Medical Billing and Coding Training and Education

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Medical billing degreeLove to work on a computer? Have great attention to detail? Want a role in a healthcare setting? Medical billing and coding may be the career for you! Medical coding and billing specialists play the important role of submitting claims to insurance companies and ensuring that healthcare providers receive payment for services provided.

How can I become a medical billing and coding specialist?

With the thousands of diagnostic codes MBC specialists have to know, it’s important to receive medical billing and coding training. Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a healthcare education leader, offers a MBC education with two program paths to choose from: associate degree or diploma. Whichever option you choose, you are eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) licensure exam in as few as 10 to 18 months*.

UMA offers a medical billing and coding program online or at our Tampa campus. You can choose between a diploma program or an associate degree:

  • Medical Billing and Coding Diploma Program (42 - 52 weeks)
  • Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding (74 weeks)
     

Required Courses and Program Information

Required Courses:
Medical Basics and Healthcare Claim Cycle 5 Credits
Anatomy, Terminology and Healthcare Payers 4.5 Credits
Medical Terminology and Healthcare Setting & Claims Processing 5 Credits
Disease Processes and ICD-9-CM Coding 4.5 Credits
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS), CPT Coding and Surgical Procedures 5 Credits
Medical Practice Management Systems and Billing and Coding Applications 4.5 Credits
Coding with Simulation, CPC Prep, and CPC Review 2 Credits
Billing and Coding Applications with SimulationsExternship 5 Credits
Program Total 39 Credits
Required Courses:
Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
Medical Basics and Healthcare Claim Cycle 5 Credits
Anatomy, Terminology and Healthcare Payers 4.5 Credits
Medical Terminology and Healthcare Setting & Claims Processing 5 Credits
Disease Processes and ICD-9-CM Coding 4.5 Credits
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems (HCPCS), CPT Coding and Surgical Procedures 5 Credits
Medical Practice Management Systems and Billing and Coding Applications 4.5 Credits
Coding with Simulation, CPC Prep, and CPC Review 2 Credits
Billing and Coding Applications with SimulationsExternship 5 Credits
Total 48 Credits
General Education Courses:
English Composition 3 Credits
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
College Math 3 Credits
General Biology 3 Credits
Sociology 3 Credits
Total 15 Credits
Program Total: 63 Credits
Associate Degree:
Online
Diploma:
Online
Tampa
Associate Degree:
74 weeks*
Diploma:
42 - 52 weeks*


*These program lengths are based upon average completion times. Your individual completion time may vary. Click to read more about student success.
Average Annual Salary for Entry Level Medical Billing and Coding:*
$32,670

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes436013.htm

How will I find time for medical billing and coding school?

UMA’s medical billing and coding program allows you to choose the options that are right for you and your family. Along with offering two program paths, you can complete your medical billing and coding education at UMA’s Tampa campus or entirely online.

Even with the convenience of an online option, we understand that taking medical billing and coding classes means finding ways to balance life, childcare and other responsibilities. Know that most of our students succeed at both, relying on help from family, friends and SOAR, a free UMA resource that gives guidance on childcare providers, legal matters, personal or family issues and much more.

What will I learn in medical billing and coding classes?

Can you see yourself processing medical records and healthcare claims? Applying ICD-9 diagnosis and coding procedures? Ensuring forms have the information needed for reimbursement? UMA’s medical billing and coding classes teach these skills and more.  

Want to know exactly what to expect? Learn more about UMA’s medical billing and coding program.

How long will the MBC program take?

It depends! If you choose the diploma option, you could finish in as few as 10 months.* Deciding to earn your associate degree means graduating in as little as 18 months.*

Should I go for the diploma or associate degree?

That’s a decision only you can make, but we’re happy to walk you through the differences between both programs.

  • The diploma program takes as few as 10 months and the associate degree can be completed in as few as 18 months
  • Both programs qualify you to take the Certified Professional Coder® licensure exam
  • Both programs have a common set of core courses
  • Earning an associate degree gives you the chance to build on core courses and acquire in-depth knowledge that may make you more marketable in the workplace

What if I choose to learn online instead of on-campus? What’s it like?

So many of our students love the freedom and flexibility of online learning, which provides the same quality education as you would get on campus. The instructors are experienced in your area of study. You have access to tutors. And advisors can walk you through and give guidance on any issues.

What’s the cost of training for medical billing and coding?

Tuition and registration fees for UMA’s medical coding and billing classes are competitive with many other private institutions. View and compare the cost of our diploma and associate degree programs below.

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Associate-degree holders earn, on average, $130 more weekly than those with lesser degrees or certifications.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes select the diploma or associate degee below.


For more information on all of UMA’s programs student graduation rates, retention and placement rates, and student financial obligations, click here.

Have questions? Need help figuring out how to pay for training for medical billing and coding? Federal financial aid is available for students who qualify – and UMA’s Student Finance Advisors can help you figure out if you’re one of them.

What happens after I graduate?

Whether you earn a diploma or associate degree, finishing your medical billing and coding classes means being qualified to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).


How will I find a job?

There are a lot of benefits to being a UMA student, like access to advisors, instructors and an  education on skills and knowledge for the allied health industry. UMA offers job-search assistance through our Career Services department and this starts just before you graduate and continues after you graduate and throughout your career.


Interested? Let’s talk.

Training for medical billing and coding means being on your way to an entry-level career. Give us a call at 888-205-2510! We can answer your questions and help you get started.