Medical Coding: Professional Services

Medical Coding: Professional Services

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Your career opportunities include working for healthcare organizations, 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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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 35 (Diploma)

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 one year with a Hospital Coding: Professional Services diploma. As a Medical Coding: Professional Services specialist, you’ll work as a professional or physician coder. You’ll review medical documentation, apply coding guidelines and assign codes using nationally recognized coding systems. Codes 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 that is sponsored by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). They may also continue their education another year and complete their A.A.S. degree in Medical Coding.

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

We also offer a hybrid Certified Professional Coder certificate!

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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 35 (Diploma)


Catherine J. Rasmussen, CPC
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Catherine attended Southeast Tech as a student in the Health Information Services Diploma program in the spring of 2012, while making a career change from many years in financial services. While at Southeast Tech, she developed a great interest in the medical coding field and achieved her AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification and began 6+ years of medical coding experience. During that time, she worked as an office manager in a smaller clinic setting, which allowed her to experience and understand the impact of coding to the practice’s entire revenue cycle.

Catherine received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Accounting and her Associate of Arts Degree in Electronic Data Processing from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. She then achieved the Health Information Services Diploma from Southeast Tech.

Education: BS-Business/Accounting, Northern State University-Aberdeen, SD; AA-Electronic Data Processing, Northern State University-Aberdeen; Health Information Services Diploma, Southeast Tech Sioux Falls, SD; AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC)





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