Translating knowledge into a career.

A medical coder is an essential member of a health care team. In this role, you’ll be responsible for translating important medical information into simple codes to document medical records and ensure accurate reimbursement.

In this one-year, fully online program, you’ll develop an understanding of medical coding as a data collection tool; gain an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and medical terminology; and master the principles of medical coding, which is critical to health care services reimbursement. Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be able to apply your skills to proper CPT-4 and ICD-10 coding in various health care settings.

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What you’ll learn

  • Gain entry-level coding skills with ICD-10-CM and CPT-4.
  • Be able to describe the relationship between coding and reimbursement in health care, including how to complete the CMS-1500 billing form.
  • Develop appropriate billing and coding skills, such as using medical office simulation software and how to manage the front office.
  • Display professional workplace behaviors including patient confidentiality and professional ethics.
  • Demonstrate clear and effective verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and accountability measures within their scope of practice.
  • Understand the United States Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Possible careers

  • Hospital medical records departments
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health agencies
  • EMS services
  • Hospitals


Amanda Piegan, CMA, MPA
Coordinator Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, and Coding Program