Medical Coding Specialist

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Program Number: 31-530-2
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Online
This program is eligible for financial aid

Start your career in the health care industry—become a medical coding specialist in less than a year with an online diploma from Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Medical coding specialists review medical documentation provided by health care providers and translate it into an alphanumeric classification system. Using universally recognized coding systems, the coding specialist then assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes, which are used by insurance companies to process health care claims, as well as for statistics and medical research.

Graduates from Moraine Park's online Medical Coding Specialist program are eligible to take the national Clinical Coding Associate (CCA) certification examination through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). They may also take AHIMA’s national Clinical Coding Specialist (CCS) examination (two years of coding experience is recommended before taking the CCS examination).

What You’ll Learn

Graduates learn medical coding basics, including how to collect health data, use apps to collect and code data, apply coding and reimbursement systems and act professionally and ethically in the workplace.

The courses in this technical diploma transfer into the Health Information Technology associate of applied science degree.

Transfer Opportunities

Earn credits at MPTC and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Additional Information

State Certification Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Medical Coding Specialist program prepares students to obtain the educational requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Visit the Accreditation page for more details about certification.

Certification Organization: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Successful completion of 530-165 Intermediate Coding is the exit assessment graduation requirement for this program.


Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn college credit outside the classroom through Moraine Park’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) opportunities. Credit opportunities are available for:

  •   Previous college coursework from prior institutions
  •   Military training and experience
  •   Passing of MPTC or national exams
  •   Skills or knowledge developed on the job or through other life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs



  • $146.20 per credit (resident)
  • $219.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $4.50 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $12.50 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $10 minimum per credit Online Course Fee (Fee suspended for 2023-2024)
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for associate degree and technical diploma programs (those that are 2 semesters in length and typically with 28 credits or more). Processing can take 4-5 weeks after a student's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

 Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
530-182 Human Diseases for the Health Professions 3
530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding 3
Basic Anatomy
or General Anatomy and Physiology
890-101 College 101 2
Semester 2
501-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 2
530-159 Healthcare Revenue Management 3
530-162 Foundations of HIM 3
530-165 Intermediate Coding 3
530-184 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding 3
530-199 ICD Procedure Coding 2
 Total Credits30-31

Program Outcomes

  • Collect health data
  • Model professional behavior and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems


Earn a technical diploma and associate degree along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospital Outpatient Coder
  • Physician Specialty Coder
  • Charge Master Auditor
  • Acute Care Coder
  • Ambulatory Coder
  • Insurance Claims Clerk
  • Other positions with an emphasis on coding/data analysis

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates