Online Medical Coding Program

Program Overview


Join a Growing Medical Field as a Medical Coder

Medical coding is an integral part of the medical profession as it is directly responsible for the reimbursement of medical services performed by medical professionals. The financial health of a medical hospital, clinic, or private practice depends on accurate coding to obtain the highest possible reimbursement for procedures and services performed.

This online medical coding program teaches the skills needed to become a certified medical coder. In this program, you will:

  • Gain knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology
  • Support coding processes and identify codes for diagnoses and procedures
  • Learn the fundamentals of coding for Medicare/Medicaid claims
  • Explore the basics of medical insurance billing

This program consists of self-paced modules, and you can start any time once the program is launched. There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that students without previous medical experience complete the program in its entirety.

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Program Details

This six-module, online program is designed to teach the student the principles of diagnosis and procedure medical coding and to prepare the student to take the AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders) CPC-A, CPC-P examination. Medical employers and insurance payors seek certification from AAPC to ensure that the medical coder has extensive knowledge of coding procedures, guidelines, and conventions.

Module 1: Medical Terminology
Module 2: Anatomy and Physiology
Module 3: ICD-10-CM Medical Coding
Module 4: CPT Classification Systems
Module 5: HCPCS/Medicare Requirements/HIPAA Basics
Module 6: Coding Certification Review

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Medical Terminology

    This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of medical terminology. Focus will be on prefixes, suffixes, and root associations for common medical terms. The student will also be introduced to the terminology of medical body functions, organs and diseases associated with specific body tissues, organs, and systems.

  2. Anatomy and Physiology

    This course will focus on the human body, systems, and organs. Identification of the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary/exocrine, immune/lymphatic, muscular, nervous, renal/urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal systems, as well as their organs and functions.

  3. ICD-10-CM Medical Coding

    This course will focus on the coding principles and guidelines of using the ICD-10-CM coding manual. Identification of conditions, diseases, poisoning, accidental injuries, fractures, symptoms, neoplasms, and mental health diagnoses. Class to be used in conjunction with the CPT and HCPCS coding manuals.

  4. CPT Classification Systems

    This class will focus on the guidelines and procedures for coding tests, surgeries, management and evaluations, x-rays, and other medical procedures. The CPT coding manual works in tandem with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS code manuals. Students will learn to use the three categories used in the coding manual: common and widely used codes and procedures performed in inpatient and outpatient settings, tracking codes for performance management, and temporary codes for emerging technologies, services, and procedures.

  5. HCPCS/Medicare Requirements/HIPAA Basics

    This class will focus on learning the codes and usage of information for durable medical goods, injectable drugs, outpatient surgery, and Medicaid/Blue Cross codes. Students will also learn to code non-physician-based services such as ambulance services, prosthetic devices, and other medical services. Focus will also be on the relationship between the CPT and HCPCS in establishing the correct medical or service code.

  6. Coding Certification Review

    This short review course will be focused on preparing the student to sit for the AAPC certification exam. This module will provide two practice tests that will resemble the CPC exam in content and process. The student will also learn their deficiencies in ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS coding to focus on areas for improvement before sitting for the CPC exam. Insurance and billing basics will be introduced, as these basics are included in the AAPC exam. All three coding manuals will be used, and strategies for test taking will be introduced.

The Medical Coding program provides you with the basics of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology to understand concepts and terminology used in medical services, equipment, and HIPAA concepts and requirements. The program also teaches the fundamentals of diagnosis coding (ICD-10), procedure & services coding (CPT), and coding for Medical/Medicaid and DME or supplies (HCPCS).

The final course of the coding program gives provides helpful tips and two practice exams based on the CPC-A Certification exam model given through AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders) to help prepare for, and be successful in, your certification exam.

Bundle Price $2,995
Medical Terminology $495
Anatomy and Physiology $495
ICD-10-CM $695
CPT Professional $695
HCPCS Level II $495
Certification Review $495
Total Non-Bundle $3,370
Bundle Discount $375

This program is eligible for the military tuition discount, as well as the military 4K grant.

Students should pay for the entire program at one time to receive the discounted prices.

Yes, you are required to purchase textbooks and manuals for the program.

The Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology modules require “A Short Course in Medical Terminology,” the fourth edition, by Judi Nath. This textbook is used to supplement your learning material with required reading material to fully grasp the material presented. You are also required to purchase the “Coding Bundle” that consists of three (3) coding manuals:

  1. ICD-10-CM 2022 Medical Coding manual to look up diagnosis and condition codes
  2. CPT Professional 2022 to look up procedure codes
  3. HCPCS Level II coding manual to look up DME, procedure, and bundle codes

When you sit for the coding certification exam, it is required you use your coding manuals to locate codes.

Students who have successfully completed the program can seek college academic credit.

“COH 150” this is a course you can get articulated credit for taking the Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology modules in the Medical Coding program.

There are no prerequisites for Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology. It is recommended that you take the first two courses in the program or have medical experience before taking the coding modules. If you do not have previous medical experience, it is recommended that you take the program in the following order: Medical Terminology> A&P>ICD-10>CPT>HCPCS>Certification Review. If you do have medical experience and know medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, you can start with ICD-10.

Taking the program in order is recommended. You cannot proceed to the next module without successfully completing the previous module. This will ensure that you have the knowledge to proceed to the next module.

Each module is graded as complete or incomplete. Quizzes and exams within the modules require an 80% to pass.

Yes, you will earn 5.3 CEUs for successfully completing the program.

The program is a total of 53 on-task hours. Each module in the program allows the learner up to 30 days to complete the course at their own pace. The entire program can take up to 4-6 months to complete.

The modules are self-paced; there is no specific start or end time for the modules. Students can
complete an entire module in a day or across a month if they prefer.

You do not need medical experience to start the program. If you do have medical experience and understand medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, you may start the program with the ICD-10-CM module. Remember, if you choose to skip the first two modules, you will not be able to take advantage of the discount offered for the program. It is advisable to take the program from the beginning, even if you do have medical experience to take advantage of the discounted program cost.

You do not need to be certified to be employable in the medical field as a medical coder; however, 90% of employers will look for certification with AAPC or AHIMA to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to code correctly. On average, certified medical coders earn between 15% to 20% more than coders with no certification.

The program is designed to teach the learner the principles, conventions, and procedures to obtain correct codes for reimbursement. The program also provides the basic skills and knowledge to successfully sit for the AAPC, CPC-A Certification Exam.

As a beginning coder, or a coder with little or no experience, we recommend taking the CPC-A Certification first, after practicing for approximately two to three months after the completion of your Medical Coding program.

Once you have been employed as a medical coder for at least a year, we recommend you then obtain your certification through AHIMA with the CCA or CCS certification.

The online Medical Coding program is relevant for students seeking to gain knowledge and confidence in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and medical coding to start a career in medical coding or advance in an existing career. This program is also ideal for nurses, EMTs, and business and health care students who wish to supplement their education with medical coding.

Career Opportunities

Graduates could pursue career opportunities in the following fields:

  • Physicians’ offices, clinics, and hospitals
  • Home health agencies and nursing homes
  • Insurance and medical billing companies
  • Medical group practices

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