Program Number: 31-530-2
School Year: 2016-2017
Technical Diploma (1 year)
The Medical Coding Specialist program prepares individuals for employment as entry-level coding specialists in health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home health care agencies. Coding specialists are also employed in consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies. The medical coding specialist reviews medical documentation provided by physicians and other health care providers and translates this into an alphanumeric classification system. The coding specialist assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes using universally recognized coding systems. Several uses of coded data are for payment of health care claims, statistics and medical research.
The courses are directly transferable into Moraine Park’s Health Information Technology associate of applied science degree if students wish to further their education in this field. This diploma can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All core program courses are offered online.
Graduates are eligible to take the national Clinical Coding Associate (CCA) certification examination through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). They may also take AHIMA’s national Clinical Coding Specialist (CCS) examination; however, two years of coding experience is recommended before taking the CCS examination.
Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
- $130.35 per credit (resident)
- $195.53 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Additional fees may apply and are the responsibility of the student.
- Collect health data
- Model professional behavior and ethics
- Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
- Apply coding and reimbursement systems
- Hospital Outpatient Coder
- Physician Specialty Coder
- Charge Master Auditor
- Acute Care Coder
- Ambulatory Coder
- Insurance Claims Clerk
- Other positions with an emphasis on coding/data analysis
Applications are currently being accepted.
- Submit the college admission application.
- Submit the $30 one-time fee.
- Submit high school and other official college transcripts.
- Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
- Attend a program orientation with your advisor.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.
|530-181||Introduction to the Health Record||1|
|530-182||Human Diseases for the Health Professions||3|
|530-197||ICD Diagnosis Coding||3|
|- OR -|
|806-177||General Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|501-107||Introduction to Healthcare Computing||2|
|530-176||Health Data Management||2|
|530-199||ICD Procedure Coding||2|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||28|
Successful completion of 530-195 Applied Coding is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.
** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.
Additional Program Requirements
Students will need to complete Basic Math Proficiency.
- Medical Coding Specialist, 2016-2017
- Medical Coding Specialist, 2015-2016
- Medical Coding Specialist, 2014-2015
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.
*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.
For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.