Learn to work in a front office and process medical claims.
Learn to work in a front office and process medical claims.
Start earning a degree or diploma and begin working toward a career path with Ultimate Medical Academy’s online Health Sciences - Medical Office and Billing Specialist degree program or Medical Office and Billing Specialist diploma program. In 11 or 18 months4, you can learn the foundational skills necessary to pursue entry-level roles in a growing field.15 Our 11-month diploma program offers a faster route toward completing your education by diving right into the core classes, and our associate degree program provides soft skills education to round out your degree in 18 months. UMA’s flexible study online curriculum is designed with you in mind.5 If you're looking for career training as a medical office and billing specialist, consider an online education at Ultimate Medical Academy.
Organization is a valuable trait in the front offices of healthcare facilities. If this interests you, and if you’re looking for a new career, UMA’s Health Sciences - Medical Office and Billing Specialist program could be what you’re looking for.
Medical office and billing specialists are people who work in a healthcare facility performing office duties and some billing responsibilities related to insurance for patient care. This also includes some aspects of medical coding and may involve working with patients face-to-face in non-care situations. If you’ve visited a healthcare facility, chances are you’ve interacted with these employees in the front office.
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As a student in either our Medical Office and Billing Specialist diploma program or the Health Sciences - Medical Office and Billing Specialist associate degree program, you’ll learn how the insurance billing process works, how to assign diagnostic medical codes, perform basic medical office duties, and more. UMA’s online courses cover a range of topics including types of insurance, billing regulations, HIPAA, and even practical skills related to handling patient encounters. Many employers need assistants with these kinds of skills, and the job opportunities in this field continue to grow.15
You’ll also receive preparation to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Certification prep is an important addition to this online career training offered at UMA and can help you stand out as a job candidate.
Both UMA’s online Medical Office and Billing Specialist diploma program and UMA’s online Health Sciences – Medical Office and Billing Specialist associate degree program offer an education that gives you the opportunity to build field-relevant foundational skills. The associate program includes soft skills to help you set yourself apart when looking for career opportunities.
Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.
Credits: 62 Approx. time to complete: 18 months4
Credits: 38 Approx. time to complete: 11 months4
Professionals in this field work in settings such as:
Why Choose UMA?
When you pursue an associate degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:
At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support teams can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.
Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the UMA online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.
An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future. We are proud to have supported more than 75,000 students through graduation so far. We’d love to help you, too!
Your associate degree doesn’t need to be the end of your education; UMA maintains agreements with various educational partners who share our values and our missions. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study.13 Find more information on UMA’s partner schools.
If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.
To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact a Student Finance advisor at 888-212-5421.
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So, with the coursework of a Medical Assistant student at UMA, I’ve been confronted with the challenges of phlebotomy skills, front office skills, balancing checkbooks, and doing accountant work. I am very happy that I decided to attend UMA because they have always helped me through whatever problems I’ve had. Whether it’s from hurricane support...
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Everyone here is like family, and the teachers want to do everything in their power for you to get it, for you to understand it, and for you to be perfect at it.
Joshua A. | UMA Graduate
I’ve always had a passion for helping people… With the education that I’ve attained, I’ve opened more doors than I thought could ever be possible.
Jennifer W. | UMA Graduate
Enrolling at UMA was probably the best decision that I have ever made.
Brittney J | UMA Graduate
I could not have asked for a better school.
Dominique B. | UMA Graduate
With discipline and with commitment, we can attain our goals. Even though we have our own personal struggles, there’s always a door that opens. Opening this door to UMA has been the best decision that I have ever made.
Leticia B. | UMA Graduate
I would describe my experience as a UMA student as joyful. I’ve enjoyed the entire experience. I can’t really put it into words how much I’ve enjoyed it.
Heather R. | UMA Graduate
When my mother was having surgery and I was in the hospital, I was thinking I could imagine myself actually doing things like this. I just wanted to do something in life where I would feel like I was not only helping myself but helping others as well.
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Medical Office and Billing Specialist, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Billing and Coding are all programs that UMA offers that prepare you to apply for medical office administration jobs in a medical office.
No. Certification for medical office assistant is generally not required. Some employers may prefer it. Certification is separate from career training and can help you stand out as a candidate for a position. For more information, see the section above entitled, “What is a medical office and billing specialist?”
There is a wide range of medical office education topics covered in coursework for the Medical Office and Billing Specialist program at UMA. They include medical terminology, the healthcare claim cycle, computer systems and software applications for the medical office, medical coding and more.
Online courses with UMA are designed to have flexible study time so you can train on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night.5 It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online academic support, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support, and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
Entry-level positions for this career field typically start in the lower range of estimated salaries, with the lowest 10 percent being $29,040 or less annually. UMA’s MOBS and HS-MOBS programs prepare graduates to pursue such entry-level positions and their median graduate salaries generally tend to be in this range, based on self-reported data from graduates shortly after graduation.
The median annual salary for all those in this career field (not just UMA graduates) is $37,450. The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $53,630. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.
Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.
Of course, you’re looking for the best school — for you. So, we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.
Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer medical office and billing specialist programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one academic support. Top schools that offer medical office and billing specialist training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services page.
Ultimate Medical Academy is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES.org), a national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Though UMA is not your traditional 4-year university or local community college, we offer online diplomas and degrees in 11 healthcare programs, some of which offer on-site externships and certification preparation — all intended to put you in a position to pursue a healthcare career after graduation.