Medical Coding Specialist

Technical Diploma

The Medical Coding Specialist Technical Diploma 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, 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. Courses within the Medical Coding Specialist program can be applied to the Health Care Business Services Associate Degree program.

program at a Glance

Medical Coding Specialist 27-28 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford Fully Available
  • Phillips Fully Available
  • Spencer Fully Available
  • Wittenberg Fully Available

Approximate Cost

$5,951 (Tuition: $4106, Books: $1845)

Average Starting Salary

$26,326 Annually, based on the 2014 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

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

Course List

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Course List

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Transfer Opportunities

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