Associate's Degrees in Medical Billing & Coding

Medical Billing & Coding Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Medical Coding Specialist

Expected Salary

$32,350

Job Growth

21%

These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical billing and coding is one field in which an associate’s degree will go far. Medical billers and coders translate medcial procedures, patient conditions, and other medical information into universal codes, which are used to communicate treatment and reimbursement information to insurance providers and other third-party payers. Medical billing and coding specialists are needed constantly by healthcare facilities and insurance agencies.

These organizations prefer that medical billing and coding school graduates have a clinical background similar to that of a medical assistant, but the information intelligence of a paralegal.

Medical Billing & Coding Curriculum

An associate’s degree in medical billing and coding takes about two years. Programs usually cover the clinical foundation courses necessary to understand medical conditions, diagnoses and treatments, as well as the medical coding and billing practices you will be using while on the job. Courses may also cover the computer skills needed to perform the role of a medical biller or coder.

The course curriculum in a good medical billing and coding associate’s degree program will include courses like:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Records Management
  • healthcare Management
  • Diagnosis of Diseases
  • Pharmacology

In addition, students must complete courses in coding, communications, and interpersonal skills. You may also choose to advance your certification by taking courses in biology, chemistry, medical care and general sciences.

Career Options in Medical Billing & Coding

Medical billing and coding associate’s degree programs prepare you to become a medical billing and coding specialist. Usually this education is all that is needed to enter the job market.

Medical coders assign specific, unique codes to each disease, medical condition and treatment. Medical billers then use these codes to arrange reimbursement for the facility and its physicians. Doctor’s offices and healthcare organizations utilize these codes in order to collect internal data for planning purposes, while public and insurance agencies need them to pay the doctors who treat patients. This system is used throughout the healthcare industry, allowing medical organizations to communicate without losing information accuracy.

Medical billers and coders may find work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Insurance Providers
  • Outpatient Centers
  • Specialty Practices

Medical Billing & Coding Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now

National American University

National American University is about personal development and community. When you choose to attend NAU, you don’t just join a group of diverse students and faculty; you join a group of people from all walks of life sharing a unique experience.

Our staff is devoted to helping you balance your education with your personal and professional obligations – it’s our commitment. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.

Campus
  • Mesquite, TX
  • Lee's Summit, MO
Programs
  • Medical Staff Services Management A.A.S.

Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College – The Starting Point for Health Care Careers. With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions. Part of DeVry Education Group, Carrington College operates 18 campuses across 8 Western states through a broad range of programs that lead to certificates of achievement or associate degrees in medical, dental, administrative and veterinary fields.

Carrington College’s career-focused curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in their fields of study. Along with academic preparation and skills training, Carrington College students gain core institutional student learning outcomes in critical thinking, information management, and technical literacy. But it doesn’t end there. Personal and professional development, communication skills, respect, and responsibility are also emphasized throughout their education at Carrington College.

Students, faculty, and administrative staff at Carrington College are encouraged to pursue and achieve their highest potential. We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do and instill in our students the same aspirations. In doing so, we’re confident that our graduates will be prepared to begin working in the health care field and ready to meet the needs of patients.

Welcome to Carrington College. The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

Campus
  • Las Vegas
  • Stockton
Programs
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Administration

Salter College

Salter College, a private two-year college, offers an enriching balance of liberal arts and professional career education. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students through quality education and support services while fostering an environment that inspires academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and an interest in life-long learning and continued higher education.

Campus
  • Worcester (W. Boylston)
Programs
  • Medical Assisting - Associates

Globe University

At Globe University, we prepare students for exciting careers in high-value fields. Imagine getting paid for what you love doing. It all starts with career-based training at Globe University. We offer master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Our graduates are prepared for careers in business, health science, technology, legal science and creative media.

Campus
  • Woodbury
  • Madison West
  • Appleton
Programs
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assistant

Globe Education

At Globe University and Minnesota School of Business we prepare students for exciting careers in high-value fields. Imagine getting paid for what you love doing. It all starts with career-based training at any one of our Globe University or Minnesota School of Business campuses. We offer master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Our graduates are prepared for careers in business, health science, technology, legal science and creative media.

Here you will find a dynamic learning environment, with hands-on training that gives you the experience you need to succeed in the real world. We’re committed to helping you succeed, not only in your training, but in your chosen career.

Campus
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Richfield
  • St. Cloud
  • Lakeville
  • Blaine
Programs
  • Diploma in Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assistant

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