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. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Health Care Administration, B.S.
    Associate's
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    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
    5. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Health Services Admin
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Medical Administrative Billing and Coding
      • Associate of Arts - Health Services Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    7. 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    8. College of Health Care Professions

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Laurus College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Billing and Coding (Occupational Associate)
  • Online Programs Available
    10. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Healthcare Administration
      • BS in Healthcare Administration/Health Informatics
    Associate's
      • AS in Healthcare Administration

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Technology Management
  • Bachelor: Health Information Management
  • Associate of Science - Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

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Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • BS in Health Care Administration

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Colorado Christian University

  • Health Care Administration, B.S.
  • Health Care Administration, A.S.

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Purdue University Global

  • MBA: Health Care Management
  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
  • BS in Health Information Management

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Keiser University

  • B.A. - Health Services Admin
  • Associate of Science - Medical Administrative Billing and Coding
  • Associate of Arts - Health Services Admin

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Brenau University

  • Post Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS Clinical Operations & Healthcare Management
  • MSHS in Biomedical Informatics
  • Dual Degree: BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Regulatory Affairs
  • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

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College of Health Care Professions

  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

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