Medical Coding Specialist

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Medical Coding Specialist

Technical Diploma

29 Credits | 1 Year

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

The Medical Coding Specialist program prepares individuals for employment as entry-level coding specialists in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home healthcare agencies. Coding specialists are also employed in consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies.

Program Overview

The Medical Coding Specialist reviews medical documentation provided by physicians and other healthcare providers and translates this into numeric codes. The coding specialist assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes using universally-recognized coding systems. Several uses of coded data are for payment of healthcare claims, statistics and medical research.

Program Outcomes

Medical Coding Specialist graduates will be able to:

  • Collect health data
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
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Students completing the one-year Medical Coding Specialist program have the option of returning to complete the associate degree Health Information Technology program.

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Flexible scheduling and start dates.

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In-demand career. 


Medical Coding Specialist is available fully online. This program is embedded within the Health Information Technology program. 


The program may be completed in a full-time or part-time format. 

Career Pathways

Earn credentials each step of the way! As a graduate of the Medical Coding Specialist program, you can continue your education to earn the Health Information Technology associate degree. 

Offered Fully Online

Complete the full Medical Coding Specialist program completely online. 

Required Courses

The program is comprised of courses that prepare you for a career as a medical coding specialists. Courses include Medical Terminology, Intermediate Coding, Healthcare Revenue Management and more. 

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Featured Medical Coding Specialist Courses

| 3 CR
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: 10530184 CPT Coding and 10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding and successful completion of COREQUISITE: 10530199 ICD Procedure Coding is required prior to taking Intermediate Coding.
| 3 CR
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: Admission to plan 105301 Health Information Technology or 315302 Medical Coding Specialist, Corequisite: 10501101 Medical Terminology and 10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology
| 3 CR
Prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation. PREREQUISITE: Admission to plan 105301 Health Information Technology or 315302 Medical Coding Specialist COREQUISITES: 10501101 Medical Terminology, 10530182 Human Disease for the Health Professions and 10806177 General Anatomy and Physiology.

Medical Coding Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Medical Coding Specialist student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
29 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Medical Coding Specialist, Clinical Coding Specialist, Claims Analyst
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You can continue your education to earn an associate degree.

Associate Degree
62 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Health Information Technician, HIM Supervisor, Insurance / Business Specialist
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Continue your education to earn a bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Medical Coding Specialist

29 Credits | 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Medical Coding Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Medical Coding Specialist technical diploma. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Health Information Technology associate degree.

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Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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