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  Printed on 11/29/2020

Medical Coding Specialist

Share 31-530-2 Technical Diploma (TD)
Part Time and Full Time
28 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day and Evening
Locations*: Appleton, Online

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Medical coding specialists translate verbal descriptions of disease, injury and procedures into numerical designations. The accurate recording of this information is critical for the reimbursement of healthcare claims, medical statistics and research. You'll gain an understanding of the anatomy, signs and symptoms of diseases, and medical procedures. You'll also learn how to analyze medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures. Upon completion, you could work in a variety of healthcare settings, for a health insurance company or continue on to the Health Information Technology Associate Degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Acute Care Coder
  • Chargemaster Auditor
  • Insurance Claims Clerk
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Physician Specialty Coder

Estimated Program Cost

Medical Coding Specialist

This program will cost about $4,500.20*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $194.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $1,358.50*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Medical Coding Specialist

Term Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

Proof of HS Completion

Submit a final, official high school transcript, an original diploma or an official copy of GED/HSED Certification Scores.

HIT MC Technical Standards

Read, acknowledge and submit the Technical Standards form:

Credit Transfer Options

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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

Transfer In

Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

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 Accreditation/Certification
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).

Credentials through AHIMA are Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician (CCS-P). AAPC offers the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Biller (CPB) credentials.
Additional Information
Your first year program classes are offered at both the Oshkosh and Appleton campuses.

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