Medical Coding Specialist Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315302

The Medical Coding Specialist program is designed to prepare students for employment in all types of health care organizations, insurance companies, or government agencies associated with medical coding, reimbursement, health services research, and health care planning. All credits from this technical diploma can be applied to the Health Information Technology associate degree. This technical diploma will take a minimum of three terms to complete.


Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following settings: hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home health agencies, state and federal health agencies, and private industry as a (an):

• Medical Coding Specialist

• Coding Specialist

• Coding Analyst

• Outpatient Coder

• Inpatient Coder

• Chargemaster Auditor

• Insurance Claims Analyst


Requirements for Program Application

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• Admission Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)

Requirements for Program Entry

• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory registration day through blackboard and Welcome Week.
• Students are expected to have entry-level computer and keyboarding skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer and keyboarding skills coursework if deficient in this area

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Students who complete coursework in prerequisite order will take a minimum of three terms to finish the Medical Coding technical diploma.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-501-107 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR HEALTHCARE...the course will explore the use of the electronic health record, the role of social media in health care communication, the uses of wearable technologies that monitor activity and heart rate, the use of data to manage population health and the impact of new developments on the healthcare workforce.
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. 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.
10-530-162 FOUNDATIONS OF HIM ...introduces learners to the healthcare delivery system, and the external forces that influence healthcare delivery. Sets an understanding for the expectations and standards related to professional ethics, confidentiality and security of health information. Differentiates the use and structure of healthcare data elements, data standards, and the relationships between them. Prepares learners to collect and maintain health data to ensure a complete and accurate health record. ***It is highly recommended students have basic computer skills prior to taking this course. Students should know how to use web browsers and basic functions Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Word.
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-530-182 HUMAN DISEASE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS ... prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures. (Prerequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; Co-requisite 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy)
10-530-197 ICD DIAGNOSIS CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Health Information Technology program or Medical Coding Technical Diploma; Corequisites: 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions and 10-530-162, Foundations of HIM)
10-530-184 CPT CODING...assign CPT codes supported by medical documentation at entry level; apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines; case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Corequisite: 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions)
10-530-199 ICD PROCEDURE CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. (Co-requisites: 10-530-182, Human Diseases for Health Professions)
10-530-159 HEALTHCARE REVENUE MANAGEMENT... Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, evaluate the reimbursement cycle and compliance with regulations. Learners assign payment classifications with entry level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software. (Prerequisites: 10-530-197, ICD Diagnosis Coding; Corequisites: 10-530-199, ICD Procedure Coding; 10-530-184, CPT Coding)
10-530-165 INTERMEDIATE CODING ...prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines (Prerequisites: 10-530-197 ICD, Diagnosis Coding Co-requisites: 10-530-199, ICD Procedure Coding, 10-530-184, CPT Coding, 10-530-159, Healthcare Revenue Management)

Program Outcomes

• Collect health data.
• Apply coding and reimbursement systems.
• Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection.
• Model professional behavior and ethics.


Board/Certification Examinations

Medical Coding Certification can be obtained after graduation through either the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Certification requires successful completion of a written examination.



• Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
• The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
• This technical diploma will take a minimum of three terms to complete.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit