Medical Coder

Review Medical Documentation

The Medical Coder program allows students to work at their own pace to prepare students for employment as entry level coding specialists in health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and home healthcare agencies. Medical coders are also employed in consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies, and computer software companies. The medical coder reviews medical documentation provided by physicians and other health care providers and translates this into numerical codes. The coders assign and sequence diagnostic and procedural codes using universally recognized coding systems. Several uses of coded data are for payment of health care claims, statistics, and medical research.

Career Area
Healthcare
Type
Technical Diploma
Program Number
31-530-3
Availability
CBE
  • Technical Diploma
  • 2 Terms¬†
  • 31 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Starts Fall / Spring

Career Outlook

Medical Coder

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Salary data is derived from surveys collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and mapped to LTC programs using economic modeling software. As with any survey data, the wages presented here are prone to error and sampling bias. Educational decisions should not be entirely based on the data presented here. The wage data presented here is the median annual salary in the LTC District as reported by EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.) Some people beginning work at jobs in these fields may find a higher or lower starting wage that what is reported here.

ADMISSION AND FIRST SEMESTER ENROLLMENT STEPS

Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Background Information Disclosure form.
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Complete Technical Standards form.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

FUTURE SEMESTER ENROLLMENT STEPS

Work with your Program Counselor to:

  • Complete Health form.

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CBE MemberCompetency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. It is an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate competencies varies, while the expectations about learning are held constant. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. Once all competencies for this program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn their Technical Diploma.

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