A degree in medical billing and coding will prepare you for a range of diverse career opportunities such as Medical Records and Health Information Technician, Health Information or Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Transcription Specialist, Clinical Data Specialist, Medical Office Coordinator, Medical Language Specialist, Information Security Manager, HIM Department Director, Health Information System Manager, Chief Privacy Officer, among many others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a faster than normal growth in all areas of health information between 2010 and 2020. The salary range for those with an Associate Degree in Medical Billing and Coding is approximately between $35,000 and $43,000. The route to undertaking a degree in medical billing and coding can include achieving a high school diploma, applying for an medical billing and coding program, and studying general education and MBC-specific coursework. Preparation for MBC positions includes achieving qualifications on a certificate or Associate's Degree program in Medical Billing and Coding.
There are Associate Degrees, Baccalaureate Degrees, and Master's Degrees in Medical Billing and Coding, as well as certificate programs. Not all schools that offer Associate Degrees also offer Bachelor's Degrees. You will need to research what type of program will be the most suitable for you and look where to study before applying.
Medical Billing and Coding students will have to complete general education coursework as well as study such subjects as medical terminology, health data content and structure, pharmacology, medical science, medical office procedures, health statistics and registries, health information systems and data literacy, and reimbursement systems in health care.
There may be internships or cooperative work arrangements available with local health care institutions for Medical Billing and Coding students. These opportunities can be valuable to the degree being earned as well as for career aspirations after graduation.
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