As the link between health care providers, insurance companies and patients, Medical Coders analyze health information data and use coding guidelines to categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement.
Your goal as a medical coding and billing 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 health care agencies
What is the career outlook for Medical Coding?
Employment projections are strong for Medical Coders, also known as health information technicians. The field is expected to grow 13% through 2026, faster than average for all occupations, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
Why study Medical Coding at Southeast Tech
Your Certified Professional Coder certificate at STI teaches intermediate coding skills that allow you to start working sooner and use the coursework as a foundation for your medical coding degree. Other takeaways from your Southeast Tech experience include problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You will identify and correct coding issues, understand and employ coding methodology, and maintain professional and ethical standards. Your certificate degree is backed by these other career-boosters:
Choose your Workplace: Some professionals in health information may have the opportunity to work as an independent contractor or work from home for their employer.
Expand on your certificate: STI also offers a Medical Coding diploma and Associate degree program.
What can you do with your STI certificate
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:
- Mercy Medical Center
- Sanford Health
- Sioux Falls Veteran’s Administration Health Care System
Southeast Tech’s program curriculum for Medical Coding totals 19 credits over 1 year, including classes in Medical Terminology, Basic CPT Coding, Basic ICD Coding and CPC Review.
- HC 110 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology - 3 Credit Hours
- HC 113 - Medical Terminology - 2 Credit Hours
- CODE 112 - Basic CPT Coding - 3 Credit Hours
- CODE 110 - Basic ICD Coding - 3 Credit Hours
- CODE 122 - Intermediate CPT Coding - 3 Credit Hours
- CODE 120 - Intermediate ICD-10 Coding - 3 Credit Hours
- CODE 180 - CPC Review - 2 Credit Hours
- Complete the Southeast Tech application.
- Select "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
- Once the application is submitted, an Admissions Representative will be in contact.
- Pay $75 registration fee.
- Then, the Admissions Office will complete the registration request and send you an official schedule.
CostCosts for this program are calculated based on a charge of $248 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. Financial Aid is not available for this certificate.
Want to know more? Request information about Southeast Tech from the admissions office.
Other Programs Related to Medical Coding
If you’re interested in medical coding and billing, you also might be interested in these other healthcare programs at Southeast Tech:
Southeast Technical Institute's Medical Coding program is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program. You may purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.