Medical Coding: Professional and Facility

Medical Coding: Professional and Facility

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Your career opportunities include working for healthcare systems, outpatient surgical facilities, independent clinics, home health care agencies, insurance companies and auditing firms. Experienced coders may have the opportunity to work from home through their employer or work as independent contractors for coding companies. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates! 
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$40,430.00
Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 67 (AAS)

Are you intrigued by the business of healthcare? Are you ready to respond to a higher calling? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Medical Coding: Professional and Facility degree. As a Medical Coding: Professional and Facility specialist, you’ll review medical documentation, apply coding guidelines and assign codes using nationally recognized coding systems which are used for the purposes of reimbursement, research statistics, and reporting.

You’ll become proficient in the use of professional coding systems and may apply to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination or the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) examination which are both sponsored through the AAPC. The curriculum in this program also meets the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) requirements to sit for their Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination.

This degree is also offered as a hybrid program, where students attend classes mostly online along with a class on-campus one night a week.

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This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 67 (AAS)

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Cindy Hagle, BS, CPC
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Cindy joined Southeast Tech in 2013 when the Medical Coding Program began. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Southeast Tech and says the best part of her job is watching her students graduate and become successfully employed coders.

Cindy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business, but has worked in the Medical Coding field for many years. She has worked as a coder, a coding analyst, and a coding manager before coming to Southeast Tech. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA). She usually has some sort of part-time or summer job in the coding field to keep up to date in the ever-changing coding world.

When Cindy isn’t working, she keeps busy with her family, which includes her husband, two sons, soon-to-be daughter in law, and two Golden Doodles.  A native of Chamberlain, Cindy and her family spend as many weekends as possible on the river boating, fishing and kayaking.

Education: BS, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, CPC; CPMA
 

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