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SXL Training Students for One of the Fastest Growing Healthcare Careers

Johanna Hansen

Thanks to a state-funded program, Governors State University’s (GSU )School of Extended Learning (SXL) will help train underrepresented individuals in one of the fastest growing healthcare careers at no cost.

The virtual program, led by expert healthcare instructors, will feature training in clinical medical assisting or medical coding and billing. It’s geared toward the unemployed, individuals working part-time who are experiencing barriers to employment and those from areas disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.The program is also available to working Clinical Nursing Assistants who wish to upskill and shift into one of these in-demand roles.

The program, offered thanks to an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant, prepares students to take the National Workforce Career Association Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (MBCS), the National Healthcareer Association Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam and the National Healthcareer Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. 

Students will be advised as to which certification is best for them based on knowledge and career goals. After obtaining the national certification credentials, students will have access to job placement assistance, giving them a chance to launch their new career in months. Certification exam vouchers are included. 

Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED to sit for the certification exams. Basic computer skills and intermediate English language fluency are also required.

Johanna Hansen, a 37-year-old currently taking the Medical Billing and Coding course, said it allows her to not only pursue a career in the medical field but to maintain a balanced home and family life. 

“When I was told that I could do it all from home, it was an added bonus,” said Hansen. “With a part-time job, kids, a wonderful fiance and a home full of animals, online courses are truly my only option and GSU made it extremely practical and convenient. I look forward to my new career and the possibilities it will allow for my family in the future.”

The program comes as the need for professionals who understand how to code healthcare services and procedures for third-party insurance reimbursement is growing substantially. These roles are excellent work-from-home opportunities for families juggling life demands. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 8% growth in Medical Coders and Billers (Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assts) by 2029. The average annual salary for the position is $37,350. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 5-7% growth in Clinical Medical Assistant by 2029.The average starting salary range for the role is $36,995-$50,580.

Next Session Starts: 1/17/2023. To apply to the program, you may begin here:

GSU’s School of Extended Learning is looking for qualified instructors to lead these sessions. Seeking Certified Clinical Medical Assistants and Certified Medical Coders and Billers with bachelor’s degrees to teach. Please apply AY22-23 Adjunct Faculty - Continuing Education: