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The healthcare industry relies on qualified medical coders, medical billing specialists, patient registrars, and more.

If you are a stickler for details, love to apply critical thinking to problem-solving, and have excellent communication skills, you would be the perfect candidate for a career in Medical Information, Revenue Management, or Medical Coding.

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What Will I Learn About Medical Coding at JCCC?

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.

In our Medical Coding class, you will study:

  • 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

You’ll also 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 Medical 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

Why JCCC’s Medical Coding program?

You’ll find that there are several reasons to choose JCCC to pursue your education in Medical Coding. Here’s what we offer in our Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program:

  • Small class size for personalized attention
  • Evolving resources to help you advance in the Medical Coding profession
  • Experienced, forward-thinking faculty who help you attain real-world, marketable skills
  • A résumé-building required internship that gives you real-world experience in Medical Coding
  • 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.

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As a certified Medical Coding Specialist, you will be able to find work with 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

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 or 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.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.

This program requires an internship, practicum, clinical component or state/board licensing. The institutions that host internships/practicums/clinicals may require applicants to provide a Social Security number or show proof of having a Social Security card. See program chairperson for more information.