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Medical Coder Overview

Start a rewarding career in healthcare with the new Medical Coder program. Learn the skills critical to keeping medical facilities running efficiently and earn a degree that can help you move up the ladder in your organization.

This one-year technical diploma prepares you for the fast-paced, technology-focused work environment of a Medical Coder. In this essential position, you will learn to review medical documentation provided by doctors and medical professionals and translate it into the codes that are essential for billing and reimbursement. You may also earn certification from the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Throughout the program, students will learn to:

  • Collect health data
  • Review clinical documentation to ensure accurate diagnostic and procedural coding
  • Assign diagnosis and procedure codes for billing, quality improvement, statistical reporting, and medical research
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems

The availability of jobs is expected to increase in the coming years, but many job openings are already available for people with this degree. You can choose to work directly in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, or indirectly with businesses including insurance, government, and computer software. Many Medical Coding professionals can work from home in a remote environment. And with the program offered in a MyChoice delivery, there is nothing stopping you from getting started in this rewarding career today!

Part of a career pathway, the Medical Coder technical diploma credits apply toward the Health Information Management & Technology associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Billing Clerk

Certified Coding Specialist

Medical Coder

Medical Records Coordinator

Just the Facts

Medical Coder
28 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates //
June

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

 

Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

1,094

Term 2

$

2,163

Term 3

$

775

Books

$

1,209

Estimated Total:  $5,241

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

 

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Medical Coder program.

Medical Terminology
This course focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis, and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic, and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.

HIMT Fundamentals
This course provides learners a firm foundation in the knowledge and skills essential to the field of Health Information Management & Technology. Includes: healthcare delivery systems and organization; health record content, organization, and storage; information technology in healthcare; electronic health records; healthcare data sets and data standards; data and information governance; accreditation, and licensing documentation requirements; confidentiality, privacy, and security issues; the HIM profession and HIMT functions; and ethical issues in health information management and technology.

Healthcare Revenue Management
Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and to comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Learners assign payment classifications with entry level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Technical Diplomas

Medical Coder
 

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Transfer Credits to Other Institutions

Did you know you can transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education? CVTC has partnership agreements with other institutions which provide an easy way to identify which credits will transfer. Other classes may transfer, but please verify with the transfer coordinator at the college or university to which you plan to transfer.

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Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

Health Information Management & Technology, Associate Degree

Health Navigator, Associate Degree

Surgical Technologist, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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