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. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Health Care Management
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Management/Health Care Mgmt
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    2. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Trident University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado Christian University

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    Associate's
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Health Care Management Concentration, MBA
      • Health Informatics and Information Management, MS
    Bachelor's
      • Health Services Administration, BS
      • Computer Information Systems , BS
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    8. Baker College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Healthcare Management - MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Healthcare Administration
      • Information Systems - Web Development
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Health Administration

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  • MBA: Health Care Management
  • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

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Trident University

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  • DBA: Healthcare Management

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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  • Health Informatics and Information Management, MS
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  • Computer Information Systems , BS

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  • Healthcare Management - MBA
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Information Systems - Web Development

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