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.
- 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.
- This program is fully online, however, some courses are available on campus.
Requirements for this program
|BIO165-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIO167-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab||1|
|CSC110-A||Introduction to Computers||3|
|HIT370-C||Health Records in Acute Care||3|
|HIT271-E||Medical Coding I**||3|
|BIO170-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIO172-A||Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||1|
|BIO198-E||Introduction to Pathology||3|
|HIT272-E||Medical Coding II**||3|
|HIT273-E||Medical Coding III**||3|
*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.
Student Story Stacy Weisbeck
“I was looking for an accredited Medical Coding and HIT program so I chose NCC! Everything about NCC has been positive! From ordering books to layout of the online classes, everything has been great! I love the online learning environment—it’s convenient and conducive for my family life and work schedule.”
Medical Coding—Online student
Sioux Rapids, IA
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