Medical Billing and Coding Program - Associate Degree
Due to an aging population and innovative medical technology, the medical billing and coding field is growing.Medical billing and coding specialists play an important role in the healthcare industry. As healthcare providers change from paper files to computerized files for patient records and billing, trained medical billing and coding professionals are needed to handle the data. They are responsible for making sure insurance companies and patients are billed correctly for the care they receive.
UMA’s Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding program helps you develop the knowledge and skills required for an entry-level position in this profession. The program delivers comprehensive training in coding healthcare services and processing healthcare claims. You study medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and disease processes. You also learn how to think critically and communicate clearly with physicians, patients and other professionals.
Start on a new path to a more successful future and attend classes on campus or online. *Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
What will I learn?
The dynamic curriculum of UMA’s Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding provides instruction in topics such as:
- Processing healthcare claims and medical records
- Coding medical and surgical procedures using proper terminology
- Understanding the fundamentals of coding accuracy and their impact on cash flow
- Applying financial and medical practice management skills
- Using medical billing and coding software
- Developing effective professional communication and time management skills
How long is the program?
UMA’s career-focused Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding may be completed in 18 months.
Where can I work?
Graduates can pursue entry-level positions with a variety of employers in the healthcare industry such as:
- Doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals
- Home health agencies and nursing homes
- Insurance and medical billing companies
- Medical group practices
Some key courses include:
Medical Basics and the Healthcare Claim Cycle
You learn basic concepts related to anatomy and medical terminology, as well as medical record documentation and its relationship to medical billing and coding services.
Medical Practice Management Systems and Billing and Coding Applications
This course provides an in-depth look at medical billing programs and how they are used for office transactions including patient registration, charge entry, payment posting, billing routines and report generation.
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS), CPT Coding and Surgical Procedures
This course provides an overview of basic coding principles of procedure using the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).
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*Additional eligibility requirements must be met.