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A Medical Coding Specialist diploma allows you to work in a variety of settings.

As an essential part of the medical billing process, a medical coder is responsible for verifying that documented medical care performed by healthcare providers contains the use of standard medical coding language that is recognized by health insurance providers. The function of the medical coder is to ensure that the correct codes are assigned so that the insurance company can quickly and efficiently review and process medical claims. As a medical coder, you can work in various settings such as physician offices, hospitals, billing companies, insurance companies, etc. Our program can be completed in 12 months for students in our day classes, or in 18 months for those in our online courses.

Once you graduate from the Spencerian College Medical Coding Specialist program, you’ll have various options for certification. The program curriculum includes mock certification simulated exam experiences to assist you in skill development for your future certification exams. Certification would be an additional indication of your skills and professional abilities.

If you’d like to learn more about Spencerian’s Medical Coding Specialist program, request more information or if you’re ready to get started, enroll today!

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Class Title Credit Hours
CCS110 College Success Strategies 2
CCS130 Keyboarding 5
CCS245 Career Development 2
CCS280 Word Processing I 3
ENG121 English I 4
MED165* Electronic Records Management 3
MED171 Medical Ethics 4
MED172 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MED173 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MED176 Medical Terminology 4
MED177 Pharmacology/Laboratory Terminology 4
MED178 Medical Insurance 3
MED209 Advanced Medical Terminology for Medical Coding 4
MED270 Medical Administrative Techniques 3
MED277 Introduction to Medical Coding 3
MED289 Medical Coding II 3
MED290 Medical Coding III 3
MED291* Advanced CPT Coding 3
MED298** Medical Coding Externship 5
Total Credit Hours

#Plus externship

*Course offered in the day and online divisions only.

***The externship consists of 160 hours of on-the-job training, which is taken after all other course work is completed. Due to facility availability, these hours must be completed during the day. Students may not receive payment/reimbursement of any type for clinical and/or externship hours required in their academic program. Students may also not perform these clinical and/or externship hours with their employer in the capacity of their regular position.

The Medical Coding Diploma program is also available online. Spencerian classes are offered in a hybrid format where students complete a portion of the course online and a portion on campus or at approved sites/facilities. Entrance and graduation requirements for online classes and on-campus classes are the same. All students have access to “Student Quick Start,” a print-based tutorial and reference guide. Online students must have access to a PC with a high speed Internet connection. Spencerian College currently utilizes Blackboard Learning Inc. software, a fully integrated e-learning platform that allows the College to rapidly create, deliver, and measure interactive learning over the Internet. Students may need to purchase additional software required for a specific course. There is an additional per credit hour charge for online classes. See Supplement A.

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