Medical Coding Specialist

Medical Coding Specialist video

Program Number: 31-530-2
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Online
FLEx Degree

Program Description

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.

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 is recommended before taking the CCS examination.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $28,608

Approximate Costs


  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Fall/Spring Semester

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

  • Program Outcomes

    • Collect health data
    • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
    • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
    • Model professional behavior and ethics

    Career Opportunities

    • Insurance Claims Clerk
    • Physician Specialty Coder
    • Charge Master Auditor
    • Acute Care Coder
    • Ambulatory Coder
    • Other positions with an emphasis on coding/data analysis

    Program Applications

    Applications are currently being accepted.

    Admission Process

    • 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.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

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    Number Title Crs
    Term 1
    501-101 Medical Terminology 3
    530-181 Introduction to the Health Record 1
    530-182 Human Diseases for the Health Professions 3
    530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
    806-189 Basic Anatomy 3
     - OR - 
    806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 15
    Term 2
    501-107 Introduction to Healthcare Computing 2
    530-176 Health Data Management 2
    530-184 CPT Coding 3
    530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement 2
    530-195 Applied Coding 2
    530-199 ICD Procedure Coding 2
    Total 13
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 28

    Exit Assessment

    Successful completion of 530-195 Applied Coding is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** 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.

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    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.