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Professional Medical Coding

Next class starting early 2017!
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Medical Coding professionals transform healthcare diagnosis, procedures, and medical services into universal medical codes. They help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes taking the information from the patient's medical record, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance companies.

Program Brochure

About the Program

Professional Medical Coding is a 128 hour class that is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. Class meets 1 to 2 evenings a week and students should expect to spend at least 10 hours of work outside the classroom. Upon completion of the class, students will sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders).

Program to Include
  • Anatomy & medical terminology 
  • Fundamentals of medical coding
  • CPT, ICD-9, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding
  • Evaluation & management review
  • Expertise in reviewing and assigning correct procedure & diagnostic codes
Requirements
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or college (must provide copy of transcript with registration)
  • Medical background preferred
  • Working knowledge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet
Instructors

Alisha Vorthmann, RN, BSN teaches the anatomy and medical terminology portion of the class. Alisha received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in 2006. She has worked in the areas of medical surgical nursing, the cardiac cath lab and the cardiac center as well as mental health nursing. Since 2009, Alisha has been passionate about teaching in the continuing health education department at Iowa Western.

Julie Leu, CPC, CPMA, CPCO, CPC-I teaches the medical coding portion of the class.  Julie co-founded the Metro Omaha Coders local chapter and has served as chapter president for each of the Omaha-based local chapters.Julie had the honor of representing that region from 2009 to 2011 on the National Advisory Board for the AAPC, during which term, she assisted in writing the exam for the CPMA (Certified Professional Medical Auditor) certification. Currently, Julie is the manager of the Review and Education team for Catholic Health Initiatives in Nebraska.

Career and Salary Information

Most medical coding professionals work in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices.  Some also find employment with long-term care facilities, home health services, private medical billing and coding companies, or with the government. Medical Coding careers are expected to grow 22% through 2022. Expected wage range is $16 - $24 per hour.

Fees

$2795 includes books, handouts/resources, AAPC student membership for 1 year and CPC exam. Fee must accompany registration. Money order/cashier’s check/credit card only—no personal checks accepted.  Pre-registration is required.

Tuition Assistance

This program is approved for tuition assistance through our Education 2 Employment program. For more information contact Rachel Jensen at 712.325.3268 or rjensen@iwcc.edu.                                                                                            

For more information about the Professional Medical Coding program contact Sheri Splichal 712.325.3265 or ssplichal@iwcc.edu.