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Medical Coding - Online

Award: Diploma
Length: Two semesters
Fall semester entry for full-time students. Some online courses are required for the completion of this diploma in two semesters. Part-time students may enter any term; however, course prerequisites and corequisites must be followed.

Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems books and software. The classification system often determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed. Coders may use several coding systems in a variety of healthcare settings.

As a student in the medical coding program, you will learn the necessary skills to apply codes, submit bills, and communicate with other healthcare professionals.

Upon completion of the diploma program, the student will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate certification examination through the American Health Information Management Association to receive the CCA credential.

The demand for medical coders is expected to grow and job prospects should be very good according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To graduate from this program, you must receive a “C” or better in all courses with the “HIT”, “HSC”, or “MAP” course prefix.

All of these diploma credits can be applied to the completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology.

Where will I get a job?
The employment for medical coders is expected to grow much faster than the average. Job prospects should be very good, especially for technicians with strong computer software skills. The demand for coders has never been greater, and this need is expected to continue for some years into the future.

How much $ will I make?

The average salary range for a medical coder is $20,500–$30,000.

What kind of classes will I take?
Classes are a combination of lab, interactive group work, and some lecture.

What’s unique about this program?
This program allows you to get out into the workforce after one year of coursework. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which there is no direct hands-on patient care.

Fall Semester


18


Course #
Title Credits
HSC113-E
Medical Terminology
2
BIO165-A
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIO167-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1
HIT370-C Health Records in Acute Care
3
CSC110-A
Introduction to Computers
3
Elective
Communications*
3
HIT250-E
Coding I
3

Spring Semester


16


BIO170-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIO172-A
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
1
BIO198-E Introduction to Pathology
3
HIT251-E
Coding II
3
HIT252-E
Coding III
3
HIT290-C
Reimbursement Methods
3
or
   
MAP141-A
Medical Insurance
3

*You may select any math course with an A, C or E suffix.


Text 712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907
Email studentservices@nwicc.edu

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at nwicc.edu/compliance