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 program.
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. 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
Average program length is 10 months online or 12 months at UMA Tampa Campus (may vary according to individual student).
Average program length is 17 months online (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
This program can be completed in as little as 10 months (online diploma), 12 months (Tampa Campus diploma) or 17 months (online degree).
More than 92% of UMA students in this diploma program who responded to the survey said their instructors were knowledgeable in the subject matter and relayed it to the class clearly.
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: Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding and Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding.
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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—Tammi K., UMA Student