Medical Coding Specialist
Medical Coding Specialist Program Overview
Students interested in medical coding training can learn the skills needed for entry-level employment in hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies through hands-on training at Delta Technical College.
The Medical Coding Specialist Program instructors will use their expertise and in-the-field experience to train students on the analysis of medical records, charts, and other documents. Upon completion of the medical coding training, graduates should be able to perform the following tasks:
- Translate doctors' notes and other documentation into numerical descriptions of illnesses and treatments
- Index diagnoses and procedures to provide information for reimbursement purposes
- Locate crucial information within medical records to provide precise coding
Delta Tech’s Medical Coding Specialist curriculum incorporates lessons about anatomy, medical terminology, etiology, pathology, and the symptoms and signs of various diseases.
For medical coding certification, students can sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam that is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) upon graduation from the Medical Coding Specialist Program.
*Not all programs and courses are available at all campuses.
- CPT & Modifiers
- Office Skills & Coding
- Administration & Coding
- Insurance Guidelines & Coding
- Insurance Claims & Coding
- Employment Prep and Certification & Externship
*Modules can be taken in any order; however, Medical Coding Externship will always be taken last by the student.
Medical Coding FAQ
- Medical coders review patient information so the patient data can be coded properly. Medical coders transcribe doctors’ medical notes into universal code, which describes illnesses and procedures. Examples of common careers include: medical coding specialist, insurance coder, claims specialist and international classification of diseases/CPT coder.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $42,630 in May 2019. Most medical coders work full-time, and many have the opportunity to earn extra income by taking on evening and overnight shifts.
- Medical coding specialists can seek employment in hospitals (state, local, and private), offices of physicians, administrative and support offices, nursing care facilities, and professional, scientific, and technical services. Most working environments are comfortable for medical coders and include indoor offices.
The Medical Coding Specialist Program at Delta Tech prepares students for entry-level positions that may be found in medical offices, clinics, hospitals, and insurance companies.
- As the medical industry grows, medical coders are increasingly in demand. BLS projects the employment of medical records and health information technicians to grow 8% between 2019 and 2029, which is much faster than the average of all other occupations (4%).
Medical Coding at Delta Technical College
Medical coding training offers instruction on the skills and tasks required to be a medical coder, from the analysis of medical records to understanding diseases that affect the human body. Students will experience medical coding training in an assortment of ways, including workbook pages, case studies, role play, daily exercises, and more. The medical coding specialist classes and externship at DTC offer training from experienced professionals that can prepare graduates for entry-level jobs after graduation. When students complete the Medical Coding Specialist Program at DTC they can sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam in order to earn medical coding certification.
Delta Tech offers a variety of financing options to qualifying students. Financial Aid Representatives are available at each of our campuses to assist you. Please contact your nearest Delta Tech campus today to learn more.
Enrollment and outcome information and the ACCSC annual reports for each program in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses.
Medical Coding Careers
Medical coding may be the right choice for someone interested in an allied health career that doesn’t require patient contact. Typical job titles include: Medical coding specialist, insurance coder, claims specialist, and medical coder.
Medical coders aid the healthcare and medical industries by translating important procedures and diseases into universal code that is used by the Center for Disease Control and medical offices around the nation. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential skills for medical coders and can contribute to a successful career.
Although medical coders typically work in doctors’ offices and hospitals, many medical coders may eventually choose to work out of their homes. Medical coding remote positions typically require several years of professional coding experience.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for medical coders will increase by 8% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average occupation growth rate of 4%. *www.bls.gov
Delta Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).
Delta Tech is approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Federal Financial Aid Program.
Delta Technical College is licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary Schools and College Registration, Certificate No. C-624. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Delta Technical College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.