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A Johnson County Community College instructor reviews diagnostic coding with two medical information and revenue management students.

What will I learn?

You are a stickler for details. You love to apply critical thinking to problem-solving. You are independent and self-motivated. You have excellent communication skills.

You are a perfect candidate for the Medical Coding Specialist certificate.

Demand continues to soar for specialists who can accurately and efficiently code healthcare information. With a Medical Coding Specialist Certificate, you’ll use your skills along with the latest technology to analyze documentation and correctly report patient diagnoses and procedures for healthcare reimbursement.


  • Basics of health records and technology, including how to read charts
  • Medical terminology and pharmacology
  • Human anatomy and physiology – the same class required by nursing programs
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding in inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Reimbursement methodology
  • Legal and ethical issues in healthcare

Learn why it’s important to understand national policy reform, including:

  • HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 
  • meaningful use
  • health information exchanges
  • consumer engagement
  • security regulations

Apply your knowledge of health information technology, healthcare delivery and record documentation to your coding duties.

When you successfully complete the program, you are eligible for two credentialing examinations:

  1. Certified Professional Coder (CPC) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  2. Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credentialing examination offered by AHIMA, the American Health Information Management Association


Here’s what we offer:

  • Smaller class sizes for personalized attention
  • Evolving resources to help you advance
  • Experienced, forward-thinking faculty who help you attain real-world, marketable skills
  • A résumé-building required internship that gives you real-world experience
  • Paid internship opportunities, career counseling, and an active job board

You’ll receive free memberships to both the national Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Greater Kansas City HIMSS chapter, giving you access to the industry’s most powerful resources with an immense network of industry professionals. 

Join other successful JCCC students Apply now

Find work in hospital systems, clinics, provider practices, safety net providers, software vendors and more. Entry-level jobs include:

  • Certified coding associate
  • Certified coding specialist
  • Certified professional coder
  • Medical billing professional
  • Billing specialist
  • Insurance claims specialist
  • Collections specialist
  • Release of information specialist
  • Patient registrar

Or continue on at JCCC to achieve your Associate of Science-Health Information Systems. Should you decide to move on to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, your credits will transfer to the Healthcare Information Management program at The University of Kansas and Ottawa University’s clinical and nonclinical bachelor’s degree programs in Health Care Management, among others. See our transfer guides for details about other schools.

Download the Medical Coding Specialist Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.