You’re more than organized. You like creating structure. And you’re ready for a new career. Well, say hello to Ultimate Medical Academy and our Medical Billing and Coding programs.
As a UMA medical billing and coding student, you’ll learn how to interpret medical terms into the codes used for billing. You’ll become familiar with the insurance billing process, learn software applications and more. This is a rewarding career, and it’s growing in demand!1 Want to talk about it?
In some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.2 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.
UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.
Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification, which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.
Medical billers and coders hold positions in physician offices, insurance companies, medical offices and more. Graduates who successfully complete their certification may apply for positions as a medical coder, medical records clerk, health information clerk and medical records coordinator. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for this career field is projected to grow 36% between 2012 and 2022.3
How long is the diploma program?
10 months online or 12 months at UMA Tampa Campus (may vary according to individual student).
How long is the degree program?
17 months (may vary according to individual student).
*Arkansas Residents - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has requirements for coursework that are not contained in UMA programs for other states. Therefore, Arkansas residents must meet program requirements that are slightly different. These courses are required for residents of Arkansas.Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code § 6-61-301.
**Required Course for Arkansas residents
Q: What is medical billing and coding?
A: When healthcare providers record the details about the services they provide for a patient, they use a universal coding system called medical coding. The insurance companies require that the services they pay for be translated into this medical coding system. Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the process of translating medical products and services into the universal coding system.
Q: Want to know how to become a medical biller and coder?
A: You’ll need medical billing and coding training which includes teaching you how to use medical terms, how to translate them into medical codes, how the insurance billing system works and more.
Q: Where can I find medical billing and coding training?
A: Nowadays, you can find medical billing and coding training online and on campus. UMA offers both. The real question is which learning experience is better for you? Learn more about online learning at UMA.
Q: Is there a difference between medical billing and coding schools?
A: Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between medical billing and coding schools, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.4 UMA is a medical billing and coding school with a program that includes one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
Q: What types medical billing and coding classes would I take?
A: As a medical billing and coding student at UMA, you’ll take classes on a wide range of topics. You’ll study medical terminology, medical codes, the healthcare claim cycle, the human body (anatomy) and more. To see a complete list of the classes you would take at UMA to become a medical biller and coder, see the classes section on this page.
Q: Do you have to be certified to do medical billing and coding?
A: No. You do not need certification to work as a medical biller and coder. However, getting your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential could help you stand out in the field as an applicant. UMA can help you prepare to take the CPC exam after you graduate. To learn more, see the above section entitled, “Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.”
Q: How much does a medical biller and coder make?
A: You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical billing and coding salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about medical billing and coding salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
This program can be completed in as little as 10 months (online diploma), 12 months (Tampa Campus diploma) or 17 months (online degree).
90% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.
This program is offered at our Tampa campus (diploma only) or Online (diploma & degree).
For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Degree Medical Billing and Coding Classes and Diploma – Medical Billing and Coding Classes.
Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf
and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.
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