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Iowa Western Community College

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist

September 6, 2018 -- May 18, 2019

Registration deadline is August 30, 2018. Must provide copy of recent transcript and resume to process registration.

Medical billing and coding professionals play a vital role in today’s healthcare industry. It is how those in the healthcare field keep track of the data and paperwork involved with medical procedures, and keep information flowing efficiently between medical service providers and insurance companies.

Program Brochure (class schedule included)
About the Program

This class is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. See brochure for schedule. Students should expect to spend at least 12 hours of work outside the classroom. Upon completion of the class, students will sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).

Program to Include
  • Anatomy and medical terminology
  • Principles of medical billing
  • Understanding health insurance
  • Fundamentals of medical coding
  • Most up-to-date information on CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding
  • Evaluation and management review
  • Expertise in reviewing and assigning correct procedure and diagnostic codes
  • Preparation for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam 
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or college study
    • copy of most recent transcript must be provided at time of registration
    • unofficial copy is acceptable
    • email transcript to ssplichal@iwcc.edu
  • 2 years experience in the medical field
    • can be in school or work
    • provide a copy of your current resume, email to ssplichal@iwcc.edu
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet

Alisha Vorthmann RN, BSN, teaches the anatomy and medical terminology portion of the course. 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. 

Colette Bernard CPC, CPMA, CRC teaches the medical billing and coding portion of the course.

Career and Salary Information

Most medical billing and coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices. Some find employment with long-term care facilities, home health services, private medical billing and coding companies, or with the government. Medical billing and coding careers are expected to grow 21% by 2020. Expected wage range is $14 - $20 per hour.


$2,995 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.  To register, call 712.325.3255. Must provide copy of recent transcript and resume to process registration. Registration deadline is August 30, 2018.

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information! 

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