Medical Coder

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Why choose Medical Coder?

  • The future of medical records is electronic—coded and processed into a secure digital format.
  • Get the training needed for employment as an entry-level medical coder, where you will assign diagnosis and procedure codes for billing, quality improvement, statistical reporting, and medical research.
  • Graduate into many great careers, or advance your education in the Health Information Management associate in applied science (AAS).
  • Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
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.

Program Locations

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

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).

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2019/2020 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,595.89
  • Books: $2,080.19
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $110.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,786.08

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
10530111 Introduction to Health Records 3.00
(10 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10530144 CPT Coding 3.00
10530182 Human Disease for the Health Professions 3.00
10530122 Electronic Health Records 3.00
10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3.00
(12 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10530166 Inpatient Procedure Coding 3.00
10530146 Private and Government Reimbursement 3.00
10530147 HIM Advanced Coding 3.00
(9 Credits)
(31 Credits)

Instructors

KERRY HEINECKE, AAS, BS, 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 Technical College and has 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.”

Careers

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

“Earning a degree at Mid-State allowed me to widen my employment possibilities outside my limited geographical area and elevate my earning potential. I was even able to take required courses online and continue with ‘life as usual.’”

LORINDA LEACH
MID-STATE ‘15
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI

Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Medical Coder Pathway