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

Online

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).

Outcomes

  • Apply clinical documentation and diagnostic results to ensure accurate diagnostic and procedural coding.
  • Validate completeness and accuracy of health data for coding, billing, and statistical purposes.
  • Evaluate components of revenue cycle management and clinical documentation improvement.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,716.00
  • Books: $1,939.25
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $110.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,765.25

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10501101 Medical Terminology  3
  10806189 Basic Anatomy 3
  10530123 Introduction to Digital Information in Healthcare 3
  10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction  3
  Term Total   12 Credits
       
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10530144 CPT Coding 3
  10530117 Human Disease for the Health Professions 3
  10530197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
  Term Total   9 Credits
       
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10530115 Inpatient Procedure Coding 3
  10530146 Private and Government Reimbursement 3
  10530147 HIM Advanced Coding 3
  Term Total   9 Credits
       
  Program Total   30 Credits

Instructors

JULIE LARSEN, BS, RHIA, CCS, CDIP

Julie Larsen holds an AAS and a BS in health information management and technology. She is pursuing her master's in career and technical education at UW-Stout. With over a decade of experience in coding, auditing, education, and quality analysis, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching role at Mid-State. Julie's expertise includes training coders and other healthcare professionals on coding, DRG mismatch, quality analysis, data analytics, and alignment processes. She has developed educational materials and facilitated coding training programs for coders through both classroom and one-on-one settings. Julie is a highly skilled healthcare professional with extensive experience in medical coding and health information and a passion for helping her students.

“I love the educator role because the environment constantly changes in health information, and the learning never stops. Watching someone learn about the opportunities and expanding their knowledge is a fulfilling experience.”

ANGELA VOIGHT, AAS, BS

Angie Voight is a highly skilled healthcare professional with a diverse educational and professional background. She holds an AAS in biomedical informatics, also known as health information management, from Mid-State Technical College and a BS in career and technical education and training from UW-Stout. With her extensive knowledge and expertise, Angie is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with numerous years of experience in medical coding for local hospitals. Angie prioritizes her continuing education credits to help students stay updated with the latest developments and trends in the field. She understands that the healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and it is crucial for professionals to keep themselves informed and knowledgeable. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as an educator and is committed to helping her students.

“I love teaching because of the satisfaction of witnessing students have those ‘aha’ moments.”

Careers

  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Claims Reviewer
  • Financial Services Specialist
  • Coding Support Specialist

Fast-Track

High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

“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
GRADUATE

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.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

Medical Coder Pathway