Coding Specialist


Courses in the program include ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, ICD-10-PCS procedural coding, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, and coding practicum which are offered virtual/hybrid or on-ground.  The medical billing course is offered online.  

The well-rounded curriculum will prepare the graduate for the workforce toward a successful new career path in diverse health care settings to include but not limited to hospitals, physician offices, behavioral health facilities, skilled-nursing facilities, home health organizations, hospice care, health plan payers and research organizations.

Student Success: Lauren Gordon

Lauren GordenLauren Gordon graduated from MCC in May with a coding specialist certificate and credits her thorough education to securing a great job before graduation.

Gordon had worked as a waitress and aspired to have a career in the medical field. She enrolled at MCC-Penn Valley in January 2018, attended classes in the evening and took a few online classes throughout the program.

"I chose MCC because it's affordable, has locations throughout the city that were convenient for me and the online classes accommodated my busy schedule" Gordon said.

The Coding Certificate Program prepares students for the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. In the program, students not only learn how to properly assign diagnosis codes and procedure codes for both inpatients and outpatients, they also learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and medical billing.

Attending MCC was a positive experience for her, especially with instructors like Matthew Patterson who not only prepared students for the CPC exam but also worked with students to make sure they were well-trained for a career in medical coding.

"The teachers are always willing to work with you and make sure that you fully understand the subject matter," Gordon said. "They prepare you for real-life work situations and really want you to succeed."

Patterson said, "Lauren entered the program with some medical office experience. Even before Gordon passed her CPC exam she was able to take the information she learned in class and apply it to her job. Many times this resolved outstanding billing issues the resulted in the medical office being reimbursed."

With her education from MCC and a certified professional coder certificate in hand, Gordon has hit the ground running and is now enjoying her new career at Wound Care Plus in Lee's Summit.

Congratulations to Lauren Gordon!

Professional qualities and essential functions

Coding professionals are employed in diverse healthcare settings such as physician practices, clinics, outpatient facilities, and hospitals. Having a coding credential indicates knowledge in medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, and practice management.

Many coding positions are remote but understand that initially you may start out at a facility so your productivity and proficiency can be monitored before you are able to work remotely.

Professional certification/licensure

There are prerequisites required for the program that must be completed for consideration for acceptance. The Coding Specialist Certificate Program is a one-year certificate program where upon graduation the student is eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exam offered by AAPC.

Some courses taught in the Coding Specialist Certificate Program can be applied toward the Health Information Management Program should the student desire to continue their education endeavors toward a college degree.

Program admission

There is an application process for acceptance to the program beyond the standard MCC admissions application. There are prerequisites required for the program that must be completed for consideration for acceptance.

This is a two semester program offering early evening, virtual and online classes that begin in January. The program accepts approximately 25 students per class.

Steps to apply

Program acceptance

For consideration for the spring start date the student will be contacted in December advising the student if they were accepted into the program. If the student is still in the process of obtaining their prerequisite courses, DO apply by the application deadlines.

The acceptance letter will be sent once the final grades for the prerequisite courses are posted. Students accepted into the program will work directly with the program coordinator to determine next steps. Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute to determine next steps.

Career and salary information

Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.

Base salary

  • Median annual earnings: $58,055
  • MO annual mean wage: $54,229
  • KS annual mean wage: $54,057

American Academy of Professional Coders

Three-year program outcomes

Graduation Year Retention Rates Graduation Rates Exam Passing Rates Employed in Health care Related Field
2020 100% 100% 25% those reported 33% those reported**
2021 100% 100% 50% those reported

8% those reported*

2022 100% 100% 42.8% those reported

7% those reported

*Unless student indicates they are employed, this is unknown
**12.5% transferred into the HIM Program

Program costs

Tuition Coding Specialist Certificate
27.5-28.5 credit hours
$121/credit hour
$3,327.50 - 3,448.50 
$237/credit hour
$6,517.50 - 6,754.50
$320/credit hour
$8,800.00 - 9,120.00
Program Fees total cost - used/new
*Textbooks $500.00 - 800.00 
Immunizations N/A
Certified Profile N/A

*Approximate cost

Total approximate cost of the  Coding Specialist Certificate Program (in-district):
Coding Certificate - $4,127.50

Approximate cost per semester (in-district):
Coding - $2,063.75

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