Medical Coding Specialist

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Medical Coding Specialist

Technical Diploma

28 Credits | 1 Year

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

The Medical Coding Specialist program prepares individuals for employment as entry-level coding specialists in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home healthcare agencies. Coding specialists are also employed in consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies.

Program Overview

The Medical Coding Specialist reviews medical documentation provided by physicians and other healthcare 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 healthcare claims, statistics and medical research.

Program Outcomes

Medical Coding Specialist graduates will be able to:

  • Collect health data
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
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Students completing the one-year Medical Coding Specialist program have the option of returning to complete the associate degree Health Information Technology program; see page 110 for information on the Health Information Technology program.

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Flexible scheduling and start dates.

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In-demand career. 


Academics

Medical Coding Specialist is available fully online. This program is the first year of the Health Information Technology. 

Flexible

The program may be completed in a full-time or part-time format. 

Career Pathways

Earn credentials each step of the way! As a graduate of the Medical Coding Specialist program, you can continue your education to obtain the Health Information Technology associate degree. 

Offered Fully Online

Complete the full Medical Coding Specialist program completely online. 


Curriculum

The program is comprised of courses that prepare you for a career as a medical coding specialists. Courses include Medical Terminology, Intermediate Coding, Healthcare Reimbursement and more. 

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Featured Medical Coding Specialist Courses

10530165
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines. PREREQUISITES: 10530184 CPT Coding and 10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding and successful completion of COREQUISITE: 10530199 ICD Procedure Coding is required prior to taking Intermediate Coding.
10530182
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to plan 105301 Health Information Technology or 315302 Medical Coding Specialist, Corequisite: 10501101 Medical Terminology and 10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology
10530185
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UGRD
| 2 CR
Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and to comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Learners apply prospective payment systems using computerized encoding and grouping software. COREQUISITES: 10530162 Foundations of HIM, 10530182 Human Disease for the Health Professions, 10530184 CPT Coding, 10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding, and 10530199 ICD Procedure Coding.

Medical Coding Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Medical Coding Specialist student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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Technical Diploma
28 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Medical Coding Specialist, Clinical Coding Specialist, Claims Analyst
Range of Yearly Salary
$23,710-$55,896 annually
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You can continue your education to obtain an associate degree.

Associate Degree
61 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Health Information Technician, HIM Supervisor, Insurance / Business Specialist
Range of Yearly Salary
$21,318-$54,543 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

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Admissions and Tuition

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Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Medical Coding Specialist

28 Credits | 1 Year

$4,110

$1,749 for books (including tax)


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the WITC Medical Coding Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Medical Coding Specialist technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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