located about 14 miles from downtown Sacramento, this school is the most inexpensive option for students living in the region. Its health information technology associate's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students also have the opportunity to earn a medical assisting certificate in insurance billing or health information coding.
  • Solano Community College - Offering a medical office specialist certificate program that includes coding coursework, the school is located roughly 46 miles from central Sacramento and has the smallest student-to-faculty ratio on the list, with 24 students for every faculty member.

Comparison of Schools

Get to know more about the profiled schools by looking over this table. It has details on campus setting, student enrollment, tuition and much more to help you determine which college best suits your academic and financial needs.

Cosumnes River College Solano Community College
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, primarily associate's, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 14,120* 9,625*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,104 in-state; $8,208 out-of-state* $1,140 in-state; $6,324 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 73%* 65%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2017) 74% for full-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate 24% (for students who began in 2014)* 28% (for students who began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Cosumnes River College

Although most medical insurance coding programs offered at this school are classroom-based, the health information programs provide hands-on training opportunities through practicums and internships. This school's health information technology associate's degree program is the area's only CAHIIM-accredited program.

Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Assisting - Medical Insurance Billing

This program requires students to complete 16.5 course units. Courses include ICD-CM and current procedural terminology (CPT) coding, related medical language, medical insurance procedures, anatomy, physiology and human diseases. Students who complete this program can work in ambulatory clinics and physicians' offices.

Certificate of Achievement in Health Information Coding Specialist

A total of 27 course units are required for program completion. Students will need to pass courses in computer familiarization, database management, electronic spreadsheets, ICD-CM and CPT coding, human diseases, health statistics and related legal aspects. This program also helps students prepare for related certification exams.

Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

In addition to the courses required for the health information coding specialist certificate program, students in this associate's degree program need to complete courses in alternative settings, computerized health information systems and allied health professionals supervision. In order to graduate from this program, students will need to meet a 60-unit requirement. Program graduates qualify to take the American Health Information Management Association's Registered Health Information Technician certification exam.

Solano Community College

Medical office specialist certificate students can expect to participate in in-class training and occupational work experience.

Certificate of Achievement in Medical Office and Coding Specialist

Students must complete 49 course units to finish this program. This program requires students to pass ICD-9-CM and CPT-IV coding courses. Additional courses include office systems and procedures, medical terminology, business communications, human diseases, records management, medical keyboarding and filing techniques.

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