Medical Coding Specialist
Program Number: 31-530-2
School Year: 2013-2014
Technical Diploma (1 year)
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 numeric codes. 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.
Major areas of study in this program include:
- Health Information Science
- Health Care Delivery Systems
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 are recommended before taking the CCS examination.
Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates
- $122.20 per credit (resident)
- $183.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Collect health data
- Apply coding and reimbursement systems
- Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
- Model professional behavior and ethics
- Clinical Coding Specialist
- Insurance Claims Clerk
- Acute Care Coder
- Ambulatory Coder
- Physician Specialty Coder
- Charge Master Auditor
- Other positions with an emphasis on coding/data analysis
Applications are not currently being accepted to this program due to large wait lists and capacity limitations. Please check our Application Deadlines for periodic updates on the next application opportunity.
- Submit the college admission application.
- Submit the $30 one-time fee.
- Submit high school and other official college transcripts.
- Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
- Meet with Admissions to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (strongly encouraged).
- Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.
- Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
|530-181||Introduction to the Health Record||1|
|530-182||Human Diseases for the Health Professions||3|
|530-197||ICD Diagnosis Coding||3|
|501-107||Introduction to Healthcare Computing||2|
|530-176||Health Data Management||2|
|530-199||ICD Procedure Coding||2|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||28|
Successful completion of 530-195 Applied Coding is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.
** The credits for 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.
Additional Program Requirements
Students will need to complete Basic Math Proficiency.
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.