Medical Coding Specialist

Healthcare these days is a complicated, layered system of specialists, providers and insurance companies. For these layers to work well together, they need to speak the same language. Medical Coding Specialists are the first step in this process, translating information about a patient into standard codes and terms that will be understood by all the different people and organizations involved in healthcare. In this program, students will study medical terminology and standardized codes for diseases and conditions. They will also learn how to use word processing, spreadsheets and computerized patient accounting to enter that information into medical forms and records.

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Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter

Medical Coding Specialist

Certificate of Completion
Associate of Applied Science
6 Quarters
94 Credits
AAS - Transfer
Bachelor of Applied Science

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Donna L. Maher, Sheila May-Farley

Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations

  • Language Skills: Students will be asked to compose basic business letters, memos and reports. Students entering without basic skills in English, grammar and mechanics may take longer to complete.
  • Computer Applications: Students should be computer literate at least at the basic level in a Windows PC environment. Students entering without basic computer skills may take longer to complete.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
MAP 101 Introduction to Medical Terminology 5
MAP 114 Computer Fundamentals (Office 365) 5
MAP 115 Advanced MS Office and Keyboarding (MOS) 5
MAP 120 Human Relations 2
MAP 123 Patient Navigation and Chronic Illness 3
MAP 147 Insurance Claims, Processing, and Adjudication 2
MAP 155 Introduction to Excel 5
MAP 190 Career Opportunities and Employment Expectations 2
MAP 201 Diagnostic and Procedural Coding 5
MAP 208 Patient Navigation and the Healthcare System 3
MAP 211 Navigating EHRs in Healthcare 3
MAP 247 Introduction to Medical Databases 2
MAP 278 Databases and Statistical Terms 5
MAP 280 Current Legal Aspects of Healthcare 5
MAP 285 The Revenue Cycle 5
MAP 289 Certification Exam Preparation 5
MAP 291 Professional Practice Experience 4
MAP 293 Billing Physician-Related Services 4
MAP 295 Coding Simulation 5
AMATH 164V Introduction to Mathematical Operations 2
BIOL 105 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  One approved social sciences or mathematics option* 5
  Total 94

*Approved Social Sciences and Mathematics Courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 175 Financial Math 5
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
ANTH& 106 American Mosaic 5
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

Program Outcomes

  • Perform business functions in a medical office.
  • Model ethical behavior.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, co-workers and industry professionals.
  • Promote a positive workplace environment.
  • Evaluate medical documentation to identify and assign procedure and diagnostic codes.
  • Analyze clinic coding performance by extracting or auditing revenue performance.
  • Disseminate information on coding standards and requirements to optimize reimbursement.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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