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Certified Professional Medical Coder

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 and is the equivalent to one year of professional coding experience. Successful completion of the practicum allows you to enter the workforce as a certified professional coder without having to complete an apprenticeship.

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).

Career Opportunities

Individuals completing the non-credit certificate may find employment as a billing coordinator, billing specialist, coding specialist, or patient account representative.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians $28,600 $40,500 $46,500

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.

Admission Requirements

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

Class Information

Class dates: July 13–December 10, 2020*
*No class September 7 and November 26
Online sessions begin July 13, 2020 and must be complete by August 27, 2020
Classroom sessions begin August 24–December 10, 2020, Monday and Thursday from 5:00–9:00pm

Location: Main Campus–Buchanan Hall

Cost: $3,599—Includes books, an AAPC student membership, the Certified Professional Coder certification exam, and an AAPC practicum. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying individuals.


Register online for the Certified Professional Medical Coder program or call 319-296-4290.

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    Brenda Helmuth
    319-296-2329, ext.3017
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