Medical Billing and Coding Technical College

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A By The Numbers Analysis of Medical Billing and Coding Technical College in San Antonio Texas

If you’re looking for a good salary, job security, and a chance to make a difference, consider a career in medical billing and coding. With hospitals desperate to recoup lost revenues and manage costs more effectively, the demand for billing specialists is increasingly rapidly. Such specialists save money, help hospitals become more efficient, and keep patients, care providers, and insurers happy.

If you’re interested in this career, consider:  

General Facts
Medical billing and coding technical college in San Antonio Texas are relatively scarce. Of the city’s nearly 120,000 students, only 1,801 were enrolled in schools that even offered medical billing courses in 2010, and only 45 students graduated from such courses. Average tuition costs for such programs were $9,673 per year, not counting the cost of fees, books, and supplies. One-tenth of all medical billing specialists in Texas operate within the San Antonio metropolitan area, and the number of billers in the area will rise by 19% by the year 2018.  

Palo Alto College
Palo Alto’s medical billing and coding program is designed to teach students the necessary skills for work in this field in only 9 months. The program consists of two 36-hour courses and four 48-hour ones, as well as a 24-hour review course to prepare for the certification exam.  

The College of Health Care Professions
The CHCP’s local campus offers two medical coding and billing certification programs in San Antonio: one during normal hours, at a total cost of $17,000, and another in the evening, at a total cost of $15,300. Full-time students will be prepared to take the necessary certification exams after only 35 weeks.  

St. Philip’s College St. Philip’s Coding Specialist Certificate program will prepare you for the certification exam in only 22 weeks. To qualify for this program, you must be able to read and write at a 12th-grade level and to do math at a 10th-grade level.  

Kaplan College
Kaplan offers its Medical Billing and Coding Specialist diploma at its San Antonio (Ingram) campus and online. The Ingram campus course requires 36 weeks of full-time study; the total cost of this course is 16,189. This fee includes the price of taking the certification exam once; if you do not pass the first test, you must pay for each additional exam on your own.  

The Lamson Institute
Lamson’s Medical Biller/Coder/Office Assistant program allows you to gain medical billing and coding certification in as little as 9 months; 87% of students finished the course in that amount of time in 2014. Tuition and fees cost $14,073, while books and supplies cost another $682. Lamson’s medical billing graduates had a job placement rate of 56% in 2014. The median student graduated with $9,382 in federal loan debt, but no debt in private or institutional loans.  

The Southern Careers Institute

The Southern Careers Institute, or SCI, offers a 40-hour medical billing and coding program designed to certify students for four different jobs: Certified Medical Administrative Assistants (with an average salary of $21,000 a year in Texas), Certified Billing and Coding Specialists ($29,000), Certified Microsoft Word Specialists ($53,000), and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialists ($78,000). At 82%, our job placement rate is one of the highest among medical billing and coding technical college in San Antonio Texas. The total cost of tuition and fees for our billing and coding program is $16,500.   When picking the right medical billing and coding technical college in San Antonio Texas, don’t rely on numbers alone. Instructional materials, teachers, and school resources all play a role in determining how effective a course is. Visit the Southern Careers Institute to learn more.

What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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