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Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Medical Coding Specialist A.A.S. Degree at Northland.

The Medical Coding Specialist program prepares students in many of the procedures associated with billing for medical services. Students receive training in medical billing processes, including patient account management, diagnosis and procedure coding and medical insurance claim processing.

A thorough understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology and human disease conditions is necessary for anyone working in this field. Medical coding involves using nationally-recognized coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to medical treatment. These codes provide information that is used in insurance claims processing.

Many different types of insurance programs are handled in the medical office. Students will examine insurance programs/plans such as Medicare, Medicaid & TRICARE, profit and non-profit third-party payers, workers’ compensation packages and disability coverage.

Graduates of the program are eligible to complete entry-level national coding certification exams.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate professional business communication in writing and speaking.
  2. Student will use correct medical terminology in all healthcare applications.
  3. Student will utilize appropriate technologies for healthcare applications.
  4. Student will interpret health care records accurately.
  5. Student will prepare and manage records according to healthcare standards.
  6. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits, including punctuality, attitudes, and behaviors expected of the medical coding specialist profession.
  7. Student will perform diagnosis and procedure coding accurately and properly.
  8. Student will apply correct insurance procedures to medical coding specialist tasks.
  9. Student will provide optimal, professional services expected by patients and employers while performing required medical coding specialist duties.
  10. Student will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of medical coding specialist situations.
  11. Student will demonstrate interpersonal skills through effective listening, written, and oral communication in diverse situations.
  12. Student will exhibit professional, ethical practice, including confidentiality and other security and HIPAA requirements.

Additional Program Resources

  • 2020-22 Medical Coding Specialist AAS
  • 2015-20 Medical Coding Specialist AAS
  • 2013-15 Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
  • 2011-13 Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
  • 2010-11 Medical Coding & Insurance Certificate