Is This Occupation for You?
If you are analytical, detail-oriented, enjoy working with data, and have an interest in the health care field, a career as a Medical Coding Specialist could be an excellent choice.
Students entering the Medical Coding Specialist program should:
- be able to work independently.
- have a strong knowledge of medical terminology.
- employ good critical thinking and communication skills.
- Short-term technical diploma.
- May take the program in modified plan.
- All courses offered online.
- Medical Coding students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress.
- Financial aid available.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Assign diagnostic and procedure codes using ICD-9 CM, ICD-10 CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding systems.
- Adhere to security/privacy, and confidentiality policies and procedures.
- Utilize computers to process information.
- Support data collection and maintain compliance with reimbursement systems.
- Communicate in a professional manner.
- Model appropriate professional behavior, ethics, and appearance.
- Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
Job security is available nationwide: there is a critical shortage of qualified medical coders. This program prepares students for employment as entry-level coding specialists in health care facilities such as: hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, surgery centers, insurance companies, consulting companies, government agencies, computer software companies and other health care settings. Possible employment for program graduates may include:
- Outpatient Coder
- Inpatient Coder
- Medical Coding Specialist
- Coding Analyst
- Claims Analyst