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Medical Billing and Coding Online Course


Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program offers you comprehensive training includes a working knowledge in ICD9 and ICD10‐CM, Medisoft V17, HCPCS II, and provides exclusive access to the Optum360 Encoder Pro Expert online coding resource. Gain the practical knowledge on how to process medical claims using the correct diagnostic and treatment codes. Upon course completion, you will have the skill set needed to secure a job working in the medical insurance billing and coding profession.

Medical Billing & Coding Certification Matters

Graduates of Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding program are qualified to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS) exam from the American Billing Association (AMBA), and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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* Prospective students should check with their state, local government and/or licensing board to determine which requirements are necessary to become a medical biller and coder in their state.

  • Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
  • Study Method: E-books with online study guides and exams
  • Program Length: Completion time ranges from 6-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.

Become a Medical Biller & Coder With Online Courses

Due to rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures in an aging population, advancement opportunities in health information technology will continue to increase much faster than average for all occupations through 2026. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of medical records and health information jobs are expected to grow up to 13% by 2026.

You can expect to earn an attractive salary when you work in the health information technology industry. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, those working in a medical billing and coding career earned up to $62,840 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $38,040.

As with many careers, the earning potential of those in a medical billing and coding career varies depending on factors such as experience, skills, and geographic location. It’s imperative that you know ICD-10 for the ongoing changes in the healthcare industry.

If you want to become a medical biller and coder, working in a growing, rewarding, respected health information profession, Blackstone’s accredited medical billing and coding training program can help you achieve your goals. Earning your medical billing and coding certificate can provide the career advantage needed and help you prepare for professional medical billing and coding certification.

Medical Billing & Coding Career Opportunities

Working in the medical billing and coding field offers a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physicians offices, insurance company, medical center, nursing home, government medical department, rehabilitation facilities, and urgent care centers. Some medical billers and coders choose to work from home as employees of businesses or hospitals.
Becoming certified in medical billing and coding typically leads to a higher salary and more advancement opportunities in the health information industry. Blackstone’s Medical Billing and Coding online training program prepares you to obtain the following certifications:

No matter what your interests, the medical billing and coding career with its diverse options of employers, and positions, likely holds the perfect opportunity for you and your dreams for the future. If you are ready to begin your medical billing and coding training and enter a respected profession with a competitive salary, high job security, and rewarding job responsibilities, get started with Blackstone’s accredited medical billing and coding program today.

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure a Medical Billing & Coding career. Questionsabout Blackstone Career Institute's medical billing and coding program? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Medical Billing & Coding Curriculum

Our accredited online Medical Billing and Coding Career Training Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a medical billing and/or coding clerk in a medical office, clinic or hospital. Our program consists of practical lessons and hands on experience needed when entering the medical billing and coding career including the ICD-10 training needed in today’s health information industry. See curriculum details below:

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Unit I: Blackstone Skills for Success

  • Covers learning styles; instrinsic versus extrinsic motivation; self-efficacy and self-determination; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners; and field dependence versus field independence.
  • Covers study skills, including choosing a place to study; scheduling time, goal setting; monitoring your study sessions; and avoiding procrastination.
  • Covers learning strategies, including SQ3R; note-taking skills; memory tricks; references; and how to take multiple choice tests.
  • Covers basic keyboarding skills using Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor.

Unit II: Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Covers how computers are used in the office today, the different types of computers, and the parts of a computer system.
  • Covers the Internet, the World Wide Web (WWW), URLs, the different types of Internet connections, search engines, email, and other uses for the Internet.
  • Covers other types of electronic communication including wireless communication.

Unit III: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 1: An Introduction

  • Explains how medical terms are constructed and analyzed to determine meaning; discusses types of medical terms; explains the function of combining vowels and how terms are pluralized.
  • Covers prefixes relating to number, size, color, negation, position and direction, as well as those with the same meaning or opposite meaning.
  • Covers common roots and combining vowels as well as suffixes which indicate the word’s part of speech; also discusses suffixes related to pathologic conditions, diagnoses, and surgical incisions.
  • Introduces the body cavities, body planes, and directional terms.

Unit IV: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 2

  • Discusses the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system, including the bones; the axial and appendicular skeletons; and the joints and ligaments; also provides a list of relevant medical terms.
  • Covers the muscular system, including the types of muscles and their functions, and related diseases and disorders; lists relevant medical terms.
  • Provides and overview of the integumentary system, including the skin, hair and nails; discusses diseases and disorders as well as lists relevant medical terms.
  • Covers the respiratory system—including the nose, pharynx and lungs—as well as diseases and disorders related to this system; lists relevant medical terms.

Unit V: English Usage and Written Communication

  • Covers the parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
  • Covers the parts of a sentence, including the subject, predicate, direct and indirect objects, subject complements, phrases, and clauses.
  • Covers pronoun/antecedent agreement and pronoun usage; explains how pronouns are used in sentences; covers subject/verb agreement.
  • Covers sentence types and sentence punctuation.
  • Covers fundamentals of written communication, including using active versus passive voice, writing unified and coherent paragraphs, and writing topic sentences for paragraphs.
  • Discusses common types of business communication, including business letters and memorandums.

Unit IV: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 3

  • Covers the cardiovascular system, including the structure of the heart, function of blood vessels, and related disorders and diseases; lists relevant medical terms.
  • Discusses the function and parts of the urinary system, including kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Introduces the digestive system, including the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and accessory organs; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Covers the peripheral and central nervous systems, their function, related diseases and disorders, and medical terminology.

Unit IV: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 4

  • Discusses the glands that make up the endocrine system as well as related diseases and disorders; also lists relevant medical terms.
  • Provides an overview of the anatomy of both the eyes and the ears (the sensory system); covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Covers the blood, lymphatic, and immune systems and their functions; discusses relevant diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.
  • Provides an overview of both the male and female reproductive systems; covers related diseases and disorders as well as medical terminology.

Unit VIII: Introduction to Pharmacology

  • Covers consumer safety and drug regulations; discusses drug laws, the FDA, DEA, and laws affecting healthcare workers.
  • Covers drug names and references; discusses classifications, drug names, legal terms relating to drugs, and terms indicating drug actions, drug references, and drug cards.
  • Covers sources and bodily effects of drugs; discusses how drugs are processed by the body; explains absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and other variables, and unexpected responses to drugs.
  • Covers medication preparation and supplies; discusses standard drug forms and supplies.
  • Lists and discusses abbreviations and systems of measurement.

Unit IX: Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

  • Discusses concepts of professional development including attitude, self-esteem, professional attire, business etiquette, verbal and nonverbal communication, introductions, time and stress management, and continuing education.
  • Discusses medicolegal ethics in healthcare; covers the code of ethics; discusses aspects pertaining to the healthcare record including the purpose of ownership, how to correct mistakes, the difference between privileged and non-privileged information, and the importance of timeliness.

Unit X: Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 1

  • Covers the roles and responsibilities of the health insurance specialist; discusses medical billing and coding employment opportunities, basic skill requirements, and professional certification.
  • Gives an introduction to health insurance; defines health insurance; discusses disability and liability insurance and the major developments in health insurance, health insurance coverage statistics, and third-party reimbursement methods.
  • Discusses managed health care and its history; presents six managed care models; discusses the accreditation of managed care organizations, government managed care ventures, and the effects of managed care on administrative procedures in a physician’s practice.
  • Explains the life cycle of a medical insurance claim including the development of the claim, the new patient interview and check-in procedure, an established patient return visit, and post clinical check-out procedures; explains how insurance companies process claims and how insurance claim files are maintained.
  • Covers the legal and regulatory considerations; explains confidentiality of patient information; discusses the retention of patient information and health insurance records, the Federal False Claims Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
  • Covers ICD-10-CM coding, including coding guidelines, primary and principal diagnosis coding, principal versus secondary procedures, and coding qualifying diagnoses; explains the basic steps for using the index and the organization of the tabular list; discusses considerations to ensure accurate ICD-10-CM coding.
  • Covers CPT coding; discusses the CPT coding system, format, symbols, conventions, and index; explains the basic steps for coding procedures and services.

Unit XI: Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 2

  • Covers the HCPCS Coding System; explains how this system is organized; gives HCPCS national (Level II) codes and how these codes are assigned; explains how HCPCS national (Level 11) modifiers are assigned.
  • Discusses HCFA reimbursement issues; explains the Medicare fee schedule, and HCFA regulations that impact reimbursement.
    Covers coding from source documents; explains how to apply ICD-10-CM coding guidelines; discusses CPT/HCPCS billing considerations; gives coding clinical scenarios; discusses how medical and operative reports are coded.
  • Gives essential HCFA-1500 claim form instructions, general billing guidelines, and optical scanning guidelines; discusses the reporting guidelines and restrictions covering the following claim form items: diagnoses, date entry, procedures, modifiers, charges, diagnostic reference numbers, and units; explains why the billing entity’s employer tax identification number (EIN) should appear on the claim; explains the four processing steps that must occur before a completed form can be mailed to the insurance company; discusses how to set up a tickler filing system for completed claim forms.
  • Discusses how commercial claims are filed; explains how to determine the status of primary and secondary commercial claims; explains how to complete commercial primary and secondary fee-for-service claims and commercial primary supplemental fee-for-service claims accurately; explains how to create a comparison chart as an aid to mastering the details of completing claim forms.

Unit XII: Introduction to Insurance Billing and Coding 3

  • Covers Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans; explains the function of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Association; lists four distinctive features that make the BCBS plans different from other commercial medical insurance programs; compares and contrasts the advantages of being a BCBS participating provider versus being a non-participating provider; describes the features of BCBS basic benefits; lists typical services found in Major Medical coverage; explains the benefits of special accidental injury riders/clauses.
  • Covers Medicare; discusses medical eligibility, enrollment, Part A and Part B coverage, participating providers and nonparticipating provider restrictions; gives step-by-step claim form instructions; discusses situations where Medicare is the secondary payer.
  • Covers Medicaid; presents the legislative background of Medicaid and Federal eligibility requirements; discusses Medicaid services and the relationship between Medicaid and Medicare; discusses situations where Medicaid is the secondary payer.
  • Covers TRICARE; presents TRICARE administration, options, programs and demonstration projects and service centers; discusses preauthorization, limited charges, supplemental plans, and billing information; gives primary claim instructions and secondary payer claim instructions.
  • Cover workers’ compensation; discusses Federal compensation programs and state-sponsored coverage, eligibility, and classification of on-the-job injuries; explains the OSHA Act of 1970 and the special handling of workers’ compensation cases, first report of injury, progress reports; gives claim instructions.

Unit XIII: Medical Office Practice 1

  • Introduces medical informatics, or the use of computers and computer information technology in health care, and issues related to the privacy and security of medical information.
  • Introduces the Medisoft environment and its terminology. Covers the use of MediSoft in the medical office, including relevant terminology, the use of various coding systems, the role of MediSoft in accounting, the claims submission process, and MediSoft’s various accounting reports.
  • Covers how to create, and edit scheduled visits, as well as how to check patients in, create lists and verify insurance information.
  • Introduces how to enter patient information within the Medisoft database.
  • Covers case information in MediSoft, as well as editing, saving and printing information.

Unit XIV: Medical Office Practice 2

  • Describes transaction entry, including entering, editing and applying payments and charges. Also covers refunds and receipt management.
  • Explains the process of submitting electronic claims and the common health insurance plan varieties.
  • Discusses the different payment types and how a patient’s fee is calculated.
  • Covers the importance of reports and the various types used in a medical office.
  • Covers the various aspects of collection, including notices, laws, and types of payment.

Unit XV:Medical Office Practice 3

  • Provides simulated practice in creating appointments and registering patients.
  • Provides simulated practice in claims, cases, and transactions.
  • Provides simulated practice in creating reports, collections, and letters to patients.
  • Summarizes the simulations completed in chapters 11 through 13 for a cumulative review.

Unit XVI: Practical Applications of Coding 1

  • Provides an introduction to medical coding including careers; required skills; fraud and abuse; tools of the trade; and the types of coding.
    Covers ICD-10-CM coding, including history and use; V, E, and M codes; categories, subcategories and subclassifications; coding conventions; basic steps; coding for infections, diabetes, obstetrics, neoplasms, injuries, complications and late effects.
  • Covers HCPCS II coding, including history; format; hierarchy; code revisions; the index; accuracy tip; and a medication flow chart.
  • Covers CPT coding basics, including symbols; unlisted codes; illustrations; anesthesia; surgical guidelines; radiology and pathology guidelines; category II and III codes; errata; and tips for selecting the correct code.
  • Covers evaluation and management codes, including guidelines and criteria; selecting the E/M code for the most common procedures; CMS 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines; and the CPT code book.
  • Covers coding for anesthesia and general surgery, including a review of body systems and procedures performed. Discusses the application of physical status modifiers.
  • Covers coding for the integumentary (skin) system, including assigning ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and CPT procedure codes. Discusses official coding guidelines and provides common terms related to disorders of the skin and dermatology procedures.
  • Covers the proper application of coding rules and conventions for the ICD-10-CM and CPT systems as applied to orthopedics. Explains the most common disease and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, and bone infections.

Unit XVII: Practical Applications of Coding 2

  • Covers the many facets of the modern cardiology practice and applicable coding guidelines. Includes basic cardiac anatomy and terminology as well as non-invasive and invasive procedures.
  • Discusses obstetrics and gynecology, including a review of female reproductive anatomy and physiology as well as OB/GYN terminology, and assigning the proper ICD-10-CM and CPT codes.
  • Covers specialized coding in radiology, pathology and laboratory procedures. Discusses diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.
  • Reviews the Medicine chapter in the CPT and covers identifying the variety of service categories in the CPT. Discusses the modifier rules for the codes in these series.
  • Covers proper medical billing techniques and the collection of payment in the outpatient setting. Includes patient registration and preparation of the ledger card.
  • Discusses ambulatory patient groups, cycle billing, monthly billing and computerized billing, and collection techniques.
  • Focuses on the completion of the CMS-1500 claim form for commercial and government insurance carriers. Also covers various types of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, CHAMPUS, TRICARE, CHAMVA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Covers the typical payment cycle for physician office services and defines multiple processes that affect financial results. Includes auditing, appeals and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Provides an overview of in-patient hospital-based medical billing. Covers hospital based ICD-10-CM coding and guidelines. Discusses the inpatient prospective payment system.

Unit XVIII: How to Find a Job in Healthcare

  • Covers medical billing and coding job-search correspondence, including resumes and cover letters.
  • Discusses job-search techniques such as networking and using online employment search engines.
  • Discusses job interviews; explains how to dress for an interview, what to bring to an interview, what to expect during an interview; discusses common questions asked during a job interview and how to follow up after an interview.

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure a Medical Billing & Coding career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Medical Billing & Coding Materials

Start your path to success ... Earn your medical billing and coding certificate online!

Once you enroll in the Blackstone Medical Billing and Coding Training Program, you’ll receive the following course materials—all included in your tuition:

Blackstone Medical Billing and Coding Online Training Study Guides

Eighteen separate units designed by Blackstone Career Institute will guide you through the Medical Billing and Coding online training course. These study units are broken into smaller sections, which will allow you to better process and retain the material in the readings. Each study unit chapter includes objectives, an overview, teacher's notes, and a self-check.

Medical Billing And Coding Online Courses Handbook Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office, by Marilyn T. Fordney, Elsevier Publishers

ISBN: 9781455733255. This e-book is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement. The book covers managed health care, legal and regulatory issues, medical coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans. You will receive this text with Study Unit 10.


Optum360 EncoderPro.com Expert

Blackstone Career Institute OPTUM LogoThis resource provides online access to a powerful search application for all CPT®, HCPCS Level II, ICD-9-CM, and ICD-10-CM and -PCS code sets as well as Optum360 and Medicare coding guidelines to ensure coding accuracy, improve billing performance, and reduce rejected claims. Complimentary monthly updates let you code confidently throughout the year. (CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association)

Medical Billing Certification HandbookComputers in the Medical Office - 9th Edition, by Susan Sanderson, McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 9780078138621: The e-book Computers in the Medical Office provides a hands-on approach to learning one of the most popular medical office billing and practice management software packages available. The e-book comes with online access to a MediSoft V19 simulated practice program so that you can practice your skills using the same software used on the job.



Medical Coding Classes Online Step by Step Medical Coding - by Carol J. Buck, Elsevier

ISBN: 9780323389198 This comprehensive medical coding text is written by educators and experienced coders to help learners master the complexities of medical coding. This expanded edition addresses a variety of medical specialties including dermatology, cardiology, primary care, and orthopedics, and tackles the common coding problems encountered in the real world. Medical coding exercises provide practice for learners and enable them to test their knowledge, helping to round out your medical billing and coding online training.


Medical Coding Certification DictionaryStedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Online

ISBN: 978-1608316922. Defining more than 56,000 terms, Stedman's gives clear definitions in nursing and allied health professions. You will have one year of online access to this valuable reference, which includes audio pronunciations, images, and nearly 50 videos presenting anatomy in motion - a valuable resource that enhances your medical billing and coding online training.


Medical Billing And Coding Certification HandbookEssentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, by Ruth Woodrow, Delmar Publishers

ISBN: 9781435480339 This e-book introduces you to pharmacological terminology; common drug classes, forms, dosages and routes of administration; abbreviations and symbols; and systems of measurement.


Blackstone's Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone's Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Access to Blackstone's Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:

Financial Assistance

Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA program).

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure a Medical Billing & Coding career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Medical Billing & Coding Tuition

Medical Billing and Coding Training Cost- Enroll for $59!

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable cost. Everything you need to get started in this exciting career working with Medical Billers and Coders is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your budget and get started today!

Available Payment Plans

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The Medical Billing & Coding Tuition Fee Includes:

  • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
  • Access to our Online Student Center
  • Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms
  • Full student services and support during your program
  • Latest edition e-textbooks included with your course
  • Comprehensive study guides prepared by faculty and reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Exam grade reports with references for incorrect answers
  • Automatic six month time extension-a $250 value
  • Official BCI school transcript
  • An embossed Medical Billing and Coding diploma upon completion of program requirements

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Methods of Payment

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You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express to securely enroll online. You may also pay your tuition fee in full by money order, corporate check or personal check.

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International Student Policy:

International, Alaskan, Hawaiian and Canadian students are required to participate under the full payment plan only. There is an additional charge for shipping/handling of all materials. Please refer to the International Training page for requirements or call (800) 826-9228 prior to enrollment. AK, HI, Canadian and international students may be required to pay extra duties required by customs authorities at the time of receipt of study material.)


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Some students may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement of their paralegal school tuition by their employers. Your company may be able to take advantage of The Employee Education Assistance Act (IRS Code, Section 127). Check with your supervisor or personnel department.

Student Tuition Protection Policy:

We offer a generous student tuition protection policy that covers cancellations and refunds. Review our policy here.

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an exciting entry level Medical Billing & Coding job. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Resources for Medical Billing & Coding Careers

Career Resources include sites that specifically relate to medical billing & coding careers. Find organizations to join and increase your networking abilities. Many of these organizations and associations have their own newsletters or magazines, job databases, and certification exams. You will also find links to other relevant web sites for medical billing and coding careers, as well as books, software or journals that can help as you build your professional knowledge. Explore online resources below in the following categories:

Medical Billing & Coding Associations

American Academy of Professional Coders
Medical Association of Billers
American Medical Billing Association
American Health Information Management Association
National Association of Healthcare Consultants

Medical Billing & Coding Resources

EMR Medical Billing Software & Practice Management System
Medical Billing and Coding.net
Medical Coding and Billing.com
Medical Billing and Coding Guide
Practice Managers Resource and Networking Community
dmoz: Open Directory Project
Business.com Directory

Job Resources for Medical Billing & Coding Careers

Medical Billing Jobs and Site Updates
Health Career Web
Healthcare Jobs
Absolutely Healthcare
Medical Workers.com
LinkedIn Job Search

Reference Sites for Medical Professions

Medical Dictionary
Medline Plus

Other References Sites

American Medical Association Atlas of the Body
Discoveryhealth.com Human Body Atlas
Acronyms and lnitialisms for Health Information Resources
National Library of Medicine
Library of the National Medical Society

Books, Journals, Software for the Medical Billing & Coding Profession

Fetchbook Info
The Medical Billing Handbook
The Medical Association of Billers

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State Licensing:  Because licensing and certification requirements differ from state to state, it is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work to determine the requirements. Prospective students should review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements. Simply click here to learn more on state licensing/regulatory boards and specific industry licensing information.