Medical Coding Specialist

Program Number: 31-530-2
School Year: 2020-2021
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Online
This program is eligible for financial aid

Start your career in the health care industry—become a medical coding specialist in less than a year with an online diploma from Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Medical coding specialists review medical documentation provided by health care providers and translate it into an alphanumeric classification system. Using universally recognized coding systems, the coding specialist then assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes, which are used by insurance companies to process health care claims, as well as for statistics and medical research.

Graduates from Moraine Park's online Medical Coding Specialist program 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 (two years of coding experience is recommended before taking the CCS examination).

What You’ll Learn

Graduates learn medical coding basics, including how to collect health data, use apps to collect and code data, apply coding and reimbursement systems and act professionally and ethically in the workplace. 

The courses in this technical diploma transfer into the Health Information Technology associate of applied science degree.

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Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
Program Outcomes
  • Collect health data
  • Model professional behavior and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
Career Opportunities
  • 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
Program Opportunities

Applications are currently being accepted.

Admission Process

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    Transfer Opportunities

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    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    Successful completion of 530-165 Intermediate Coding is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.

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    Semester 1
    501-101Medical Terminology3
    530-182Human Diseases for the Health Professions3
    530-197ICD Diagnosis Coding3
    806-189Basic Anatomy3
     - OR - 
    806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
    890-101**College 1012
    Semester 2
    501-107Digital Literacy for Healthcare2
    530-159Healthcare Revenue Management3
    530-162Foundations of HIM3
    530-165Intermediate Coding3
    530-184CPT Coding3
    530-199ICD Procedure Coding2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements30