Launch a career in medical billing with an associate degree
- 100% online classes you can take right at home
- Typical program length: 20 months
- Transfer up to 45 approved credits
- Become prepared for the Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBSC) certification exam upon graduation
- Discover bachelor’s degree pathways to further your allied health college education
Medical Billing and Insurance associate degree courses & curriculum details
This program combines foundational medical billing and insurance courses with the general education classes needed for an associate degree, which will give you greater career flexibility and advancement opportunities.
Build strong fundamentals in medical billing and insurance procedures and position yourself best for continued education in a bachelor’s degree program (such as health information management).
All classes are delivered online with a required internship or research project.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
All courses, 25.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Open Elective Courses
A minimum of 6.00 semester credit hours of open health focused electives is required.
Required Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
♢8.00 semester credit hours are required. (6.00 of these semester credit hours will satisfy general education science requirements)
Required Internship or Research Project
4.00 semester credit hours are required.
* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this internship due to state restrictions.
** Enrollment in a student readiness training is required two terms prior to internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.
General Education Requirements
Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science ♢ 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences ♢Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.
What about medical coding?
You may be considering pursuing a job as a medical billing and coding specialist. With enough education and experience you can potentially excel wearing both hats.
However, healthcare revenue cycle management takes both medical billing and medical coding—and the jobs aren't the same.
There are separate career opportunities down both tracks, especially in regard to entry-level positions in larger institutions.
If you consider yourself more introverted (and not as enthusiastic about working with patients!) you may be interested in enrolling in a medical coding associate degree program.
What certifications will I be eligible for?
Graduate with a degree in medical billing and insurance from Herzing University and you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Herzing University’s curriculum includes a course dedicated to help you prep for the exam. The class includes didactic training and a variety of review methodologies.
After graduation from our medical billing degree program you will be eligible to take the CBCS exam and become certified.
Medical billing associate degree program enrollment prerequisites
Enrollment requirements for the Herzing University Medical Billing and Insurance degree program include:
- Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Achieve the minimum score on one of several options for entrance testing, including the Wonderlic, ACT or SAT.
- Meet with a Herzing admissions advisor
- Fill out an enrollment application
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What can I do with an associate degree in medical billing?
An associate degree in medical billing and insurance can help you qualify for many types of roles in healthcare institutions including hospitals, clinics, private practices or physician’s offices. Possibilities include::
- Medical Biller
- Medical Billing Specialist
- Medical Records Clerk
- Insurance Specialist
- Medical Insurance Representative
- Medical Billing and Insurance Associate
How can I advance my career? With Herzing University there are many potential career pathways after earning your associate degree. Transfer credit into bachelor’s degree options in allied health, including health information management, healthcare administration and health sciences.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of billing and posting clerks is expected to rise 10% from 2018-2028, faster than the 5% average across all U.S. occupations.
Now is an excellent time to start earning the undergraduate education you need to join the growing field of healthcare information.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), billing and posting clerks (including medical billers) earn an average salary of $40,620 per year ($19.53 per hour).*
With enough experience in the field, many medical billers may find jobs with the option to work from home. However, it can be difficult to find entry-level work-from-home positions. Expect to work your way towards qualifying for these competitive positions after graduating with a degree or diploma.
As a medical insurance billing specialist, you can typically expect a 40-hour work week in an office environment such as a healthcare facility or agency setting. Full-time Medical Insurance Billing Specialists may receive a comprehensive benefit package that includes health insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement savings plan such as profit-sharing or 401(k). Some employers have part-time opportunities available as well.
The Herzing University medical billing program features 100% online coursework with an optional internship or search project.
Medical billers are an important part of the healthcare revenue cycle management process. Medical billers work with medical coders to ensure that providers are paid appropriately for medical services rendered. Billers are responsible for:
- Sending information to the appropriate patients, insurance companies, doctors and medical facilities
- Processing insurance claims for billing and pursuing payment
- Following claims to ensure reimbursement is occurring
While software can automate certain tasks in a medical biller’s day-to-day workflow, there is still need for the human element in the medical billing process, including case-by-case decision making and interpersonal communication.
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for billing and posting clerks is expected to increase 10% from 2018-2028, higher than the average across all U.S. occupations.
Your first step is to get educated. Enrolling in Herzing’s medical billing program will put you on track to graduate with the education you need in 8-20 months.
We are your lifelong learning partner—ready to help you take the first big step towards your new career in healthcare.
Requirements will vary by employer. However, earning certification to become a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) can help you earn an edge over the competition and get the job you really want.
Herzing University offers several undergraduate healthcare degree and diploma options that you may earn online, in addition to medical coding and billing:
- Health Sciences
- Healthcare Administration
- Health Information Management
- Medical Office Administration
- Medical Assisting
Each program is positioned uniquely to build a foundation for you to pursue the type of job in healthcare you’re looking for—whether it’s directly caring for patients, focusing on day-to-day administrative tasks or leading the way in a managerial role.
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing and Insurance Degree Programs
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The goal of this program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of the insurance and billing processes and procedures. The student will gain an understanding of the importance of patient privacy while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical biller in a hospital, clinic, physician's office, or other healthcare facility.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.