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medical coding specialist


    Video: Medical Coding Specialist

    Program Number: 31-530-2
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Online
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    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

    • $38,121

    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 Applications

    Applications are currently being accepted.

    Admission Process

    Visit the Admissions Page for details


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    501-101 Medical Terminology 3
    530-182 Human Diseases for the Health Professions 3
    530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
    806-189 Basic Anatomy 3
     - OR - 
    806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 14
    Semester 2
    501-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 2
    530-162 Foundations of HIM 3
    530-165 Intermediate Coding 3
    530-184 CPT Coding 3
    530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement 2
    530-199 ICD Procedure Coding 2
    Total 15
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 29

    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.