Health and Public Services

Certified Professional Medical Coder

Information Session

Learn more on Monday, February 6 from 5:00-6:00pm in Buchanan Hall on Hawkeye's Main Campus.

This short-term Certified Professional Medical Coder program prepares students to enter one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare. The online, classroom, and hands-on experience will prepare you to work as a medical coder in an office or hospital setting. In this medical coding course you will learn:

  • medical coding related to the three main code books: CPT, ICD-10-CM Code Set, and HCPCS Level II
  • a foundation in medical terminology and anatomy

After completion of the online and classroom components, you will participate in a practicum. The practicum gives you experience coding 600 actual medical records which is the equivalent of one year of work experience to be applied toward your certification. Successful completion of the practicum allows you to enter the workforce as a certified professional coder without an apprenticeship status.

Upon course completion you are qualified to take a national certification exam to become a certified professional coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders.

This program is certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Starting Wages and Employment

Individuals completing the non-credit certificate may earn $25,500 - $34,500* per year and may find employment as a billing coordinator, billing specialist, coding specialist, or patient account representative.

*Source: Iowa Workforce Development

Admission Requirements

No admission requirements or entrance exam needed. A high school or equivalency diploma is required.

Program Details


February 20 - July 20, 2017

  • February 20 - June 5: Online coursework
  • March 27 - June 5: Classroom session Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00-9:00pm
  • June 12 - July 20: Online practicum
Location Main Campus - Buchanan Hall
Cost $3,399 - Includes books, an AAPC student membership, the Certified Professional Coder certification exam, and an AAPC practicum.
Financial Assistance Financial assistance may be available for qualifying individuals.


Register online or call Business and Community Education at 319-296-4290.

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