Medical Coding Specialist

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 31-530-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August and January

About the Medical Coding Specialist Diploma


You will be prepared as an entry-level coding specialist after learning medical diagnosis and procedure codes using two coding systems used for billing and data collection. Graduates can be certified through the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices.

You can earn the Healthcare Customer Service certificate on your way to completing this technical diploma. Your credits can be applied toward completing the Health Information Technology associate degree.

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Healthcare Customer Service

This certificate includes instruction in medical terminology, healthcare computing and the customer service skills related to working in a healthcare setting. Students earning this certificate will be prepared for entry-level customer service positions in the healthcare industry.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology ^ 3
(1) HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare ^ 2
(1) HIT-182 Human Disease for Health Professions ‡ 3
(1) HIT-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding ‡ 3
(1) HIT-199 ICD Procedure Coding ‡ 2
(1) NATSCI-189 Basic Anatomy 3
(2) HEALTH-104 Culture of Healthcare ^ 2
(2) HIT-159 Healthcare Revenue Management 3
(2) HIT-162 Foundations of HIM ‡ 3
(2) HIT-165 Intermediate Coding ‡ 3
(2) HIT-184 CPT Coding ‡ 3



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
^ Counts toward earning the Healthcare Customer Service certificate.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Petition for program in March

Spring start: Petition for program in October

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Collect health data
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems

Career Outlook

Medical coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices.

Possible Career

Medical Coding Specialist

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are required for admission:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average required is 2.0
  • B- or higher in the following courses: 
    • NATSCI-189 or NATSCI-177* or NATSCI-201* and 202* 
    • C or higher in the following course: HEALTH-101
  • Fall Start: Petition for program in March
  • Spring start: Petition for program in October


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Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/06/2021