Program Overview

Northland Community and Technical College offers a Medical Coding Specialist Certificate for students interested in developing their education in the use of coding systems utilized by healthcare organizations. Through the program, students may expand their understanding of the practical utilization of medical coding technology. In addition, students will study medical coding to assist in medical facilities by providing services by reading and reviewing medical documentation provided from healthcare providers to record information related to the care of patients’ diseases, injuries, surgical operations and other medical procedures. Upon completion of the program, students should display the ability to assign and sequence diagnostic and procedural codes using recognized coding systems for payment of health care claims, patient care records, and medical research.

Students will focus on practical studies through courses which emphasize knowledge of billing and coding practices. The curriculum consists of 25 credit hours which include medical billing and insurance, introduction to anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology.

Skills that students graduating will have the capability to demonstrate include the ability to collect health data in accordance with accepted practices, to apply coding and reimbursement systems, to utilize electronic applications to support coding and data collection, and the ability to model professional behavior and ethics.

Students will need to exemplify an understanding of diagnosis coding and hospital procedure coding for billing and insurance purposes, including the ability to classify and index diagnoses and hospital procedures for the purpose of standardization, retrieval, and statistical analysis, and understand of medical language utilized in written documentation.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1949, Northland Community and Technical College has a main campus located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and a secondary campus located in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, along with the Aerospace Campus and Roseau Satellite Site. Northland is a two-year, public institution that works in partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to establish and promote transfer agreements into four-year programs.

    Northland offers associate's degrees and certificates, many of which can be earned completely online through the Online Learning department.


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