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

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.

Campus
  • Sacramento
  • Reno
  • Citrus Heights
  • Stockton
Programs
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Administration

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

College of Westchester

Since 1915, The College of Westchester (CW) has focused on the career success of its students. CW’s academic programs are carefully designed to provide the skills and competencies most desired by employers. Our campus environment is highly personal and our culture centers on service to students. CW faculty is selected based on experience, credentials and a caring attitude to bring real world knowledge to the classroom. The College’s technologies and web-enhanced learning tools give students anywhere, anytime connectivity to courses, professors, classmates and services. The College of Westchester offers an exceptional experience that can lead to a lifetime of achievement and success.

Campus
  • White Plains
Programs
  • Medical Office Specialist - Certificate

Kaplan College

Your educational needs. Our commitment.

At Kaplan College, we create programs with our students’ needs in mind. Our goal is to empower you with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed beyond the classroom. We offer a variety of programs at 40 campuses across 10 states in various degree levels to help train you for entry-level employment in a variety of rewarding careers.

Areas of Study*

  • Allied Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Nursing
  • Trades

Allied Health
Gain comprehensive training designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills that could help you pursue entry-level opportunities in the health care field. Experience the satisfaction of helping people when they need it most.

Criminal Justice
Maintain the security in our communities that will always be important to our society. Develop the decision-making and judgment skills that could help you pursue entry-level opportunities in the criminal justice field._†

Design
Transform your vision into exciting possibilities. Study the creative and technical processes, strategic planning, and effective problem-solving techniques that could help you succeed in the design field.

Information Technology
Maintain and repair the computer systems many organizations rely on to conduct day-to-day business. Through hands-on training in computer laboratories, you could develop the communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills to help you pursue entry-level opportunities in today’s competitive marketplace and become a productive member of a business office.

Legal
Play an important role in the legal field. Gain the confidence and experience that could help you stand out to employers and acquire the communication, research, and analytical skills to pursue entry-level positions in the legal field.‡

Nursing
Pursue a career in health care and assist others. Develop the skills and experience that could help you pursue entry-level opportunities in the nursing field and make a difference in patients’ lives.§

Trades
Train for the skills that could help you pursue new career opportunities. Experience comprehensive training with group discussions, lectures, and hands-on experience with equipment typically used in the field to help you develop the practical skills to pursue career success.§

The Kaplan Commitment℠

At Kaplan College, we believe commitment works both ways. We are dedicated to your success and value your reason for going to school. That is why we are offering you an opportunity to experience real classes, for real credits, for an introductory period before having a tuition obligation.#

Why Choose Kaplan College?

  • Flexible schedules
  • Tutoring
  • Academic services
  • Limited class sizes
  • Career placement assistance
  • Career-focused education
  • Hands-on training
  • Experienced faculty and staff

Start today by taking the first step with Kaplan College.


*Areas of study may vary by location.

_†Additional academy training may be required for law enforcement positions. Applicants to the criminal justice program in the state of Texas will require additional training approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) upon graduation in order to seek the following positions: police officer, peace officer, sheriff’s deputy, bailiff, and jailer.

_‡Paralegals are not lawyers and cannot practice law or give legal advice.

§Certain positions may require additional training, licensing, or certification.

#No credits will be earned if the student withdraws from the program. All students are responsible for an enrollment fee. Enrollment fee is nonrefundable in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Students must withdraw before the close of business on the last day of the introductory period for tuition exemption. Students continuing beyond the introductory course will be responsible for tuition in full and the cost of course materials, including textbooks and uniforms.

While programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields, the College does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, or employed at all.

Campus
  • Sacramento
Programs
  • Medical Office Specialist

California College San Diego

California College San Diego is a nonprofit institution that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The college offers fast, career-focused degree programs in healthcare, business and information technology. The goal of the college is to quickly and conveniently prepare you to become a competent professional to enter a career in your chosen field.

Campus
  • National City, CA
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

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