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What degree do you need for a career in medical billing?

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What degree do you need for a career in medical billing?

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For those interested in a career as a medical billing specialist, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) offers a Billing and Coding Specialist certification exam. The exam consists of 100 questions and 20 pretest questions. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam. According to NHA, the cost of a Billing and Coding Specialist Certification exam is $117. Prerequisites to be eligible to sit for an NHA exam include:

A high school diploma or equivalent

Successful completion of an NHA-recognized accredited healthcare training program

OR

Successful completion of U.S. Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship program

OR

Successful completion of U.S. military provided medical training

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Successful completion of the coursework requirement of the program

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Minimum one year of work experience in an NHA-recognized healthcare field (completed within the last three years)

Additional coding certification is available through the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

For more information on medical billing, check out this article: Medical Billing and Coding Job Options and Requirements

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