Medical Billing Specialist

MCBC

  • In-depth Understanding of Medical Billing
    Gain proficiency in all aspects of medical billing, from the specifics of coding to the nuances of insurance claims, tailored to meet diversified healthcare environments.
  • Technological Advancements in Medical Billing
    Stay current with the latest advancements in medical billing technology, encompassing electronic health records (EHR) and automated claims processing.
  • Effective Billing Operations Management
    Acquire core managerial skills essential for supervising successful medical billing operations, including patient data management and effective communication strategies.

$9,000

Scholarships Available

Advance your career with a master's from a top-5 computer science school.

If you want to launch or advance a successful data science or computer science career, you can learn the most in-demand skills while earning your Master of Computer Science. As a graduate, you’ll be qualified to pursue a variety of roles: scientist, analyst, engineer, leader, and more. In 2023, Fortune ranked University of Illinois as having the #1 Best Online Master's in Data Science Program.

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What's in this degree program?

8 courses (32 credit hours) accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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Apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory to real-word problems

Get lectures and quizzes on demand, and chat with professors and teaching assistants in virtual office hours and on discussion boards

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Do I need any prior experience in the healthcare industry to enroll?

Do I need any prior experience in the healthcare industry to enroll?

Does the Medical Billing Specialist Program include practical learning experiences?

Absolutely, our Medical Billing Specialist program incorporates a multitude of practical experiences including case studies and real-world scenario simulations to enable students to gain hands-on experience in the field.

Definitely, we are committed to providing financial assistance through a variety of scholarships and aid options for qualified students in our Medical Billing Specialist program.

We're designers, so the answer is obviously "it depends" 😇 . The timeline for each course is up to that instructor but most courses run around 4 times per year.

Admissions

The Medical Billing Specialist Program at our institute offers students a robust curriculum, designed to impart essential skills and practical knowledge necessary for a successful career in healthcare administration. In this program, students learn the intricacies of medical insurance, billing practices, coding systems, and relevant federal regulations. Medical Billing Specialist students will also develop proficiency in essential software applications and tools used within the healthcare industry.

Our admission process for this program is designed to attract dedicated and ambitious individuals who are excited about a career in the growing field of healthcare administration. Candidates who have a penchant for minutiae, excellent organizational skills, and strong ethical standards are especially encouraged to apply.

Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming Deadline for Spring 2022

Aspiring students must submit their admission applications by February 15, 2022, for consideration in our Spring session which starts in April.

Upcoming Deadline for Fall 2022

Aspiring students must submit their admission applications by February 15, 2022, for consideration in our Spring session which starts in April.

Why should you apply by the priority deadline?

What happens if I miss the priority deadline for the Medical Billing Specialist program?

We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications by the priority deadline. Applications submitted after this deadline will still be considered, but on a space-available basis. Meeting the priority deadline increases your chances of securing a seat in the program.

Yes, you can still apply for financial aid. However, students who meet the priority deadline will be considered first for awards and scholarships. Therefore, applying by the priority deadline increases your chances of receiving financial support.

Applying by the priority deadline does not guarantee acceptance; however, it ensures your application will be reviewed in the initial admission decisions. Later applications will only be reviewed upon availability, so it is advantageous to apply early.

Once we receive your application, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided in the application. Please make sure the email address you provided is correct and check your spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation within a reasonable time.

Become a Certified Medical Billing Specialist

The Medical Billing Specialist Certificate program prepares students to successfully manage medical billing and coding tasks. The specialist certification provides the necessary foundational learning for students wanting to excel in a healthcare setting, specifically in an administrative role.

Choose your path

This program allows you to tailor your education to your career objectives. Whether you want to work in a hospital setting, a physician's office, or a consulting firm, the necessary skills and knowledge can be obtained through this curriculum.

Earn your certification in less than a year

Our program is designed to be completed in less than a year, depending on your pace. The curriculum is divided into several units, each focusing on a specific aspect of medical billing. Upon successful completion, you will receive your Medical Billing Specialist Certificate.

Modular course structure

The course content is organically divided into weekly modules, allowing students to absorb the information effectively. The modular structure facilitates a thorough understanding of topics such as medical terminology, coding, insurance regulations, and medical ethics. A deep-dive into the content is encouraged through interactive professor-student sessions.

Program Flexibility

This program is designed with flexibility in mind, allowing you to manage your study time as per your schedule. The curriculum resources such as lectures, quizzes, reading material are accessible online, providing an opportunity for students with varying commitments and time constraints to engage in meaningful learning.

Hybrid format of course delivery

The program utilizes a hybrid format of course delivery, combining the best of both online and in-person learning methods. This format allows learners to view lectures and materials online, engage in discussions, and apply their knowledge through practical, in-person sessions. This approach emphasizes the application of knowledge in a real-world medical billing setting.

How does the program prepare me for a real-world environment?

Our Medical Billing Specialist program ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the fast-paced world of medical billing. The program's flexible curriculum is taught by qualified professionals who also handle the same courses on-campus. With closest health centers as our facility partners, you get the opportunity for firsthand experience. Our course staff is readily available during live office hours to answer your questions and guide you through the coursework, thus equipping you for diverse medical billing scenarios. Students are also encouraged to interact on collaborative group projects using technology platforms, enhancing your ability to work as part of a team.

Academics, Flexibility and Structure

What are the academic requirements for this program?

The requirements for the Medical Billing Specialist program include a high school diploma or equivalency, plus completion of preparatory courses depending on the precise program. These prerequisites aim to ensure that students are adequately prepared for the rigorous curriculum. The preciseness of the requirements may vary depending on the program.

Our program effectively blends academic training with practical experience, preparing students to dive into the real world of medical billing right after graduation. It involves simulated learning environments, internship placements, interactive learning elements, and instruction from faculty members with industry experience to make sure students are well-prepared for the professional field.

Yes, the program is designed keeping working professionals in mind, so it offers extreme flexibility. It allows students to complete coursework as per their schedules. Also, being an online program, it can be accessed and completed from anywhere, provided you have an internet connectivity. This flexible structure allows students to maintain their personal and professional commitments while furthering their education.

The curriculum is structured in a way that provides a comprehensive understanding of medical billing. It covers core courses including healthcare reimbursement systems, insurance claims processing, medical terminology, and software applications specific to healthcare. In the later part of the program, students delve deeper into specialized topics such as advanced coding and billing, health data management, and healthcare policy and law.

Tuition & Financing

With a program cost of $17,500, our Medical Billing Specialist program presents a competitive and financially accessible opportunity within the health studies field. The program runs in our state-of-the-art facilities equipped with cutting-edge technologies used in modern medical billing.

38 Credit/Clock Hours

Our Medical Billing Specialist program consists of 38 credit hours. At $460 per credit hour, the total tuition amounts to $17,500 which covers the complete coursework.

World-class Faculty

The program is delivered by accomplished faculty with extensive industry experience and a passion for teaching. They bring real-world expertise and practical lessons into the classroom both physically and digitally.

Live and Online Lectures

Our program blends the convenience of online classes with the engagement of live lectures. You can attend face-to-face lectures or online sessions with live interaction, providing a flexible learning solution that works around your schedule.

Collaborative Hands-on Projects

Our curriculum includes a variety of hands-on projects designed to simulate real-world medical billing scenarios. You'll work collaboratively with your peers to apply theory to practice and gain essential skills crucial for success in your future career.

Pay-as-you-go tuition

Financial aid

Becoming a Medical Billing Specialist should not be held back by financial obstacles. That’s why we offer a wide variety of financial aid options. Visit our Financial Resources section to explore available grants and scholarships, and discover ways to make your education more affordable.

Employer tuition reimbursement

Your current employer may be more of a resource than you realize. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement programs to encourage their employees to seek continued education. Reach out to your HR department to discuss your educational goals and find out what tuition assistance programs are available to you.

Payment plans

We understand that paying for education can be overwhelming, that's why we offer payment plans. These allow you to spread the cost of your education over a set period, making the expense more manageable. For more information, visit our Financial Resources Hub.

Student loans

There are several student loan options available to help you finance your education. However, it's important to understand that these should be used as a last resort as they need to be repaid with interest. To explore loan options and understand their impact, visit our Financial Resources Hub.

Careers

Medical Billing Specialist Career Opportunities: In the current healthcare landscape, the need for knowledgeable medical billing specialists is continually on the rise. Their role is crucial in the smooth functioning of healthcare facilities, ensuring proper documentation, accurate data, and compliance with complex regulatory guidelines. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 8% growth in job opportunities for health technicians, which includes medical billing specialists, from 2019 to 2029. A certified medical billing specialist not only has opportunities in clinics and hospitals, but also insurance companies, consulting firms, public health departments, and home healthcare agencies.

Further Career Opportunities in Medical Billing: Besides general medical billing, becoming a specialist in specific areas like cancer, cardiac or pediatric billing can open up new avenues. With advancements in the field, acquiring knowledge in medical coding technology and electronic healthcare record systems can further heighten your career prospects. Advanced positions such as Billing Coordinator or Billing manager may become accessible with enough experience and additional education.

Here's how a Medical Billing Specialist program can provide a springboard for your career.

Prepare for in-demand jobs

This program provides a comprehensive foundation, designed to make you job-ready for complex medical billing tasks in diverse healthcare settings.

Increase your salary

Earning a medical billing specialist certification can lead to higher payscale. More responsibility and leadership roles following the certification could result in wage growth.

Expand your network

This program offers the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and peers, which can help you further expand your professional network and gain industry insights.

Access career services

Course participants will have access to career services. This includes career counselling, assistance with job placements and internships, resume, and interview preparations.

Advance your career in Medical Billing

Acquire comprehensive knowledge in medical coding systems like ICD-10 and CPT, ensuring precise documentation and billing.

Develop understanding of health insurance policies, procedures and regulations, facilitating effective communication with healthcare providers and insurance companies.

Regularly update yourself with changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology to enhance productivity and reduce billing errors.

Engage in professional development courses and acquire certifications like Certified Professional Biller (CPB), to boost credibility and future job prospects.

Advance your career

$39,180 average salary

Average salary of a Medical Billing Specialist in the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

8% growth by 2029

The Medical Billing Specialist field is seeing moderate growth, due to increasing demand for health services.

Qualify for in-demand jobs

Medical Billing Specialist

Medical Coding Specialist

Insurance Claims Specialist

Billing Coordinator

cBilling Analyst

Office Manager

Health Information Technician

Medical Records Analyst

Coding Auditor

Medical Practice Manager

Join our expansive alumni network

By becoming a part of our alumni network, you become connected to thousands of healthcare and administration professionals across the globe. Our alumni network provides you with the chance to seek advice from industry leaders, find mentors within your field of study, and potentially discover job opportunities posted by fellow alumi. It's all about helping each other succeed by fostering a supportive and engaged community.

Earn your MCS degree while learning on Coursera's feature-rich platform

You'll feel the MCS program's commitment to the student experience and positive engagement during your time as a student. You will have many opportunities to connect with students, staff, and faculty around the world — 100% online. There is a team of dedicated academic advisors in the computer science department to assist students. Every semester, the advising team hosts webinars to address student questions. Course staff host live office hours to answer student questions and help with coursework. Students also work together on group projects using Zoom and Slack. In addition, the Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share their ideas and promote conversations about important challenges and topics in the discipline.

Interactive Coding Lessons

There's no better way to learn than by doing. Our lessons are designed with interactive modules to provide hands-on experience in medical billing and coding, their applications, and virtual practice infrastructure.

Extensive Learning Materials

Students will gain access to an array of resources such as Medical billing textbooks, case studies, ICD-10 coding books, and examination preparation resources, aiding a thorough understanding of the subject.

Specialized Webinars and Online Discussion Boards

Stay connected with industry professionals through our specialized webinars and interactive online platforms. Students can engage in deeper understanding of medical billing nuances through exchanging insights, thoughts, and queries.

Clinical Practicum

Learning is incomplete without practice. This course encompasses a clinical practicum section allowing students to gain real-world experience, observe the workflow in healthcare settings, and understand the role of a medical billing specialist.