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HANCOCK - The Finlandia University Board of Trustees have approved the addition of an Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist to the Finlandia University College of Health Sciences.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for our future students to join a rapidly growing field," said Dr. Cameron Williams, Dean of the College of Health Sciences. "This expansion of the College of Health Sciences is a sign of progress for our community, both on campus and off."
The program will begin accepting students immediately, with the first classes being offered this fall.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, this field is expected to grow by more than 20 percent in the next 10 years. The handbook says that growth rate is "much faster than average."
"With the passing and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the opportunities in this field are tremendous," said Pam Audette, Program Director of the Certified Medical Assistant program. "Any healthcare setting is now mandated to use electronic health records, and our graduates will be well prepared to manage those records."
Graduates of the Finlandia University Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program will be eligible to sit for coding certificate exams 'Certified Coding Specialist' and 'Coding Specialist- Physician-Based" through the American Health Information Management Association. The program can also be used as a focus toward a cross-curricular 2+2 bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management through the Finlandia University International School of Business.
This is the first new degree for the Finlandia University College of Health Sciences since adding the Medical Assistant program in 2009. The college is early in the process of moving to their new location in the former Hancock Central High School in downtown Hancock.
Learn more about the Finlandia University College of Health Sciences at Finlandia.edu.