Health Information Management (HIM) professionals organize and manage health information data to ensure quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper and electronic systems. HIM professionals are an important connection between doctors, patients, insurance providers, and other health care professionals.
The Anoka Technical College Medical Coding Specialist diploma program prepares students to assume an entry-level position as a medical coder in an acute care hospital, clinic or physician’s office health care setting.
- Health Information Clerk
- Medical Records Specialist
- Medical Coder
Median Wage: $25.13 per hour
Top earners: $36.95 per hour
Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.
The Anoka Technical College Medical Coding Specialist diploma program is a 41-credit program that prepares students to assume an entry-level position as a medical coder in an acute care hospital, clinic or physician’s office health care setting.
- Essential professional and technical knowledge.
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Skills in using resources and technology.
- Problem solving.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Eligible to work in any healthcare setting.
- Eligible to sit for the CCA exam.
Graduates of the Medical Coding Specialist diploma program will:
- Analyze medical record documentation in order to assign diagnostic and procedures codes.
- Provide important information for the health care reimbursement process.
- Assist in medical research and statistics.
Medical coding specialists analyze health record documentation in order to assign and/or ensure that valid codes are applied to medical diagnoses and procedures to facilitate reimbursement, analysis of patient outcomes and statistics. The coding specialist must have a thorough understanding of the content of the health record in order to be able to locate information to support or provide specificity for coding.
Therefore, coding specialists receive training in the anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes in order to understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The Medical Coding Specialist diploma can prepare students to sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or the Certified Procedural Coding-Apprentice (CPC-A) credentials.
The Health Information Technology accreditor of Anoka Technical College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the associate degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2030.
All inquiries about the program's accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL 60601: by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at email@example.com.
|Exam Pass Rate
Graduation Rate: The percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete the HIT program within 150% of the published time for the program.
Employment Rate: The percentage of graduates from the HIT program who are employed within one year of graduation. Information based on graduation survey results.
Exam Pass Rate: The percentage of students who tested and passed the RHIT certification exam as first-time test takers.
Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.
|Medical Terminology in Health Information
|ICD 10-CM Coding
|Introduction to Health Information Management
|Anatomy and Physiology
|ICD 10-PCS Coding
|Critical Thinking Applications for College (Goal 2)
|MnTC General Education English Courses (Goal 1)
|Billing and Reimbursement
|Law and Ethics
|Professional Practice for Coding Specialist
Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.
First Semster Part-Time Course Options
- 6 credits: HITM 1221, HITM 1110
- 9 credits: HITM 1221, HITM 1110, INTS 1000*
*Students who have already completed the INTS 1000 requirement can take HTLH 1000 or HLTH 1005
Both Medical Coding Specialist and HIT AAS degree students are required to take a college-level English course. Students with Reading Comprehension ACCUPLACER scores below college-level should take the developmental Reading and English courses required by their placement bracket in their first or second semester. Students in the HIT AAS degree program need to take HITM 2000 which requires an Arithmetic ACCUPLACER score of 265 or higher. Students with lower scores should plan to take MATH 0801 Basic Math before HITM 2000.
All courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct contact with patients as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. The college will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.