Medical Coder

A patient’s record contains information about a patient’s diagnosis, treatments and services. Coding is more than attaching numbers and letters or medical “codes” to each symptom, diagnosis, disease, operation or procedure that appears in a patient’s chart. As a medical coder, you’ll abstract information from the patient record and combine it with your knowledge of reimbursement and coding guidelines to make sure reimbursement is correct.

As a medical coder you’ll not only need to develop a working knowledge of medical terminology, but you also must have an in-depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology. You’ll need to understand how to apply the coding found in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) and the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) systems.

You’ll take your coursework at Illinois Central College to learn how to be a medical coder. When you graduate, you may choose to take the certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to obtain entry and advanced level credentials.

Local Salaries

Beginning medical coders earn approximately $10 per hour.

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 27

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 206 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II *** 4
BIOL 205 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I *** 4
HEOCC 200 DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN *** 3
HEOCC 112 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY *** 2
HEOCC 220 LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE  1
HLTH 121 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY *** 2
MEDO 112 MEDICAL OFFICE COMPUTER SKILLS * 1
MEDO 115 INTRODUCTION TO ICD-10-CM AND ICD-10-PCS CODING  3
MEDO 117 INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT PROCEDURAL TERMINOLOGY (CPT) CODING  2
MEDO 118 CODING INTERNSHIP ** 2
MEDO 120 INTERMEDIATE ICD-10-CM AND ICD-10-PCS CODING  3

* Or a department-approved computer course.
** Arranged by the program coordinator upon completion of all program courses
*** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

The Medical Coder Certificate is intended to provide students with entry-level skills needed to gain employment as a medical coder.  This program will prepare students to gain a working knowledge of medical language and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system skills used to determine and secure appropriate reimbursement for services rendered by health care providers.  This program can be completed in approximately three (3) semesters of study as outlined below.  Upon completion, students can expect to be employed in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, physician offices, billing services, and insurance companies.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Summer SemesterHLTH 121
Fall Semester 1 BIOL 205; MEDO 112; HEOCC 220; MEDO 115
Spring Semester 1BIOL 206; HEOCC 112; MEDO 117; HEOCC 200
Fall Semester 2 MEDO 120
Spring Semester 2MEDO 118

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Peoria Campus, Cedar 105


(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Health Informatics

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Essential Skills and Abilities

A. Technical Skills

  • Basic data entry and computer skills
  • Analyze and tabulate health information
  • Assign correct ICD-9 and CPT coding guidelines for reimbursement
  • Knowledge and understanding of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology

B. Communication Skills

  • Ability to interact professionally with physicians and other health professionals
  • Receive, organize, prioritize and transmit information

C. Legal and Ethical Concepts

  • Responsibility for ensuring confidentiality of patient’s personal and financial information