Program Description

The Medical Coding Specialist Technical Diploma 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. Potential occupations include: Medical Coding Specialist, Coding Specialist, Coder, Claims Analyst and Outpatient Coder. Medical Coding Certification can be obtained after graduation through either the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Certification requires successful completion of a written examination.

Approximate Cost

$6,502
Tuition: $4621 , Books: $1881

Starting Salary

$37,440
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Available

100% Online

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
100%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

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

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Outpatient Coder
  • Claims Analyst
  • Coder
  • Coding Specialist
  • Medical Coding Specialist

Courses

The Medical Coding Specialist Technical Diploma is a 28–29 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

WINDOWS 10 1.00
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3.00
DIGITAL LITERACY FOR HEALTHCARE 2.00
HUMAN DISEASE FOR HLTH PROFES 3.00
BODY, STRUCTURE & FUNCTION 3.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00

Second Term

FOUNDATIONS OF HIM 3.00
CPT CODING 3.00
ICD DIAGNOSIS CODING 3.00

Third Term

INTERMEDIATE CODING 3.00
HEALTHCARE REIMBURSEMENT 2.00
ICD PROCEDURE CODING 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Additional Information

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.