Is Penn Foster Regionally Accredited?

  • Last Post 04 August 2014
Rocky posted this 31 July 2014 - Last edited 25 February 2016

Hello, I recently found out that Penn Foster has recently received regional accreditation as well, confirmed the same with the following organization: Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603 Could you please confirm the same? I'm interested in taking up Medical Billing & Coding online course from them. Suggestion for any other affordable online course is much appreciated as well. Thanks, Rocky

Kayleigh posted this 04 August 2014 - Last edited 22 October 2015

Hi Rocky,

Thanks for your question!

Yes, you are correct. Penn Foster holds regional accreditation from the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

FAQ: Online College Accreditation

We have a great article on how to choose an online school for a medical billing and coding degree.
You may want to also consider an associates degree or bachelor's degree in health informatics.

See all online associate degrees in Healthcare.
See all online bachelor degrees in Healthcare. profiles two online medical billing and coding undergraduate certificates:
Dakota State University Certificate in Healthcare Coding -- Total Cost = $9,956.10 - $11,464.60
SUNY Certificate in Coding and Reimbursement Specialist -- Total Cost = $13,252.00

Here are a few more options...

Shoreline Community College Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Certificate -- Total Cost = ~$7047
Shoreline Community College Associate in Health Informatics and Information Management -- Total Cost = ~$10,806

You'll need to discuss with counselers at each school to decide which particular program is right for you and remember a certificate is not the same as earning a professional certification.

Good luck!