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Is There Such A Thing As “Free” Medical Billing Training?

The idea of free medical billing training is instantly appealing, especially to students on a budget who want to enter a lucrative and interesting career in health care. However, whereas it is relatively easy to find free education, this does not necessarily make free courses a good idea. If you decide to take the free route, you will face a number of disadvantages that can severely hurt your chances of securing a job. Here are a few examples of what you will miss out on.

Certifications

To work as a medical biller, you should really hold a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification. As free courses are of far lower quality than programs offered through schools, you may struggle to understand some of the more complex terms. Some courses even lack certain aspects of the CBCS exam entirely. This means paying out of pocket for an exam that you have a high chance of failing. On the other hand, if you study through a school, you’ll know that you’re prepared. Plus, some programs even cover the cost of the exam within tuition. Southern Careers Institute’s medical billing training programs cover the cost of your first certification, for example. In addition to the CBCS, it is useful to hold additional certifications, for which you are unlikely to receive adequate preparation through free medical billing training. Such certifications include Electronic Health Records Specialist, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, and Microsoft Word.

Accreditation

Employers prefer to hire candidates with a reputable educational background, which requires training from an accredited school. If you’re not paying for your training, you can be fairly certain that the business is not accredited.

Personal Attention

Free medical billing training courses tend to have high enrollment numbers, which means few instructors to many students. If you find something difficult, you will have no one to turn to for support. In contrast, medical billing programs offered through schools like Southern Careers Institute tend to have small teacher-to-student ratios and may even provide extra tuition services outside of class.

Motivation

Free courses have much higher dropout rates than accredited programs. In addition to knowing that you are receiving a quality education and receiving support from teachers, simply paying for a course may help you stay motivated through to graduation. If you would prefer to study online rather than in a traditional school setting, you can do so without all the above disadvantages by taking a distance education course through an accredited school. Plus, there is no need for your training to be expensive — most students are eligible for financial aid, which can cover some or even all your tuition — and you will quickly make a return on your investment once you secure a medical billing job after graduation.

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.”

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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.”

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Bonnie M
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“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.”

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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.”

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Business Accounting

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