Medical Coding Specialist

Medical Coding Specialist

Degree Type

28-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn


8-Week Courses


Learn to review physician documentation in order to assign diagnoses and procedure codes used for reimbursement and data reporting purposes. Explore anatomy, disease processes, diagnosis and procedure code sets, and systems to report healthcare data for reimbursement and statistical analysis in settings including hospitals, physician’s offices, healthcare and insurance organizations.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2025 Start

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2025

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Acess to any PC
  • EHR Go software: $55/12 weeks - Puchase through WCTC Bookstore

Take advantage of a Direct Digital Access Program for discounted textbooks.

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Program Details

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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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This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$38,300 – $53,000 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.

For this program, financial aid only covers courses. Loans and other aid will be prorated.

Learn more about financial aid.

The students enrolled in the Medical Coding Specialist program should be able to meet the established technical standards identified below with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards for the Medical Coding Specialist program are representative of those found in the Medical Coding Specialist profession.

Review the Medical Coding Specialist Technical Standards.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Offered in a combination of online and classroom formats to provide a more flexible learning experience.


Graduates can become eligible to take the CCA or CCS certification exams through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Students are encouraged to continue their education to obtain their associate degree in Health Information Technology.

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