Medical Billing and Coding Diploma

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Medical Billing and Coding Online

If you are detail-oriented and comfortable with computers, earning a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma from Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) can be the first step to a career in the expanding healthcare sector.

Demand for medical billing and coding specialists has risen as electronic billing systems have become an industry standard. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)* projects 20% employment growth for medical records and health information technicians (including medical billers and coders) between 2008 and 2018.

Medical Billing and Coding Diploma Online or On-Campus!Pursuing medical billing and coding training can prepare you to enter the allied health field with fundamental medical records management and insurance processing skills.

Medical Billing and Coding Specialists Play a Key Role in the Healthcare Field

Medical billing and coding professionals help healthcare providers run their practices more efficiently by assisting patients with insurance forms and managing financial records with specialized software programs. As more healthcare organizations transition to electronic records and billing systems, there will be ongoing opportunities for trained medical billers and coders to enter this growing allied health field.

UMA's training in medical billing and coding covers the core competencies recommended for a career in this field. It can help you develop the skills and knowledge to:

  • Process medical records and healthcare claims
  • Ensure forms contain the information required for timely reimbursement
  • Understand the proper terminology to accurately code medical and surgical procedures
  • Use industry-relevant software programs. 

Train for a Medical Billing and Coding Career in Less than a Year

With 39 semester credits, UMA's Medical Billing and Coding Diploma program can be completed in as few as 10 months. Whether you choose to attend UMA's Medical Billing and Coding courses online or on-campus in Tampa, Florida, you’ll follow the same industry-relevant curriculum and learn from instructors who are dedicated to helping you advance within the growing healthcare field.

Once you’ve finished the on-campus or online healthcare program, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). As you get ready to enter the job market, UMA Career Services personnel will help you identify and apply for employment opportunities that will help you achieve your career goals.

Employment Options for Professionals With a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma

UMA's Medical Billing and Coding diploma program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare and medical settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians' offices and dental practices.

Graduates of the program may apply for entry-level positions in the medical billing and coding field. Successful applicants may find employment in such roles as medical coder, medical billing specialist or insurance claims analyst. If you have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and would enjoy working with computers in a healthcare environment, formal training can lead to a career in medical records and billing.

For more information about UMA's Medical Billing and Coding Diploma program, please contact us today.

Footnote:
* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition. “Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.”

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) $ 15,400.00

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 42 weeks. 78% 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 70%, from the Tampa campus is 73% and from the Clearwater campus is 75%.
 
This is the placement rate for students graduating from the program during the 2011-2012 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: $ 9,502
  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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