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

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
  • Appleton
  • Green Bay
  • Woodbury
Programs
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assistant

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

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
  • Oklahoma City
  • Columbus
  • Little Rock
  • Cleveland
Programs
  • Hospital and Health Services Management®

Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

Campus
  • Fife
Programs
  • Certificate - Medical Office Administrative Assistant

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
  • Layton, UT
  • St. George, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Boise, ID
  • Nampa, ID
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

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