Associate of Applied Science in Medical Billing

As the demand for healthcare services continues to grow*, medical offices, insurance companies, and other providers need trained, competent professionals who understand the complexities of medical billing and other key administrative tasks.

If you're patient, organized, and good with details — and you want to help others on the way to feeling healthier — then earning a Medical Billing Associate degree from Brown College could be a great way to open doors to new opportunities.

Our program helps you develop the skills you need to assist doctors with billing and other front-office tasks, and prepares you to work in a wide range of settings — including clinics, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical labs, insurance companies, and more.

The program includes a supervised externship, which allows you to gain valuable on-the-job experience by working at a physician's office, hospital, insurance company, or other healthcare industry setting.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Projections Overview, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/projections-overview.htm.

Brown College's Medical Billing Associate of Applied Science degree program is designed to prepare you to function as a skilled member of a health care management team — with office responsibilities that include accurate billing, insurance claim processing, medical administrative procedures, and complying with the regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system.

Graduates will receive training to:

  • Know the procedures used in billing for insurance processing in a variety of healthcare settings, and be familiar with specialized terminology.
  • Understand the professional ethics and legal responsibilities required of a healthcare specialist.
  • Perform office procedures in an efficient and professional manner.
  • Know how to integrate technology into office scheduling, medical billing and records management.
  • Display an understanding of management practices and business administration methods.

Once you've earned your Medical Billing Associate degree from Brown College, some of the roles you'll be qualified to pursue might include:

  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Office Billing Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Records Assistant
  • Reimbursement Coordinator
  • and more!

Courses in Brown's Medical Billing program focus on helping students build the knowledge, technical skills, and direct experience needed to work efficiently and professionally in the front office of a medical facility, as well as other healthcare industry settings.

Here's a look at some of the key coursework in the Medical Billing program:

  • In Health Records, Coding and Reimbursement, you'll learn skills related to health information management, billing, coding, and health insurance reimbursement. Topics include medical records management, patient scheduling and charting, procedural and diagnostic coding, applying managed care policies and procedures, calculating deductibles, completing insurance claim forms, and billing and collecting for healthcare services.
  • In Basic Coding Concepts, you'll be provided with the background and skills needed for beginning ICD coding, CPT, and HCPCS coding specific to outpatient care settings.
  • In Medical Billing Externship, you'll have the opportunity to gain experience integrating the theoretical knowledge of the medical billing and coding program into real-world practice. You'll be supervised in a selected physician’s office or other healthcare facility and will be evaluated by personnel from the site and program faculty. You'll also be expected to document the coding and billing activities you perform on a weekly basis.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Front Office Procedures
  • Electronic Health Records Management
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Front Office Applications
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Certification Exam Review

Course curriculum is subject to change.