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:

California

Provider: Coastline College (General)

Medical Coding & Billing Certificate

Program Length: 6 months

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

Program Start Dates :

  • June 13, 2022
  • August 29, 2022
Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

Provider: Clackamas Community College

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

Program Length: 8 months

Application Deadlines: 

  • June 6, 2022
  • September 12, 2022

Program Start Dates:

  • June 20, 2022
  • September 26, 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 & Billing Certificate

Program Length: 3 months

Application Deadlines:

  • June 13, 2022
  • September 12, 2022

Program Start Dates:

  • June 27, 2022
  • September 26, 2022

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

Nevada

Provider: Coastline College (General)

Medical Coding & Billing Certificate

Program Length: 6 months

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

Program Start Dates :

  • June 13, 2022
  • August 29, 2022

 

Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Medical Coding & Billing Certificate

Program Length: 9 months

Application Deadlines:

  • May 23, 2022
  • August 15, 2022

Program Start Dates:

  • June 6, 2022
  • August 29, 2022

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

Colorado

Provider: Coastline College (General)

Medical Coding & Billing Certificate

Program Length: 6 months

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

Program Start Dates :

  • June 13, 2022
  • August 29, 2022

 

Provider: Arapahoe Community College

Medical Office Technology Billing & Reimbursement

Program Length: 25 units

Application Deadline:

  • May 17, 2022

Program Start Date:

  • May 31, 2022

Prerequisites: None

 

Provider: Community College of Denver

Medical Coding

Application Deadline: May 17, 2022

Program Start Dates: May 31, 2022

 

Provider: Community College of Aurora

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Certificate

Application Deadline:

  • May 17, 2022
  • July 8, 2022

Program Start Dates:

  • May 31, 2022
  • August 22, 2022

Prerequisites: None

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