Healthcare Reimbursement (Associate's) - Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Associate of Science
Healthcare reimbursement specialists are vital to healthcare practices. They use coding techniques to process complex insurance forms and directly impact the revenues of a doctor's office or other healthcare facility. If you are detail oriented and organized, and want a rewarding career in growing field, an Associate's Degree in Healthcare Reimbursement from Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City could be right for you!
What You Will Learn
The Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City Healthcare Reimbursement program will help prepare you to seek entry-level medical and billing jobs and medical coder jobs. During this 24-month program, you'll learn the fundamentals of medical office protocol and get specialized training in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and Health Care Financing Administration Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS). Your coursework will teach you about medical billing laws, health insurance policies and medical terminology—all of which you will use in medical billing jobs. You'll also learn to hone your communication, typing and office management skills.
Preparing You for Certifications
The Healthcare Reimbursement curriculum will also prepare you for industry-standard certification exams. In the state of Louisiana, qualified graduates from this program may be eligible to sit for one or both of the following certifications: Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC). While these certifications are not required to work as a medical reimbursement specialist, they can give you a competitive edge with employers.
Externship Gives You Hands-on Work Experience
In addition to your classroom experiences, you will participate in an externship for on-the-job training. You'll be supervised by a physician, nurse, or other health services professional in a real medical setting. This externship will give you valuable experience that can help you practice the coding skills you learned in class.
How Much Do Medical Coders Make?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Handbook (2014), the median annual wage for health information technicians was $34,160. Plus, the job growth outlook is good; it is projected by the same agency that medical coding jobs and medical billing jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 22% between 2012 and 2022.
Are you ready for a more rewarding career in a fast-paced field? Call Virginia College in Shreveport/ Bossier City now at (318) 741-8020 or complete the Request More Information form to find out more.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.