Medical Coding Pathway

Medical Coders manage health information data by ensuring that it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

The Education Fund has partnered with educational providers to members options in Medical Coding. The Medical Coding programs focus on preparing the students for in-depth knowledge of coding. These programs will give you the skills and knowledge you need to gain national certification as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Why Become a Medical Coder?


  • Jobs for Medical Coders are projected to grow 8% from 2019 to 2029.
  • Half of all medical coders earn over $20.50 per hour and can earn up to $42,630 annually.
  • With additional coursework, Medical coders can move up the ladder to become Information clerks, Medical Billing, Medical and Health Service Mangers, Medical Assistant, Medical Transcriptionists and Pharmacy Technicians.
  • Medical Coders work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals; state, local and private, physician office, dental offices, medical clinics and other healthcare facilities.

Program Locations & Dates

Find your region below and click to expand and find out about start dates, program length and more:

Southern California

Provider: Coastline College (General)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the program is offered each semester.

Program Dates :

  • Spring Semester: January 17 – May 28, 2022. Apply by January 14, 2022
Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

Provider: Clackamas Community College

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Program Length: 37 units

Program Start Dates: January 3, 2022 – March 19, 2022

Prerequisites: Complete with a C or better in Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I or II or III, and Medical Terminology and English Composition courses.


Provider: Portland Community College

Medical Coding Certificate

Program Length: 12 units

Program Start Dates: January 10, 2022 – March 27, 2022

Prerequisites: Complete with a C or better in Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology for Coders courses


Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Medical Coding Certificate

Program Length: 44 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Prerequisite: Some classes may be required and will be reviewed before mandatory orientation with the school.


Provider: Community College of Denver

Medical Coding

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 9, 2022

Get started

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