Medical Billing and Coding Degree

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Earn Your Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding Degree Online

Enhance your skills and prepare for a career in the growing allied health industry with a Medical Billing and Coding degree from Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA).

Medical Billing and Coding Degree!Healthcare providers are increasingly transitioning
to electronic records and billing systems. This has helped drive demand for qualified medical billing and coding professionals, creating opportunities for professionals with the right skills and training.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 20% employment growth for medical records and health information technicians (including medical billers and coders) between 2008 and 2018.* If you’re considering a career in healthcare, earning a Medical and Billing Coding degree can augment your skills and prepare you for entry-level jobs in this expanding field.

How You'll Benefit From UMA's Medical Billing and Coding Degree

The Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding degree program
builds on the core courses of our Medical Billing and Coding diploma training program, adding further instruction in business, communication and healthcare to round out the career-focused curriculum. UMA’s associate degree program provides a comprehensive education that can prepare you to:

  • Process healthcare claims and medical records
  • Accurately code medical and surgical procedures using proper terminology
  • Understand the fundamentals of coding accuracy and their effect on cash flow
  • Apply financial and medical practice management skills
  • Use medical billing and coding software
  • Demonstrate ICD-9 diagnosis and coding procedures
  • Develop effective professional communication and time management skills

Students nationwide can choose to enroll in UMA’s online Medical Billing and Coding degree program. This industry-relevant associate degree program can be completed in as few as 18 months and graduates are prepared to seek entry-level positions with a variety of healthcare providers such as hospitals, physicians’ offices and outpatient care centers. As a student in this program, you’ll receive instruction designed to build skills, with courses such as:

  • Medical Basics
  • Healthcare Claim Cycle
  • Anatomy and Medical Terminology
  • Healthcare Payers
  • Healthcare Settings and Claims Processing
  • Medical Practice Management Systems
  • Career Management

How You Can Prepare for a Medical Billing and Coding Career

The UMA Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding degree program is led by instructors who are committed to helping you take advantage of opportunities in the growing healthcare field. Successful completion of your Medical Billing and Coding training includes UMA’s Think, Build, Live SuccessTM (TBLS) training, a life skills and self-empowerment curriculum built into all of our programs of study. TBLS will also assist you with the job search process, covering job-search techniques such as contacting prospective employers and tracking leads.

Upon completing the Medical Billing and Coding degree program, UMA students are prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Employment Opportunities for Graduates With an Associate Degree in Medical Billing and Coding

UMA’s Associate of Science in Medical billing and Coding graduates may apply for entry-level positions as a medical billing specialist, medical coder or insurance claims analyst. Holding an associate degree may provide an advantage when applying for jobs and seeking future promotional opportunities in the field.

UMA will help you take the first step to a rewarding medical billing and coding career among the ranks of America’s allied health professionals!

Learn more about UMA’s AS in Medical Billing and Coding degree courses >>

For more information about UMA’s Associate of Science in Medical Billing and Coding degree or to apply for admission, please contact us today.

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* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition. “Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.” <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos103.htm>

Fact Box:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (including Billers and Coders) is expected to grow over 20% between 2008 and 2018.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE CURRENT COST OF THIS PROGRAM?
       
A: Registration Fee $ 150.00
  Tuition (including books) $ 25,600.00

The amount quoted does not factor in individual circumstances such a transfer credits, repeated courses and/or price changes. One set of books is included in tuition but students are charged for any book replacements. UMA does not offer on-campus room and board.
Q: WHAT IS THE REPORTED GRADUATION TIME FOR THIS PROGRAM, ASSUMING CONTINUOUS, FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT?
   
A: The normal time for this program is 74 weeks. 77% of graduates from this program finished in this time.
 
The graduation rate is calculated based on the cumulative results of UMA students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The actual length of the program will vary from normal time based on individual circumstances such as choosing to attend part time, failing or retaking a course or courses, changing programs, or choosing to take a greater than full-time course load. Since normal time includes weeks when students may not be attending classes, it also differs from the amount of instructional time, as further specified in the UMA catalog. The graduation rate is calculated using the formula provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Q:

WHAT IS THE JOB PLACEMENT RATE FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING THE PROGRAM?
   
A: The job placement rate for students who complete the program from the UMA Online campus is 60%.
 
This is the placement rate for students graduating from the program during the 2011-12 Award Year who were reported as placed to UMA’s accrediting agency, ABHES. The rate was calculated using ABHES methodology. Placements may or may not be in the standard occupations published in these disclosures.
Q: WHAT FINANCING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR THIS PROGRAM?
   
A: In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, students may use loans to finance their education. The median loan debt for program graduates is as follows:
 
  Title IV: $ 16,562
  Private: $ 0
  Institutional: $ 0
 
 
 
The median loan debt for Federal loans is calculated based on students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, using the formula provided by the U.S Department of Education. An individual's loan debt will vary based on individual factors such as a student's decision to pay for the program from sources other than student loans or to borrow more than is needed to pay the direct costs of education, transfer credits, course failures, and program changes. Private educational loan data are based only on information reported to UMA.

Important Notice:
To assist potential students in making an informed decision to attend UMA, and in accordance with U.S. Department of Education requirements, Ultimate Medical Academy publishes certain information for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The information contained in this document does not constitute a promise or guarantee of future performance. UMA reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees, modify programs of study and revise information at any time, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, standards and guidance. Numerous factors affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment. UMA cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation or employment for any student.

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