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Can I Learn Billing and Coding Online? Do I Want to?
Earning career certification online is an excellent way to begin a promising career without sacrificing valuable time away from your current job.
Enrolling in medical billing and coding classes online gives you flexibility with the same end result you’d have if you attended classes in person. Together with the benefits of online learning, you’ll also encounter challenges. Find out what those challenges might be and how to overcome them.
Challenge #1: Technology Complications
Although technology is everywhere today, there is still the potential for breakdowns and misfires when you rely on it to get an education. You could face technical issues with the specific software or teacher/student interface the school uses, complications regarding your own knowledge of how to use computer software, or other technical issues like power outages or a poor connection. Regardless of the situation, technology can often leave you frustrated.
Solution: Be Proactive
Although you can’t prepare for the unknown, you can be as proactive as possible by taking the time to learn the software before classes begin. If possible, visit the campus technology center to get a one-on-one tutorial on how to use the computer program you’ll be using during your online classes. Obtain the name, number and email of a technology support person you can contact for future questions or concerns. Set yourself up for success by having a clear plan in place for potential technological problems.
Challenge #2: Connecting with Instructor and Students
While learning information and completing assignments on your own time is convenient, it can potentially leave you feeling out-of-touch with the instructor and other students. Attending classes in person makes you feel valued as a student and offers the benefit of learning from your peers. Online learning can make you feel alone.
Solution: Use the Student Interface
Online learning interfaces are conveniently set up with features like chat boards, conversation threads or the ability to email specific individuals. Use the online interface provided to connect with classmates and the instructor. Pose questions and offer your own insights to establish an online relationship with both peers and the instructor. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and contact others. If you have time, you could even create a study group to meet in person once a week.
Challenge #3: Staying Accountable for Work
It’s far easier to fall behind on readings and assignments when you don’t have to report to your instructor face-to-face regularly. You could easily find yourself falling behind on all of the work if you don’t hold yourself personally accountable for completing the coursework in a timely manner.
Solution: Set a Schedule
As an online student, you must set a schedule for studying, reading and completing assignments and stick to it. Plan your week taking into account the required readings and assignments, then budget your time accordingly. Keep yourself on track by spending an allotted amount of time on coursework each day. You won’t fall behind if you hold yourself accountable for the work that needs to be done. Online classes pose a different set of challenges that other types of schooling. However, every challenge you face does have a solution if you are willing to find it. Stay positive and keep your end goal in mind. Remember that when you are working toward a better future no job is too hard.
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Enrique H. Welding
"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”
Juan L. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.