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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: 22

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 140
or
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 
or
4
BIOL 205
and
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I 
and
4
BIOL 206PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
HEOCC 200DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN 3
HEOCC 112INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY 2
HLTH 121MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 2
MEDO 112MEDICAL OFFICE COMPUTER SKILLS *2
MEDO 115INTRODUCTION TO ICD-10-CM AND ICD-10-PCS CODING 3
MEDO 117INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT PROCEDURAL TERMINOLOGY (CPT) CODING 2
MEDO 118CODING INTERNSHIP **1
MEDO 120INTERMEDIATE 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. After completion of the program the graduate is eligible to sit for national certification.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Summer SemesterHLTH 121
Fall Semester 1 BIOL 140 or BIOL 205; MEDO 112; MEDO 115
Spring Semester 1HEOCC 112; MEDO 117; HEOCC 200, MEDO 120; BIOL 206 (if needed)
Fall Semester 2 MEDO 118

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department
Cedar, North Campus
(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Health Informatics

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Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Pathway: Health Informatics
ICC Pathway: Medical Coding

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121)

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Apply to Health Careers | Paying for College | Career Information: Medical Technician | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Medical Coder (22 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

CCA, CPC, CCS, CCS-P

Employment Information

Medical Coder $11-15/hr

ASSOCIATE IN GENERAL STUDIES DEGREE

An Associate in General Studies Degree allows students to combine a broad range of academic courses to suit their specific needs. While it is not designed as a transfer degree, some coursework may fulfill Illinois Articulation Initiative general requirements or transfer to a 4-year institutions. Students who choose this option should work closely with their advisors to determine whether this option meets current and/or future needs.

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