Medical Coding Specialist
27-credit Technical Diploma
Program Code 31-530-2
Medical coders review physician documentation in records in order to assign diagnoses and procedure codes used for reimbursement and data purposes. Medical coders work in hospitals, physician’s offices, other healthcare facilities and insurance companies. In this program, learn two different systems in order to assign codes to the reimbursement systems for patient and outpatient coding.
How Long It Will Take
Full-time students can complete this program in three semesters.
You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered in an accelerated format with flexible course start dates. The Blended Option courses are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meet during evening hours.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Offered in a combination of online and classroom formats to provide a more flexible learning experience.
- Take advantage of faculty mentoring throughout the program.
- Graduates can become eligible to take the CCA, which is a certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
- Students are encouraged to continue their education to obtain their associate degree in Health Information Technology.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment (Reading only).
- Schedule and attend a Program Advising Session.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2019 Start
- Submit application by June 17, 2019
- Complete checklist items by July 15, 2019
Spring 2020 Start
- Submit application by November 18, 2019
- Complete checklist items by December 16, 2019
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
For this program, financial aid only covers courses. Loans and other aid will be prorated.
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$32,000 – $47,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you’re analytical, detail oriented and tech savvy, a career in medical coding might be for you. Medical coders must have sound judgment and a high level of integrity, as they are privy to patients’ personal information. Technical skills aid in working with billing software, and communication skills are essential for interacting with patients, insurance and healthcare providers.
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