Medical Coding Specialist

Technical Diploma

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If you enjoy precision and detail, consider a medical coding career. As a medical coder, you’ll review medical documentation provided by physicians and translate it into numeric codes that represent diagnoses and treatment. In addition to coding, courses also cover anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diseases, health data management, and computer applications. The coded data are used for many purposes, including healthcare claims and research.

Graduates of this program are employed as entry-level coding specialists in hospitals, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers, care facilities, consulting companies, billing services, and insurance companies.

Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate exam of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Additional certification exams and career opportunities are available for those with on-the-job coding experience.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Medical Coding Specialist

This program will cost about $4,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Medical Coding Specialist 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding2
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market0

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Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Health Information Management Professional; Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI

Career Opportunities

Certified Medical Coder
Certified Professional Coder
Health Information Coder
Medical Billing Specialist
Medical Coding Specialist

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Collect health data
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements


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Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Medical Coding Specialist program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions.  You can find a link to this document below.  In addition, you must complete General Anatomy and Physiology and its prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better.  Please see the details below. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

  • Medical Coding Essential Functions
  • General Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisites
  • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Biology
  • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Chemistry
  • General Anatomy and Physiology (10806177)
  • Contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with a Health & Public Safety Enrollment Services Advisor to complete your Intent to Enroll form.

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Additional Information

Program Contact

Tamra Brown
Program Chair, Medical Coding Specialist

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