UNC Charlotte’s Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program offers in-depth training that will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a new career, re-enter the workforce, or refresh and broaden current skills.
Properly trained medical coding specialists perform the coding tasks that support the processing of medical billings, implement proper reporting of transactions, and support secure health information management. Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems software. The classification system determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system. Coders may use several coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory settings, physician offices, or long-term care.
Two Ways to Earn your Certificate
Earn your Medical Coding Specialist Certificate in the format that works best for you:
Why Should I Choose this Program?
The program is designed to provide the necessary training to produce highly valued medical coding professionals. For those currently in the medical coding field, the program will provide the knowledge to become a more effective and productive coding specialist. The curriculum emphasizes familiarity with the medical office administration profession along with basic medical office procedures that focus on code identification and the ability to perform coding functions. Coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics, medical clinics, long-term and home health care facilities. Medical Coding Specialists are also employed by consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.
Who Should Attend?
Individuals interested in pursuing medical coding employment, changing job skills to move into a medical office records environment, or pursuing the skills necessary to become a Certified Medical Coder.
Individuals wanting to make a career change or pursue employment in the healthcare industry and a medical records environment
- Individuals working in the healthcare industry
- Individuals working for insurance companies
- Individuals working for third-party administrator and self-insured organizations
- Existing insurance claims processors
- Individuals from the healthcare field that have the desire to increase their medical coding knowledge and skills
- Individuals with the desire to prepare and become a Certified Medical Coder
UNC Charlotte has partnered with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to offer the Certified Professional Coding medical coding curriculum.
Course curriculum is developed in consultation with our Medical Coding Specialist Advisory Board of subject matter experts, faculty, and industry practitioners.
"The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate course is great! If you are willing to put in the work, you will be successful. I felt prepared to take the CPC exam and passed on the 1st try. This class is also up-to-date. I attended an AAPC Regional Conference and a lot of the information given was review of what I learned through this program. The instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly recommend this course for those who have an interest in becoming a medical coder!"
"I completed the Medical Coding Specialist class last month. I wanted to let you know that I took the CPC exam on Dec. 4 and I just found out that I passed it with a score of 86! I really enjoyed the class, and I'm so happy that it prepared me to pass the exam! I have already recommended this class to several people, and I will continue to do so. Thank you!"
"I want to thank the teachers and staff of the medical coding program. I sincerely appreciate the gratitude and help I received from everyone. I thought the program was excellent. I will definitely take what I learned and apply it in my pursuit of a medical coding career. Thank you for the opportunity. Everyone truly showed that they cared about each student in the class. Once again, thank you and keep up the outstanding work."
- A high school diploma (or equivalent) is required for entry into program.
- Required reading prior to enrollment: Technical Specifications
Although not required, it is highly recommended that participants have experience / background (educational or professional) with:
- Medical Terminology: Prospective students lacking medical terminology background should consider enrolling and completing the online self-paced six week course on Medical Terminology prior to entering the Certificate program.
- Computer Applications: Prospective students should be able to operate basic Computer Applications.
- This is an exam and attendance based certificate program.
- Students must earn a grade of 70% or above on all exams and meet minimum attendance requirements to earn the certificate.
To receive your record of attendance, full participation is expected. Participants must be present at the beginning of each course and be in attendance through the duration of each course in order to receive the record of attendance. Credit hours will only be adjusted under extenuating circumstances.