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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.

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

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

Or continue 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 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.

Money matters. JCCC works hard to make tuition affordable for you and offers various resources to ensure you are able to pursue your education in Medical Coding.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.