Coding Specialist

Program overview

Earn a Coding Specialist Certificate in one year.

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.

The Health Information Management (HIM) Program offers on-ground, virtual and online depending on the class. The HIM program evening classes are from 5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. The HIM coding classes are from 5 p.m.- 9:45 p.m. and offered virtual/hybrid or on-ground.

All HIM and coding courses are held at MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute.

Lauren Gorden

Student Success: Lauren Gordon

Lauren 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.

Read the rest of her story.

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 to the coding specialist program

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.


Bright outlook (9% 2022-32) for Medical Coding Specialists in the Kansas City area (O*Net Online)

According to American Academy of Professional Coders, certified Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars earn the following 2023 annual median wage in the United States: $58,055; Missouri: $54,604; and Kansas: $55,427.

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