Medical Coding

Medical Coding General Info

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 online 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.

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  • Diploma


  • 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.

Program Location

  • This program is fully online, however, some courses are available on campus.

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Student Story BRANDY JAMES

“I chose NCC, because it had all the things I needed to go back to school and work full-time. The instructors have been very helpful and want you to succeed! I like online learning, because it allows me to work during the day and focus on my classes in the evening.”

Health Information Technology Online student
Tuscaumbia, AL


Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
BIO165-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO167-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
HIT370-CHealth Records in Acute Care3
HIT271-EMedical Coding I**3
HSC113-EMedical Terminology2
BIO170-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO172-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
BIO198-EIntroduction to Pathology3
HIT272-EMedical Coding II**3
HIT273-EMedical Coding III**3
HIT290-CReimbursement Methods3
MAP141-AMedical Insurance3
Total Credits34

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

**Students who do not start in the fall term may follow this
alternative sequence of courses:
HIT250-E    Coding I    (3 credits)
HIT251-E    Coding II    (3 credits)
HIT252-E    Coding III    (3 credits)
HIT254-E    ICD.10.PCS    (2 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

Classes are a combination of lab, interactive group work, and some lecture.

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.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

MariBeth Schneider