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How to Break into the Healthcare Industry in 12 Months with No Prior Experience

Healthcare is an admirable, rewarding profession. That’s why it should come as no surprise that it’s “the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers,” according to the CDC1. Healthcare is particularly appealing because there are a variety of job functions available, many of which don’t require any previous medical experience.

If you want to be an integral part of healthcare but aren’t keen on going to medical school, don’t sweat it. Professionals who focus on the information needs of the industry (medical billers, coders, and receptionists) work in a variety of health-related settings, such as hospitals, administrative and support offices, nursing care facilities, and physicians’ offices. The best part? You can land one of these sought-after jobs by securing the following industry certifications:

  • The AHIMA Certified Coder Associate
  • The NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
  • The NHA Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist

The most effective way to earn these certifications is by enrolling in a career-focused program that includes certification exam preparation. Programs like Computer Systems Institute’s (CSI) Healthcare Career Program Billing and Coding Track do just that – in ONLY. 12. MONTHS. You will learn everything you need to know to seamlessly transition from student to knowledgeable professional when you join the workforce.

Your Inside Look at Medical Billers, Coders, and Receptionists

Want to know more about these healthcare jobs? Here’s an overview of the daily responsibilities you will be expected to take on:

Medical Billers manage payments on patient balances and submit claims to insurance companies. They are also charged with:

  • Entering data with proprietary billing software
  • Submitting claims to insurance companies
  • Following up with patients, healthcare professionals, and insurance providers to make sure claims are paid for
  • Managing account payments and invoices
  • Investigating rejected or denied claims
  • Ensuring physicians and patients receive reimbursements from insurers
  • Verifying the accuracy of standard healthcare codes used by medical coders to classify services and products

Medical Coders are responsible for communicating with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to categorize the services a patient has received. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Applying CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM/PCS standardized codes to patient records to accurately reflect the services received
  • Entering data through the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software used in hospitals and physicians’ offices
  • Examining operative reports used during surgery to apply procedure codes
  • Performing medical chart audits when a claim is denied
  • Staying up-to-date with the latest revisions to coding standards and federal regulations
  • Examining patient charts and histories to ensure coding accurately reflects a patient’s medical care

Medical Receptionists greet patients, schedule appointments, and maintain records. They also focus on:

  • Keeping patient appointments on schedule
  • Answering patient questions
  • Maintaining the reception area and office inventory/equipment
  • Filing and retrieving patient records
  • Maintaining patient accounts by obtaining and updating personal and financial information

You can find comfort in the fact that opportunities in this line of work are on the up and up. In fact, the projected job growth from 2019 to 2029 for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians is eight percent (AKA much master than average!), according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2


Our affordable Billing and Coding Track will give you more than hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to build strong relationships with knowledgeable instructors who are invested in your success. From day one, you will start gaining the skills you need to achieve your academic and professional goals. We also offer evening course options to fit the needs of busy, adult learners. Need we say more?

Get in Touch!

If you are ready to jumpstart your healthcare career, reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable CSI Admissions Representative at 1-888-910-5083 or csiadmissions@csinow.com.

1 “CDC – Health Care Workers – NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Jan. 2017, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthcare/default.html#:~:text=HEALTHCARE%20WORKERS,-Related%20Pages&text=Healthcare%20is%20the%20fastest%2Dgrowing,employing%20over%2018%20million%20workers.   

2 “Medical Records and Health Information Technicians: Occupational Outlook Handbook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1 Sept. 2020, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm.

Healthcare Career Program Students Pass Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Exam

At Computer Systems Institute (CSI), our dedication to career-focused education is anything but talk. We tailor our courses to meet industry and employer needs, and hire instructors who can translate their real-world experience into meaningful lessons. Upon program completion, our students are prepared to put their education to the test. Case in point: our Healthcare Career Program clinical track students.

Taking on the CCMA Exam

In November, several CSI students took the National Healthcare Association’s Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam – and all passed!

Dr. Susan Malekpour, CSI Academic Dean, says, “I have been in higher education for 22 years, and can tell you that the highest goal for any medical assisting program is to have students pass their certification exams. At CSI, when our students sit for their exams, we know they are prepared and ready to pass.”

This rigorous, 150-question exam requires a deep understanding of the concepts taught throughout CSI’s 12-month program, and dedication to studying. When all is said and done, this commitment pays off in spades. Possessing this respected certification validates our students’ skills to potential employers and opens doors to a variety of career opportunities in the medical assisting field.

From a Student’s Perspective

Aref Sayegh credits CSI with helping him pass the exam. He says, “CSI, but specially Mrs. Smith [Adjunct Healthcare Career Program Instructor], prepared me for how the exam was going to test me. Moreover, she discussed real life anecdotes, medical assistant shared experiences, etc. She is a good teacher who believes in and encourages her students.”

A Recipe for Success

Our clinical track instructors use CSI’s Blended Learning Methodology, which combines classroom lectures, hands-on practical training, and laboratory learning hours, to prepare students for the CCMA exam. They cover clinical, administrative, and laboratory procedures, as well as medical terminology, phlebotomy, and other academic concepts needed to be successful in the healthcare industry. At the end of the program, students can:

  • Communicate with patients
  • Take vital signs
  • Use appropriate examination room procedures
  • Interpret test results

You Could be Next!

Healthcare is a very rewarding industry. If you’re interested in breaking into the field, but don’t have the time and dollars to pursue a four-year or graduate degree, look no further than CSI’s Healthcare Career Program. In addition to our clinical track, we offer a billing and coding option, which focuses on the information needs of the healthcare industry. Reach out to us at 1-888-910-5083 or csiadmissions@csinow.com to find out if one of these programs is right for you!

Why International Students Should Study Billing and Coding

For international students looking for a stable and profitable career, there’s no better field than billing and coding. The field of health information technology is growing steadily, and experts predict that’s a trend that will continue for many years into the future. For those with the right certification, a career in medical billing and coding can be rewarding and lucrative.

Medical billing and coding is part of the medical records and health information industry, and professionals in that industry are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2026, jobs in this field will have increased by 27,800, which equates to a growth of 13 percent: well above the national average for all occupations. An aging population and recent upgrades in technology that have resulted in higher demand for well-trained coders add up to a need for billing and coding professionals that is not going to slow down any time soon.

Those in the medical billing and coding professions who hold certifications have better job prospects than those who do not. The more certifications you hold, the higher the salary you can expect to make. What’s more, the certifications necessary to get ahead in this industry are recognized internationally, so the opportunities to use the skills and knowledge obtained are not limited to the United States.

Another incentive for international students to study billing and coding is this: people who are multilingual are at an advantage in the medical field. There are over 47 million residents of the United States for whom English is not their primary language. It only stands to reason, then, that medical practices and hospitals are going to treat patients who need translation to understand their bills. Professionals in the medical records and health information industry who are well-versed not only in code but also in languages other than English are a valuable asset to employers in the medical field.

At CSI, Our billing and coding track prepares students for the following certifications: NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), NHA Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS), or AHIMA Certified Coder Associate (CCA). These certifications are recognized internationally, and our students leave our program well-prepared, with the knowledge and the skills necessary to provide medical coding and billing, manage healthcare data used to support patient care, and contribute to the development of computer-based patient records.

If you’re an international student seeking educational opportunities in the United States, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the Computer Systems Institute.  At CSI, we provide academic opportunities that are not just high in quality, but also rich in services and support, and designed to help our students meet their goals. We believe in helping our students advance and transform their careers and their lives through affordable, high-quality career opportunities. For more information about our programs, or for help deciding whether CSI is right for you, contact us through our website or call 1-847-967-5030 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Representative.

The Future Looks Bright for Medical Billing and Coding Professionals

Medical Billing and Coding Professionals

Are you considering a career in medical billing and coding? This industry offers a unique opportunity because, while careers in medical billing and coding do not require a specific degree, people with the right certifications can look forward to a position with competitive pay and job stability. What’s more, the opportunities in this field don’t appear to be in any danger of flagging any time soon.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of medical records and health information technology is predicted to increase by 27,800 new positions by 2026: that’s a growth of 13 percent between 2016 and 2026. This is a faster rate of growth than the national average for all occupation, and with good reason. As the population ages, we’ll continue to need additional workers in the health information and technology industry.

Medical billers and coders who hold certifications are more likely to find better jobs in this field. In fact, according to the AAPC, formerly known as the American Academy of Professional Coders, professionals with credentials in the field can expect higher salaries as they attain more certifications. Employment opportunities vary based on your geographical area and the industry in which you wish to work. Currently, the industries with the highest demand for medical billing and coding professionals include:

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: 68,740 employed
  • Offices of Physicians: 38,530 employed
  • Nursing Care Facilities: 11,480 employed
  • Outpatient Care Facilities: 8,260 employed

Larger facilities are better able to grow staff numbers than smaller facilities, which is why about 18.3 percent of respondents to a recent AAPC survey worked for a large health system, and 13. 2 percent worked for large group practices. There are many additional opportunities for employment in this field, though, including educational institutions, billing companies, and consulting firms. Those in the field who are willing and able to keep up with the rapidly changing technology and software are in a better position to build a stable and profitable career.

For more than twenty-eight years, CSI has been helping students create positive change in their lives, through affordable, high-quality career opportunities. Our billing and coding track prepares students for the following certifications: NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), NHA Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS), or AHIMA Certified Coder Associate (CCA). For more information about these internationally recognized certifications, or for help deciding whether CSI is right for you, contact us through our website or call 1-847-967-5030 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Representative.