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Medical Coding

Associate Degree - Diploma - Certificate

As the link between healthcare providers, insurance companies and patients, Medical Coders analyze health information data and use coding guidelines to categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement.

At Southeast Technical College, you have several options to get you started in this ever-growing industry. You can choose to earn an associate degree, a one-year diploma or get into the workforce sooner with a Medical Coding certificate. Students will study in the STC's Terrence Sullivan Health Science Center.

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Medical Coding degree program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2023 graduates.*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.

What Do Medical Coders Do?

Your goal as a medical coding technician is to maintain accessibility, accuracy and security of paper and electronic medical records.  After graduation, you will find opportunities to use your specialized skills in: 

  • Independent clinics 
  • Healthcare systems 
  • Outpatient surgical centers 
  • Auditing firms 
  • Insurance companies 
  • Home healthcare agencies

Medical coders use problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They identify and correct coding issues, understand and employ coding methodology and maintain professional and ethical standards.

Explore Program Options

Medical Coding: Professional and Facility

This 61-credit associate degree program teaches code sets for inpatient and outpatient applications. The professional services side focuses on the skills and knowledge for which patients see healthcare providers. The facility side focuses on the use of resources, including facility stays, medications, nurse time and medical equipment.  

Medical Coding Associate Degree

Medical Coding: Professional Services

This is a 35-credit diploma program designed to be competed in one year. Students learn about revenue cycles pertaining to a medical professional's service - any reason why a patient would see a doctor. 

Medical Coding Diploma

Certified Professional Coder

This 18-credit certificate provides seven courses in basic and intermediate coding along with essential skills in anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. Graduates will learn to ensure that information related to coding maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper files and electronic systems.

This one-year certificate allows people to enter the workforce sooner and is stackable, meaning coursework completed can be applied to a medical coding diploma or associate degree, should the student wish to continue his or her education. 

Medical Coding Certificate

Become Certified After Graduation

As a graduate of Southeast Technical College’s Medical Coding program, you are eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam or Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) exam. The American Academy of Professional Coders sponsors both. The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam, through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), is also available to you. 

Where Do Medical Coders Work?

Some professionals in health information may have the opportunity to work as an independent contractor or work from home for their employer. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a regional hub for many healthcare centers, which draw rural residents to the area. Graduates find employment with the following healthcare and medical technology employers:  

  • Avera  
  • Mercy Medical Center  
  • Sanford Health  
  • Sioux Falls Veteran’s Administration Health Care System


Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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