wroberts1970 in Woodbridge, Virginia said: Greetings INDEED Forum People!!!!
I have been going thru what seems like a ton of online schools trying to figure out which course will be best for me. I see some schools offer a coding certification in 4 months and others are saying become certified in as little as 18 months. Other than cost, what is the difference and what do I need to look for to start out being a coder and work myself up to a RHIT?! Also, any online school recommendations are hugely appreciated. I work fulltime with a long commute plus I am getting ready to become an instant step-mom very soon so attending school at night is not an option.
Thanks for your help and have an awesome day!!!! :)
In order to sit for the RHIT certification you MUST have at least an associates degree in HIT from an AHIMA approved school.
An associates degree is going to go more in depth and cover more Health Information, such as data analysis, reimbursement methodology and statistics. Where a certificate is just coding.
It depends on where you want your career to go, if you had the time and money, I would suggest getting at least an associates degree. There will be more opportunities, and if you find you prefer coding, you could always do that as well.
I would suggest NOT attending a private for profit school, but rather your local community or technical school. It will cost WAY less, many offer online classes and most credits should be transferable.