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medical coding specialist


    Video: Medical Coding Specialist

    Program Number: 31-530-2
    School Year: 2018-2019
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Online
    FLEx Degree

    Program Description

    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

    • $37,437

    Approximate Costs

    • $134.20 per credit (resident)
    • $201.30 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 Applications

    Applications are currently being accepted.

    Admission Process

    • 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.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    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.

    Gainful Employment Data


    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
    530-162Foundations of HIM3
    530-165Intermediate Coding3
    530-184CPT Coding3
    530-185Healthcare Reimbursement2
    530-199ICD Procedure Coding2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements29

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    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.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.