Healthcare Reimbursement

Associate’s Degree

Healthcare Reimbursement

Fast Facts

Median salary:
Tuition and fees:
$32,260 - $38,452
Program length:
88 weeks (2 years)

Earn Your Healthcare Reimbursement Degree Online

Train for a career in healthcare reimbursement in as little as two years.

A healthcare reimbursement professional plays an important role in a medical office. They are administrative support workers who ensure that insurance requests are properly coded and billed in order to avoid costly delays in reimbursements. Also called medical billing and coding, this is an important function in the healthcare team and a growing profession.*

Our healthcare reimbursement program is career-focused. We offer interactive online instruction and career-focused training to help prepare you with real-world job skills. From start to finish, you will have the opportunity to develop the relevant technical skills and knowledge to pursue reimbursement specialist jobs.

Hands-on Training to Help You Become a Reimbursement Specialist

The associate’s degree in Healthcare Reimbursement at Virginia College is designed to provide the practical training needed for a rewarding career in medical billing and coding. These professionals are in demand in healthcare settings such as:

  • Physician practices
  • Medical offices and clinics
  • Hospital business offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Healthcare consulting firms
  • Medical records departments

Our instructors will encourage you to develop the practical skills you will need to become a reimbursement specialist. Interactive lessons will help you gain a working knowledge of healthcare reimbursement concepts. We cover a variety of topics from basic to complex to give you a solid foundation in billing and coding.

Topics covered in billing and coding classes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Billing software and productivity software tools
  • Customer service skills
  • Outpatient and inpatient coding systems
  • Reimbursement ethics
  • Medical insurance filing
  • Patient medical record system

Victoria knew she needed an education to be able to progress in a job in the health and medical field. After obtaining a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding, she discovered that because of some transfer credits, she was only a handful of classes away from completing her associate degree in Healthcare Reimbursement.

Healthcare Reimbursement Learning Outcomes

During your course of study in the Healthcare Reimbursement program, our instructors cover basic body anatomy, organs and systems to help you better understand the procedures you are coding and to help ensure coding accuracy. You’ll get specialized training in coding conventions including:

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4)
  • International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS)
  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)

As a graduate of this program, you should be prepared to perform healthcare reimbursement duties such as:

  • Understand HIPAA Compliance policies and how to protect the privacy of medical records
  • Use coding and billing software
  • Complete medical office insurance forms
  • Classify and file various coding and billing information
  • Analyze coding and reimbursement-related financial data
  • Show competency in medical reimbursement process
  • Document strategies

Practice Medical Coding and Billing on the Job

You can gain real-world healthcare reimbursement experience in an externship. An externship is an actual job where you can apply medical billing and coding concepts you learn in class to real-world scenarios. You will complete an 11-week externship in a physician’s office, clinical setting or related healthcare facility.

During your externship, you may participate in the medical billing and coding process and learn from experienced professionals. A physician, nurse or health service provider will supervise you. This gives you valuable exposure to the day-to-day duties of a healthcare reimbursement specialist and provides helpful on-the-job training.

Prepare for Healthcare Reimbursement Certification

Earning a healthcare reimbursement certification could potentially help you stand out from other job candidates. Not all workplaces require certification, but it can enhance your qualifications and demonstrate your training and competency.

Our program is designed to prepare you for medical billing and coding certification. With successful completion of the Healthcare Reimbursement associate’s degree at Virginia College, qualified graduates may be eligible to sit for one or both of the following exams:†

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Virginia College Helps Prepare You to Find the Job

Virginia College helps you jumpstart your job hunt with resume reviews, interview skill building and assistance finding externship sites. Our National Externship partners include Any Lab Test Now, Take Care Health, HealthSouth and others.

When graduation time comes around, the Virginia College Career Services team helps you navigate your job search through career planning and placement assistance. For some graduates, our national relationships with Corporate Partners like Conifer Health, ScribeAmerica and Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics result in being hired as a medical billing and coding professional.

Reimbursement Specialist Salary

Job growth is expected to increase in the health information industry. In fact, this field is expected to grow 15% through 2024.* Training for healthcare reimbursement jobs has the potential to be a personally and professionally satisfying career move.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, health information technicians, which includes healthcare reimbursement specialists, make an average salary of $37,110 per year, or $17.84 per hour.* Salary will vary based on experience, position and location of employment.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, (accessed August 2016). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

† The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed.

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