I have my AAS in HIT and I am a RHIT in this position I can be a coder. The first thing to know is that right now they are making a transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, which is changing most of the current codes, and adding 6th and 7th digit to the codes, so everyone who knows the ICD-9 has to relearn the ICD-10. It is a good thing if you are just getting into college you will learn the new way to do it. It can be difficult for some as there are different types of coding. Such as inpatient coding using ICD-9, or outpatient coding using CPT coding and HCPCS codes, as well as coding for office visits which uses ICD-9 and E/M codes to code for billing. There is a lot to learn with this, however it is a growing area.
It is very difficult to work from home as a coder right away though, most reputable companies would want you to have at least 3 years experience and have a 98% accuracy rate.
Good luck it you decide to do it.
at 12:53 PM on Sep. 3, 2010