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Medical Billing and Coding Online Diploma Program

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The Medical Billing and Coding online diploma program prepares you for an entry-level position as a medical biller and/or coder in a variety of healthcare settings, such as physician offices, multispecialty clinics, nursing homes, surgery centers, healthcare systems, and medical billing companies. The accuracy and timeliness of your work will be crucial to providers’ financial operations, and you serve as a valuable member of the healthcare team.

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Online Medical Billing and Coding Program Overview

The online Medical Billing and Coding program is intended to be a first step toward a career in an outpatient healthcare setting.

  • Demonstrate entry-level skills, knowledge, and behavior competence in administrative content, functions, and procedures, including current medical coding
  • Complete and submit claims to insurance carriers and perform related reimbursement activities
  • Understand fundamental principles, regulations, and statutes for performing within legal and ethical boundaries of the healthcare industry
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with constituents in the healthcare environment, including patients, medical personnel, and insurance carriers

Online Medical Billing and Coding Curriculum

The online Medical Billing and Coding diploma program consists of 60 total credits. You will take major core classes and general education classes. Please refer to the course list at the bottom of this page for more information.

The diploma program is 100% online, so you can take classes from the comfort of your home. That said, the program utilizes hands-on learning activities in a remote setting to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for the healthcare billing and coding profession. There is also a virtual practicum experience at the end of the program to prepare you to work in a medical office setting.

All academic courses are 100% online and subject to minimum class size requirements.

Medical Billing and Coding Major Core

37.5 credits

General Education Core

22.5 credits

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Medical Billing and Coding Certification Options

The Medical Billing and Coding diploma program doesn’t provide certifications. However, you will have the knowledge and background to pursue certifications through professional organizations such as the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Online Medical Billing and Coding Tuition and Fees

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Online Medical Billing and Coding Career Outcomes

Medical billers and coders play a vital role in the connection between health care providers, patients, and insurance companies. The online Medical Billing and Coding program sets you up for entry-level employment as a medical biller and coder in a healthcare setting. Medical billers and coders complete insurance claims, code patient diagnoses and also code for medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, submit medical claims according to government and insurance regulations, and coordinate communications between healthcare providers, insurance companies, and patients.

In addition to medical coding and billing specialist jobs, this online diploma program prepares you for employment as:
Medical records coordinator

  • Medical records technician
  • Health information specialist
  • Medical records clerk
  • Health information clerk
  • Medical records analyst

Medical billing and coding falls under the Medical Records and Health Information Technician career category. There were over 215,000 total jobs in 2018, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects much faster than average growth through 2028.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Online Medical Billing and Coding Program?

If you want a healthcare career that you can start in under two years, consider the online Medical Billing and Coding program. The diploma program offers maximum flexibility in a remote setting to prepare you for work.

You must have the following traits and skills to succeed in medical billing and coding:

  • Attention to detail: Accuracy is crucial when it comes to managing patient data and information.
  • Data analysis skills: You must follow and understand patient data and information to code them into medical records.
  • Technical skills: You need to be comfortable with computers, and you also need the background to learn electronic health record systems.
  • Communication skills: Communication is important in any medical office. You’ll connect with nearly all members of the medical team.

Course Listing (60 Credits)

HA3010D     Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Delivery

ME1140     Medical Terminology for Health Professions

ME2211     Human Pharmacology

ME2250     Medical Law and Ethics

ME2260     Medical Records Management

ME2515     Introduction to Pathophysiology

ME2611     Healthcare Coding and Billing I

ME2612     Healthcare Coding and Billing II

ME2630     Medical Billing & Coding Capstone

ME2650     Medical Billing & Coding Practicum

Communications

EN1150     Composition I

Science

SC1221     Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career:  Set Up for Success!  OR
CS1203     Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.