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.

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

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 online program orientation.
  • 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

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.)
Curriculum: Students who complete coursework in prerequisite order will take a minimum of three terms to finish the Medical Coding technical diploma.
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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. 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.

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