So, you’re organized and looking to offer healthcare employers a valuable skillset. Read on. You can get the training you need to do exactly that, at Ultimate Medical Academy.
As a UMA medical office and billing specialist student online, you’ll learn how the insurance billing process works, how to assign diagnostic medical codes, perform basic medical office duties and more. Employers are looking for the type of training UMA provides, and the job opportunities in this field continue to grow.1 If that sounds good to you, we should talk!
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 Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) 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 want need extra help.
Graduates with a diploma or degree and certification as a medical office and billing specialist can go on to entry-level positions as a biller, billing and filing specialist, customer service representative, front office staff and more. Working environments include physician’s offices, hospitals, insurance call centers and outpatient clinics to name a few. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the career field for Medical Office and Billing Specialists are expected to grow 36% from 2012 to 2022.3
Average program length is 10 months (may vary according to individual student)
Average program length is 16 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
***Minnesota Residents - Ultimate Medical Academy is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections §136A.61-136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Minnesota students will NOT be able to use the courses indicated above to satisfy the General Education/Elective requirements for UMA programs.
This program can be completed in as little as 10 months (diploma) or 16 months (degree).
97% of UMA students in this diploma program who responded to the survey were satisfied overall with their online classroom environment.
This program is offered Online.
For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Associate of Science in Health Sciences – Medical Office and Billing Specialist and Diploma - Medical Office and Billing Specialist.
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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I just want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the kind folks who answered my questions about what I wanted to accomplish in my later years of life. Thank you UMA, I'm ready to start the rest of my life. —Robert R., UMA Student
—Robert R., UMA Student