Medical Billing Specialist

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Medical Billing Specialist

Technical Diploma

26 Credits |  3 - 4 semesters part time

Financial Aid Eligible

Online Program

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction

Career Cluster: Business Management

With the Medical Billing Specialist technical diploma, you can enter the high-demand field of healthcare. There are many career opportunities in hospitals, clinics (medical, vision, chiropractic, and dental), insurance companies, rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities as a medical biller.

Program Overview

The Medical Billing Specialist technical diploma prepares you to perform billing functions in a clinic, hospital or specialty practice. This embedded technical diploma involves coursework on the patient-to-payment billing cycle in the medical facility. This embedded technical diploma fully ladders into the Medical Administrative Professional associates degree.

Program Outcomes

Medical Billing Specialist graduates will be able to:

  • Perform routine healthcare administrative procedures
  • Process insurance claims
  • Apply technology skills to business and administrative tasks
  • Maintain internal and external relationships
  • Model professionalism in the workplace
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Frontline and nonclinical healthcare workers are projected to add more than 2 million job openings this decade.

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Learn by doing.

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Flexible scheduling and start dates.

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High-demand job. 


Medical Billing classes are offered on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior).  Take classes online, Your Choice and in the traditional classroom format.

Experienced Instructors

Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. The experienced faculty are knowledgeable, approachable and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.

Career Pathways

As a Medical Billing Specialist student at Northwood Tech, you have started your Career Pathway. This is the first step in earning credentials each step of the way! Graduates of the Medical Billing Specialist program may continue their education and earn an associate degree in Medical Administrative Professional.

Cutting Edge, Relevant Curriculum

Continuous networking with medical office professionals, employers and recent graduates keeps your courses up to date and applicable to your future career.  


Upon completion of the program curriculum you’ll be able to perform routine healthcare administrative procedures, process insurance claims, use technology to complete business and administrative tasks and model professionalism in the workplace.

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Featured Medical Billing Specialist Courses

| 4 CR
This course presents common health insurance terminology and selected private and government insurance coverages. Students are introduced to basic principles of disease coding and procedural coding from the physician/provider perspective and follow the life cycle of the medical insurance claim with the aim of accurate and efficient reimbursement for services provided. This is not for experienced coders. PREREQUISITE: 10501101 Medical Terminology.
| 3 CR
Simulates handling patients and employees, applying customer service skills, and the use of computers in a medical/clinical setting. Hands-on experience in scheduling appointments, work in electronic medical records, establishing a fee schedule, and practice management. Utilizes Microsoft Office software, electronic billing software, electronic medical record software, telephone systems, internet, fax and e-mail. PREREQUISITE: 10160143 Medical Office Procedures and Customer Service and COREQUISITE: 10160135 Introduction to Healthcare Documentation.
| 3 CR
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

Medical Billing Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Medical Billing Specialist student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
26 Credits / 3 - 4 semesters part time
Potential Careers
Hospital Medical Biller, Physician’s Office Medical Biller, Laboratory Medical Biller, Patient Account Representative, Revenue Cycle Representative
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Continue your education to advance your skills.

Associate Degree
60 Credits / Two Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Records Specialist, Patient Services Representative, Medical Scheduler, Hospital Admissions Representative, Medical Billing Specialist, Patient Account Representative, Clinic Coder & more
Range of Yearly Salary
$29,118 - $32,778 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it! 


Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Medical Billing Specialist

26 Credits | Less than 1 year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Medical Billing Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will a Medical Billing Specialist technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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