Certified Professional Medical Coder Short-Term Training
This intensive, short-term Certified Professional Medical Coder program will help you prepare to enter one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare. You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work as a medical coder in a healthcare 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
- Medical terminology and anatomy
After completion of the online modules and coding instruction 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).
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 Specialists and Health Technologists Technicians ||$30,700 ||$43,000 ||$49,200 |
Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.
Class date: July 5 – December 8, 2022
No class September 5, October 31, November 3, November 24
Cost: $3,999—Includes books, an AAPC student membership, practice, exam, the Certified Professional Coder certification exam, and a Practicode CPC-A Practicum.
Financial assistance may be available for qualifying individuals.
Part 1: Anatomy/Medical Terminology
Date: July 5 – August 7, 2022
Format/location: Asynchronous online
Part 2: Medical Coding
Date: August 8 - December 8, 2022 on Monday and Thursday from 5:00–9:00pm
Format/location: Live online
AAPC CPC Certification Exam
Date: December 17, 2022
Location: Hawkeye Community College
- No entrance exam needed.
- A high school or equivalency diploma is required.
- Must successfully complete the medical terminology and anatomy online modules before beginning the coding portion of the class.
Books and online access codes will be provided the first day of class.
Access to the AAPC Medical Terminology and AAPC Anatomy online modules will be given on July 5, 2022
Call 319-296-4290 for more information or register online for Certified Professional Medical Coder.
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