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

Concorde Career College

We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn. And at Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed – and get you into the workforce quickly.

Even in today’s economy, the demand for skilled healthcare professionals shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Guide to Industries (2010-2011 Edition), the healthcare industry will generate .2 million in new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 – more than any other industry.

Now’s a great time to get started – and to move toward a rewarding healthcare career.

Campus
  • San Bernardino
Programs
  • Medical Administrative Assistant

Medtech

Medtech remains committed to assisting its students with their educational journeys to change their lives through the ultimate self-improvement of education. Through our allied health and nursing programs, in addition to short-term courses, we are able to meet the diverse needs of the students and the communities which we serve. We are confident that each and every student can receive an extraordinary experience with Medtech.

Campus
  • Indianapolis
Programs
  • Medical Practice Administrator

Heritage College

Every Heritage school (Heritage Institute & Heritage College) helps real people build real careers. Our schools offer programs and degrees for a career as an X-Ray Medical Technician®, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Surgical Technologist, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, or Cosmetologist. Please note that all programs may not be offered at all schools.

Campus
  • Little Rock
  • Kansas City
Programs
  • Hospital and Health Services Management®

Platt College

Find out where the future can take you with an outstanding college education. At Platt College, you’ll find the career-specific programs and training for the careers you really want. Come explore a variety of career paths that fit your lifestyle in a positive learning environment that combines real-world experience with small, private college instruction. Classes are conveniently scheduled during morning or evening hours to work around outside employment commitments. For working adults, Platt’s curriculum offers a way to continue earning a living while studying for a new career.

Campus
  • Riverside
Programs
  • Associate of Science; Medical Administrative Specialist

Stevens-Henager College

Students of Stevens-Henager College enjoy:

  • Monthly starts that allow students to start fast and finish fast
  • A new laptop computer to use in school and keep upon graduation
  • Financial aid, grants and scholarships available to those who qualify
  • Employment assistance for graduates
  • Convenient day, evening and online classes
  • Personal attention from enrollment to graduation and beyond
Campus
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Nampa, ID
  • Boise, ID
  • Salt Lake City, UT
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

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