Online Degrees in Medical Billing: Career Info

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The healthcare industry has a growing demand for well-trained and highly educated professionals. Those with a desire to work as administrators at hospitals, medical offices, health insurance companies or clinics should consider an Online Medical Billing Degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management or a billing and coding certificate, which can lead to a variety of entry-level or management positions in the healthcare industry. Several colleges and universities offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs online.
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Basics of an Online Medical Billing Degree

Both 2-year and 4-year Medical Billing Degree programs are available online, although the bachelor's degree program is often known as health information management or health care administration. Coursework in a Medical Billing Degree program generally includes medical terminology, statistics, anatomy and physiology, billing and database management, quality improvement, medical coding, medical billing software and medical chart auditing.

What Can I Do With a Medical Billing Degree?

An associate's degree in medical billing generally leads to entry-level or higher positions as a medical billing clerk, while a bachelor's degree can lead to management positions. Other career opportunities include coding specialist, medical records specialist, billing coordinator, health information representative, claims processor, insurance verification specialist and hospital collections clerk, among others. Medical billing professionals work in hospitals, medical offices, clinics and health insurance companies, and an increasing number of medical billing clerks work at home.

Employment Outlook for Careers Related to a Degree in Medical Billing

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for medical billing specialists will only increase by 4% through 2016, but other positions in the medical billing field should increase faster than average. The average annual earnings for medical billing clerks in 2006 were $28,850, with similar earnings reported for other careers in the field (www.bls.gov). The Medical Billing National Conference is available through the American Medical Billing Association website (www.ambanet.net).

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    1. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    2. College of Health Care Professions

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    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Independence University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Health Services Management (BS)
      • Health Information Management (BS)
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Laurus College

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    Associate's
      • Medical Billing and Coding (Occupational Associate)
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

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    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. New England College

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    Bachelor's
      • BS in Healthcare Administration
      • BS in Healthcare Administration/Health Informatics
    Associate's
      • AS in Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Purdue University Global

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    Master's
      • MBA: Health Care Management
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Management/Health Care Mgmt
      • Master of Health Informatics
      • Master of Health Information Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • BS in Health Information Management
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Clinical Operations & Healthcare Management
      • MSHS in Biomedical Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Dual Degree: BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Regulatory Affairs
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
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    10. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Healthcare Management

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Northcentral University

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