Medical Coding Specialist

26-credit Technical Diploma

Medical coders work in a variety of healthcare areas such as hospitals, physician’s offices and insurance companies. They review the physician documentation in records in order to assign diagnoses and procedure codes that are used for reimbursement and data purposes. Billing forms are then filed based on the codes assigned; strict federal guidelines are in place that must be followed when assigning codes. In the Medical Coding Specialist program, learn to use two different systems in order to assign codes to the reimbursement systems for patient and outpatient coding.

  • Prepare for jobs such as medical coding specialist, revenue cycle analyst, medical billing specialist or medical coder.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health courses.
  • Graduates can become eligible to write the CCA, which is a certification exam through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association).
  • Some credits earned in WCTC’s Medical Records Technician short-term certificate program may be applied toward the Medical Assistant technical diploma program.
  • Some credits earned in WCTC’s Medical Office Coding/Billing short-term certificate program may be applied toward the Medical Assistant technical diploma program.
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $25,000-$27,000
    • Average Salary: $25,980
    • Median Salary: $25,980
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $25,980
    • Average Hourly Wage: $12.50
    • Three-year Average Salary: $27,928

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 530-181 Intro to the Health Record1 *
 530-182 Human Diseases for Hlth Profes3 *
 530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding3 *
 530-199 ICD Procedure Coding2 *
 501-101 Medical Terminology3 *
 806-189 Basic Anatomy3  
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing2  
 530-176 Health Data Management2 *
 530-184 CPT Coding3 *
 530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement2 *
 530-195 Applied Coding2 *
 
Total Semester Credits
11
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

501-101 Medical Terminology 3
501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing 2
501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1 2
501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2 2
530-181 Intro to the Health Record 1

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Medical Coding Specialist. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Angel Lee

Angela Lee

Phone: 262.691.5113

Education

  • BS – Health Information Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications

  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that each student has the ability to succeed in their education, given the right tools and support and I am privileged to be one of the many individuals helping our students realize their personal success."

Program instructor, Victoria Wolf

Victoria Wolf

Phone: 262.691.5113

Education

  • AS – Health Information Technology, University of Illinois
  • AS – Science, University of Wisconsin Center – Barron County

Certifications

  • Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT)
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
  • Certified ICD-10 Trainer – AHIMA Academy
  • Certified Teacher of Medical Records -- WTCS

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to facilitate a positive learning environment to spark engagement and enthusiasm where students can share their ideas, apply their knowledge and build their foundation for lifelong learning."