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  • What should I look for in top schools for medical billing and coding training?

    Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer medical billing and coding programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer medical billing and coding training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our our Ultimate Services? page.
  • Is there a difference between medical billing and coding schools?

    Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer medical billing and coding programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.1 UMA is a school that offers medical billing and coding training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance. 1. According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.
  • What’s it like to take medical billing and coding courses online?

    Medical Billing and Coding online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train for your career on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
  • How much does a medical biller and coder make?

    You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical billing and coding salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors.
  • What is medical billing and coding?

    When healthcare providers record the details about the services they provide for a patient, they use a universal coding system called medical coding. The insurance companies require that the services they pay for be translated into this medical coding system. Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the process of translating medical products and services into the universal coding system.
  • Do you have to be certified to do medical billing and coding?

    No. You do not need certification to work as a medical biller and coder. However, getting your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential could help you stand out in the field as an applicant. UMA can help you prepare to take the CPC exam after you graduate.
  • I completed secondary education in a foreign country and am unable to obtain a copy of my high school diploma or transcript. What should I do?

    You may document your high school completion status by obtaining a copy of a “secondary school leaving certificate” (or other similar document) through the appropriate central government agency (e.g. a Ministry of Education) of the country where the secondary education was completed. NOTE: UMA must determine whether the foreign secondary school credentials are equivalent of a secondary education in the United States.
  • Does UMA offer a nursing program?

    UMA does not currently offer a Nursing program, but we do have a Nursing Assistant program at our Clearwater campus, along with other allied healthcare programs through our online campus.
  • Does UMA offer Basic X-Ray Technician training?

    UMA does not currently offer any training for basic x-ray technician. You might want to consider programs like Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions at our Clearwater Campus, or online training for Medical Administrative Assistant or Medical Office and Billing Specialist. We also have other programs available depending on your healthcare education interests.
  • Does UMA leverage an autodialer or robocalls for telemarketing purposes?

    UMA respects the contact preferences of current, former and prospective students. We do not perform telemarketing using so-called “robocalls” or “autodialers”; when you receive a call from UMA about starting or resuming your education, it has been initiated by a UMA representative. To update your contact preferences with UMA, including requesting no telemarketing calls, use the UMA Cares hotline at 800-509-5474 or

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