So, you’re organized and looking to offer healthcare employers a valuable skillset for use in a medical office. Read on. You can get the training you need to do exactly that, at Ultimate Medical Academy.
As a UMA medical office and billing specialist student online, you’ll learn how the insurance billing process works, how to assign diagnostic medical codes, perform basic medical office duties and more. Employers are looking for the type of training UMA provides, and the job opportunities in this field continue to grow.1 If that sounds good to you, we should talk!
In some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.2 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.
Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might want need extra help.
Graduates with a diploma or degree can go on to entry-level positions as a biller, billing and filing specialist, customer service representative, front office staff and more. Working environments include physician’s offices, hospitals, insurance call centers and outpatient clinics to name a few. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the career field for Medical Office and Billing Specialists are expected to grow 36% from 2012 to 2022.3
How long is the diploma program? 10 months (may vary according to individual student)
How long is the degree program? 16 months (may vary according to individual student).
*Arkansas Residents - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has requirements for coursework that are not contained in UMA programs for other states. Therefore, Arkansas residents must meet program requirements that are slightly different. These courses are required for residents of Arkansas.
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code § 6-61-301.
**Required Course for Arkansas residents
***Minnesota Residents - Ultimate Medical Academy is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections §136A.61-136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Minnesota students will NOT be able to use the courses indicated above to satisfy the General Education/Elective requirements for UMA programs.
Q: I want to be a medical office assistant. Can I do that with this program?
A: Yes. The UMA Medical Office and Billing Specialist program will qualify you to apply for medical office assistant jobs. You may want to consider our Medical Administrative Assistant program too.
Q: I want to be qualified to work in a medical office, so what programs should I consider?
A: Medical Office and Billing Specialist, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding are all programs that UMA offers that will qualify you to apply for medical office administration jobs to work in a medical office.
Q: What is a medical office and billing specialist?
A: Someone who works in a medical office performing office duties and some billing responsibilities related to insurance for patient care.
Q: Do I have to be certified to work as a medical office assistant?
A: No. Certification for medical office assistant is not required, but some employers may prefer it. Certification is separate from career training and can help you stand out as a candidate for the position. For more information, see the section above entitled, “Helping you prepare for your certification exam.”
Q: Is this program similar to medical office assistant schools?
A: Yes, very similar. As a student in the UMA Medical Office and Billing Specialist program, you’ll learn the skills you need to apply for and properly perform the job responsibilities for medical office assistant.
Q: What type of medical office training will I get in this program?
A: There is a wide range of medical office training 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.
Q: What’s it like to take medical office and billing specialist classes online?
A: Online classes 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 mobile app, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
Q: How much does a medical office and billing specialist make?
A: You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical office and billing specialist 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. If you’d like to learn more about the medical office and billing specialist salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
Q: What should I look for in top schools for medical office and billing specialist training?
A: Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer medical office and billing specialist programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer medical office and billing specialist training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.
This program can be completed in as little as 10 months (diploma) or 16 months (degree).
97% of UMA students in this diploma program who responded to the survey were satisfied overall with their online classroom environment.
This program is offered Online.
For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Degree – Medical Office and Billing Specialist Classes and Diploma – Medical Office and Billing Specialist Classes.
Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf
and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.
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