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Medical Coding Specialist
Program Code: 31-530-2

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Technical Diploma: 1 Year, 27 Credits
Oshkosh Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

Medical coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of disease, injury and procedures into numerical designations. Universally recognized coding systems provide information for reimbursement of health care claims, medical statistics and research. As a medical coding specialist, you analyze medical records and assigns codes to diagnoses and procedures.

You are familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes. You understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities and prognosis of the diseases and procedures to be coded. You must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record in order to locate information in it that supports specific coding requirements. Your knowledge of a variety of specific coding systems is required.

Upon graduation from the Medical Coding Specialist program, you may be employed in a health clinic, nursing home, community nursing service, home health agency, and/or health care insurance company associated with health care reimbursement. Job titles may include coding, reimbursement, business office functions, and prior authorization.

Program Description

The courses for this program are available to you in a hybrid format, defined as over 50% online. This program is designed to be completed in two semesters, but may be done on a part-time basis. Prospective students are encouraged to have a background in healthcare prior to entry. Additional skills that are beneficial include: medical terminology, computer and word processing skills. Upon completion of the program, you are awarded a technical diploma and are qualified to take a national certification examination, either through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

All courses within the Medical Coding program are also within our Health Information Technology Program. This will ensure a smooth transition towards our HIT associate degree, if you are interested.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

  • Skills assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent

Note: An ACCUPLACER Reading Score of 80 and Sentence Skills Score of 83 or greater, or completion of the appropriate Program Prep courses, is required prior to enrollment into first term core courses.

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

Program Offered at This Location

  • Oshkosh Riverside—150 N. Campbell Road

Helpful High School Courses

Biological sciences, keyboarding and office procedures help prepare you for this program.

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Tanya Mulder at (920) 236-6141.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program