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. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Informatics
      • Master of Health Information Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • BS in Health Information Management
      • Bachelor: Health Science
    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    2. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. South University

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    Master's
      • Healthcare Administration (MBA)
      • Healthcare Administration (MHA)
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    4. Grand Canyon University

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    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
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    5. Brenau University

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    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS: Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Public Administration - Healthcare Policy and Ethics
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    8. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Southern Careers Institute

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Online Programs Available
    10. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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