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 Coastline College to offer the Medical Coding Specialist Certification Program to eligible members. The Medical Coding Specialist certificate prepares the students to pass the tests administered by the American Health Information Management Association to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). This certificate program focuses on preparing the students for an in-depth knowledge of coding.
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.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the program is offered each semester. Upcoming sessions:
- Spring Semester – Jan/Feb-May 2021. Apply by January 15, 2021.
- Summer Semester – June-August 2021. Apply by May 15, 2021.
- Fall Semester – Aug/Sept-December 2021. Apply by July 31, 2021.