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  1. Regional Accreditation: Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1413, 800-621-7440, www.ncahlc.org). This means all students attending Herzing University are attending an accredited institution.
  2. State Approval: All programs at the Birmingham Campus of Herzing University are approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (100 North Union Street, P.O. Box 302000, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130-2000, 334-242-1998, www.ache.alabama.gov).
  3. Diploma in Practical Nursing: The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at the Birmingham Campus is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Avenue, Suite 250, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104, 334-293-5200, www.abn.alabama.gov). Consequently, graduates of the Practical Nursing program are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a practical nurse. The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at the Birmingham Campus does not have specialized programmatic accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org). ACEN was formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). No representation has been made as to when or if such accreditations will be obtained. New and current students should not plan on the program having said accreditation at the time they graduate. Some employers may prefer applicants from programs that have ACEN accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this accreditation on their hiring decisions.
  4. Associate of Science in Nursing—LPN to RN Bridge: The Associate of Science in Nursing—LPN to RN Bridge program at the Birmingham Campus is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Avenue, Suite 250, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104, 334-293-5200, www.abn.alabama.gov). Consequently, graduates of the LPN to RN associate program are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse. The Associate of Science in Nursing—LPN to RN Bridge program at the Birmingham Campus does not have specialized programmatic accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org). ACEN was formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). No representation has been made as to when or if such accreditations will be obtained. New and current students should not plan on the program having said accreditation at the time they graduate. Some employers may prefer applicants from programs that have ACEN accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this accreditation on their hiring decisions.
  5. Paramedic and EMT-Paramedic Programs: The Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic and the Diploma in Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic programs at the Birmingham Campus are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida, 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org).
  6. EMT-Basic and EMT-Advanced Program: The Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician—Basic and the Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician—Advanced do not have specialized programmatic accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida, 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org) and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. New and current students should not plan on the program having said accreditation at the time they graduate. Some employers may prefer graduates from a program with specialized programmatic accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this accreditation on their hiring decisions.
  7. Legal Studies: Graduates of the Associate of Science in Legal Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies programs available online at the Birmingham Campus are eligible to take the certified paralegal examination through the Association of Legal Assistants (www.nala.org). These online programs are not programmatically approved by the American Bar Association (ABA, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654-7598, 800-285-2221, www.americanbar.org). There are no plans to seek this approval for this online program. Some employers may prefer graduates from an ABA-approved program. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this approval on their hiring decisions.
  8. Health Information Management: The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and the Associate of Science in Health Information Management programs offered online by Herzing University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM, 233 North Michigan Avenue, 31st Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60601-5800 312-233-1100, www.cahiim.org). Students enrolling through this campus must take their core HIM courses online. Graduates of the Associate of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the registered health information technician (RHIT) certification exam, and graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management are eligible to take the registered health information administrator (RHIA) certification exam. Both exams are offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  9. Accounting: The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University, even when combined with the Herzing University MBA, may not fulfill all of the requirements for a graduate to take the certified public accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure as a CPA in some states/jurisdictions. In addition to requiring a specific amount of study beyond a bachelor’s degree (typically, a total of 150 semester credit hours, but this varies by jurisdiction), most states/jurisdictions require specific coursework, as well as several years of professional experience working in accounting, to be eligible to apply for licensure. Some states (including, but not necessarily limited to, Texas) require the accounting program to have a specific programmatic accreditation for graduates to apply for licensure as a CPA, which Herzing University programs do not have, and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state board of accountancy regarding CPA eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in any accounting program. Students planning to pursue certifications other than the CPA exam should also contact the respective certifying organization to confirm requirements for certification prior to enrolling in any accounting program.
  10. Business Programs: Herzing University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas, 913-631-3009, www.iacbe.org). Herzing University has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs. Candidate status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
  11. Other Programs: No other programs at this campus have specialized programmatic accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of specialized programmatic accreditation on their hiring decisions.

The Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist programs at Herzing University are focused on providing graduates with the specific skills and capabilities they will need to succeed as billers and coders in doctors’ offices, home healthcare services, outpatient care centers, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities. This includes a strong understanding of anatomy & physiology and different coding programs and procedures.

Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist Program Comparison Chart

Program availability varies by location.

ProgramCreditsMonths
Diploma in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist4412
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist6120
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management12436
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Diploma in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist

This diploma program is the first step in launching your career in medical billing and coding. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as medical billing specialists, medical coders, and insurance claims analysts. Download Program Course Sheet

Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist

This program takes what you learned in the diploma program and adds the general education classes needed for an associate degree. This provides more career flexibility and better chances for advancement. Download Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Graduates of the bachelor program will have the most career opportunity as well as the best potential for advancement. Not only do they have all the basics of coding, health sciences and general education, they also have business, accounting and management skills high-level management requires and will be prepared for management positions in the area of medical records and health information documentation. This program has a blended delivery, so some classes will be taught at the campus and some online (or entirely online, if the student chooses, except for the internship).  Download Program Course Sheet

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf .

The Herzing University Insurance Billing and Coding programs are designed to prepare students for the following certifications:

American Health Information Management Association

  • CCA Certified Coding Associate
  • CCS Certified Coding Specialists
  • CCS-P Certified Coding Professional (physician-based)


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