Medical Coding: Certified Professional Coder

Certificate | 19 Credits

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 11% through 2028, 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 STC 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: STC also offers a Medical Coding diploma and Associate degree program.

What Can You Do with Your STC 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:  

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

Explore Classes  

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. 

Application Process

  • 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.

Cost

Costs for this program are calculated based on a charge of $249 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. Federal Financial Aid is not available for this certificate.

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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:  

Medical Coding: Professional and Facility   Medical Coding: Professional Services

Technology Requirements

Southeast Technical College'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.

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