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
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
    Associate's
      • AS - Health Information Science
      • AS - Health Information Science Med. Coding Emph
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - General
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Leadership & Organizational Development
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Bachelor's
      • BS Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • M.S. in Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • B.S. in Health Sciences
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
    Master's
      • MA: Medical Sciences: Business Management
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Accounting
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Finance
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: General
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Leadership
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Healthcare Administration
      • BS: Informatics: Healthcare Informatics
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    9. Baker College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Healthcare Management - MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Healthcare Administration
      • Information Systems - Web Development
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
      • Master of Health Services Administration

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Purdue University Global

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

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Columbia Southern University

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Walden University

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Colorado State University Global

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Herzing University

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  • DBA: Healthcare Management
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