MEDICAL CODING SPECIALIST
Medical Coding Specialist Program Overview
The Medical Coding Specialist Program provides the skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions normally available in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies as a part of the healthcare team.
Midwest Technical Institute’s medical coding training instructs students in the analysis of medical records (charts) and the assignment of codes for indexing diagnoses and procedures to provide information for reimbursement purposes. “Coding” refers to transforming the written or verbal description of diseases, injuries and procedures into numerical designations.
Medical coding classes also include anatomy and medical terminology. Students will learn about diseases that affect the human body, etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostics and treatment in order to properly code medical records. Students will become familiar with the content of the medical record, in order to locate information to support or provide specificity for accurate coding.
For medical coding certification, students can sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam that is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) upon graduation from the Medical Coding Specialist Program.
*Not all programs and courses are available at all campuses.
- CPT & Modifiers
- Office Skills & Coding
- Administration & Coding
- Insurance Guidelines & Coding
- Insurance Claims & Coding
- Employment Prep and Certification & Externship
*Modules can be taken in any order; however, Medical Coding Externship will always be taken last by the student.
Medical Coding FAQ
- Medical coders organize and manage health information data. In medical coding, the “coding” refers to transforming the written or verbal description of diseases, injuries and procedures into numerical designations. This is one of the few healthcare occupations that require little contact with patients. Typical job titles include: Medical coding specialist, insurance coder, claims specialist and international classification of diseases/CPT coder.
- The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $42,630 in May 2019. *www.bls.gov
- Medical coding specialists typically work a 40-hour week. The working conditions are generally pleasant and within comfortable offices. MTI’s Medical Coding Specialist Program provides the skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions normally available in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for medical coders will increase by 8% from 2019 to 2029. *www.bls.gov
Medical Coding at Midwest Technical Institute
Medical coding training offers instruction on the skills and tasks required to be a medical coder, from the assignment of codes to anatomy and medical terminology. Students will experience medical coding training in a variety of different ways, including projects, quizzes, case studies, role play, and more. The medical coding specialist classes and externship at MTI offer training from experienced professionals that can prepare graduates for entry-level jobs after graduation. When students complete the Medical Coding Specialist Program at MTI they can sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam in order to earn medical coding certification.
Midwest Technical Institute offers a variety of financing options to qualifying students. Financial Aid Representatives are available at each of our campuses to assist you. Please contact your nearest MTI campus today to learn more.
Enrollment and outcome information for all Illinois-based campuses and the ACCSC annual reports for each program in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses.
Medical Coding Careers
Medical coding may be the right choice for someone interested in an allied health career that doesn’t require patient contact. Typical job titles in the medical coding field include: Medical coding specialist, insurance coder, claims specialist, and medical coder. Attention to detail and accuracy are very important skills for medical coders and can contribute to a successful career.
Although medical coders usually work in doctors’ offices and hospitals, many medical coders may eventually choose to work out of their homes. Medical coding remote positions typically require several years of professional coding experience.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for medical coders will increase by 8% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average occupation growth rate of 4%. *www.bls.gov
MTI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
MTI is approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Federal Financial Aid Program.
MTI is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701. For more info: www.ibhe.org