Medical Coder

Medical Coder

Technical Diploma

At one time, patient medical histories had to be pieced together by tracking down isolated paper records from different providers. Today they are increasingly coded and processed into a secure digital format that authorized medical personnel can access. These electronic health records (EHR) allow physicians and other caregivers to make informed decisions quickly, drastically improving quality of care and efficiency.

A Closer Look

The front lines of health information are staffed by skilled medical coders who analyze, maintain, compile, report, and protect patient information. These professionals follow industry regulations and use standard code sets to translate documented diagnoses and procedures into alphanumeric codes. They also ensure compliance with important medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system.

Medical coders and other health information professionals have sharp software and computer skills. Many also possess good communication skills and work closely with other healthcare workers to make clarifications and obtain information.


What You'll Learn

The Medical Coder program at Mid-State prepares students for entry-level work as medical coders in health care settings, such as hospitals, physician offices, long-term care facilities, and more. Medical coders review medical documentation and assign diagnosis and procedure codes for the purposes of billing, quality improvement, statistical reporting, and medical research.

In this program, you’ll be introduced to reimbursement principles and build proficiency in assigning codes across all settings. After program completion, graduates may qualify to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credentialing exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Careers

  • Chargemaster Coordinator
  • Coding Specialist
  • Coding Support Specialist
  • Medical Coder

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Medical Coder program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

KERRY HEINECKE, MS

Kerry has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and 17 years of experience working in software and health information management for medical providers. She has taught in the Wisconsin Technical College System for over 10 years. To keep up with emerging trends, she attends professional development sessions for HIIM educators and serves on a number of industry leadership boards.

“I teach by trying to reach students' hearts because I want to help people discover their passion in life.”

ANGELA VOIGHT, AAS

Angela earned her associate degree from Mid-State and has over four years of experience as a medical coder for local hospitals. To keep her skills and professional certifications up to date, she attains 56 credits of continuing education every year.

“I enjoy teaching because of the 'aha' moments.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00
10530111 Introduction to Health Records 3.00
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
(10 Credits)
Term: 2
10530122 Electronic Health Records 3.00
10530144 CPT Coding 3.00
10530182 Human Disease for the Health Professions 3.00
10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3.00
(12 Credits)
Term: 3
10530146 Private and Government Reimbursement 3.00
10530148 Advanced Coding 2.00
10530199 ICD Procedure Coding 2.00
(7 Credits)
Total Credits: 29