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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. Students will attend an asynchronous HIT/MCS Program Orientation and students are expected to have entry-level computer skills.

Follow Your Path

All credits in this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Health Information Technology, 105301

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
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
  • Submit the following to transcripts@nwtc.edu:
  • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript).
  • College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at start@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5444.
  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • Admission Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)

Requirements for Program Application

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • Admission Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students who complete coursework in prerequisite order will take a minimum of three terms to finish the Medical Coding technical diploma.
Summer Before First Semester
Semester Total
6
First Semester
Semester Total
12
Second Semester
Semester Total
11
Total Credits
29

Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-501-XXX, 10-806-XXX, and 10-530-XXX 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. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.

The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.

This technical diploma will take a minimum of three terms to complete.

Program Outcomes

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

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 nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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