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Associate Degree

Medical Billing and Coding
Online Associate Degree Program

CLASSES START
Mar 4th

20 Mo.

Program Length

60

Credits

Online

Format

$464

Cost Per Credit

Associate Degree

Medical Billing and Coding
Online Associate Degree Program

Your career in billing and coding IS possible

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 45 approved credits
CertificationBecome prepared for several billing and coding certifications from AAPC, AHIMA, and NHA
QuickPathsDiscover bachelor’s degree pathways to further your allied health college education; transfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2022 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2022 Herzing Graduate Survey.

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

Overview: Medical Billing & Coding Associate Degree

The Associate of Science/Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist is a 60-credit undergraduate program which prepares you for a career in medical records as a billing and coding specialist.

The online degree program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in key codes (including CPT, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, HCPCS), medical terminology, the healthcare revenue cycle, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and much more.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

You can take classes during the day or in the evening. We strive to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start March 4th

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Curriculum

Classes & curriculum details

Our degree program provides you with a solid understanding of the medical record and training in the revenue cycle, preparing you to become a qualified billing and coding specialist.

All classes are delivered online with a required internship or research project.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Associate of Science/Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist (ASIBCS/AASIBCS)2060

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses

All courses, 34.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Capstone or Internship

4.00 credit hours are required.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

1.00 semester credit hours are required.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines.

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

 

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities

 

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

 

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science

 

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

*This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirement, SC 144, above.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Associate of Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist program is $464 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

Enrollment prerequisites for the Herzing University Insurance Billing and Coding associate 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

If you have any further questions, please get in touch and we’ll fill in all the blanks.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District Of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.

Certifications

What certifications will I be eligible for?

Graduate with an associate degree in insurance billing and coding and you’ll be prepared to take three key certification exams, among others:1

  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Herzing University’s curriculum includes a course dedicated to help you prep for the exam of your choice, including didactic training and practice test materials.

Additional certification eligibility

After completing your training in a degree program, you can also become eligible for several other billing and coding certifications:i

  • Certified Professional Biller (CPB)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist-Physician (CCS-P)
  • Certified Outpatient Coder (COC)
  • Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC)

i. Preparation for these specific certification exams is not part of our curriculum. But your training can help you qualify for certifications in areas of your choosing.

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Careers

Your career path in medical billing and coding

As a billing and coding specialist you can become a key contributor helping to manage the revenue cycle for healthcare facilities, including hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, and more.

Graduate with a degree and show employers you’re well qualified for many different types of jobs in medical billing and coding, including (titles vary by employer):

  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Billing Specialist

How can I advance my career? Medical billing and coding represents a steppingstone to many different career opportunities. You may consider degree pathways in health sciences or healthcare administration—or emphasize in the field of health information in a health information management program.

Job outlook

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to rise 9% from 2022-2032, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Position yourself well for career growth in the field of medical billing and coding. Your first step is earning the education you need to compete for the job you really want.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Your first step is to get educated. Enrolling in one of Herzing’s billing and coding program options will put you on track to graduate with the education you need in 10-20 months.

We are your lifelong learning partner—ready to help you take the first big step towards your new career in healthcare.

There isn’t always a firm requirement for license or certification, and there are no state requirements. 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.

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The Herzing University Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist program features 100% online coursework with an optional internship or search project.

Herzing University offers several undergraduate healthcare degree and diploma options that you may earn online, in addition to medical coding and billing:

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.

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 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for medical records specialists is expected to increase 9% from 2022-2032.*

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical records specialists earn an average salary of $48,310 per year ($23.23 per hour).*

Learn more details about average pay in medical billing and coding, including a state-by-state breakdown and averages for different types of certified professionals.

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.

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

1. Certification in this program is not a state requirement.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$515.00
Base Tuition$30,900.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (45 x $515.00 )(-$23,175.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$7,725.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$530.00
Estimated Total Fee*$530.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
41
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
6015
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$33,020.00$8,255.00
Estimated Savings*
$24,765.00

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@travelzab.com, call (262) 735-6189, or visit http://ipejdh.travelzab.com/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Students enrolled in the following undergraduate and diploma programs:

  • Business; Criminal Justice; Dental Hygiene Bridge; Dental Assisting; EMT-Paramedic Associates Degree Program, Healthcare Administration; Health Information Management; Insurance Billing and Coding; Legal Studies; Medical Assisting; Medical Billing; Medical Office Administration; Sterile Processing; Surgical Technology
  • Students enrolled in Graduate and Post Master’s Certificate Business Programs

Continuing students may contact a Financial Aid Advisor to confirm eligibility

Requirements

Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000* in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. *Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)

Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2023 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2023 semester.