Medical Coding student.

Medical Coding Specialist

27-Credit Technical Diploma

Medical coders work in a variety of healthcare areas such as hospitals, physician’s offices and insurance companies. They review the physician documentation in records in order to assign diagnoses and procedure codes that are used for reimbursement and data purposes. Billing forms are then filed based on the codes assigned; strict federal guidelines are in place that must be followed when assigning codes. In the Medical Coding Specialist program, learn to use two different systems in order to assign codes to the reimbursement systems for patient and outpatient coding.

  • Prepare for jobs such as medical coding specialist, revenue cycle analyst, medical billing specialist or medical coder.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health courses.
  • Graduates can become eligible to write the CCA, which is a certification exam through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association).
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $34,294

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Medical Coding Specialist is only offered as a Blended Options program.

In the Blended Options format, programs are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meets during evening hours. This format is designed primarily for working adults with some college experience, or for those who have been employed in the health information industry for years, but do not have their degree. The Blended Options program is a hybrid program, meaning that students spend roughly 50 percent of their time in the classroom and 50 percent of their time in an online classroom environment. Learn how to become a Blended Options student.

Program Code 31-530-2

Required Courses

Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 530-182 Human Diseases for Hlth Profes3  
 501-101 Medical Terminology3 *
 806-189 Basic Anatomy3 *
Total Semester Credits
First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 530-184 CPT Coding3  
 530-162 Foundations of HIM3 *
 501-107 Digital Literacy Healthcare2 *
 530-197 ICD Diagnosis Coding3 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 530-185 Healthcare Reimbursement2  
 530-199 ICD Procedure Coding2  
 530-165 Intermediate Coding3 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Angel Lee

Angela Lee

Phone: 262.691.5113


  • BS – Health Information Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that each student has the ability to succeed in their education, given the right tools and support and I am privileged to be one of the many individuals helping our students realize their personal success."

Program instructor, Victoria Wolf

Victoria Wolf

Phone: 262.691.5113


  • AS – Health Information Technology, University of Illinois
  • AS – Science, University of Wisconsin Center – Barron County


  • Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT)
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
  • Certified ICD-10 Trainer – AHIMA Academy
  • Certified Teacher of Medical Records -- WTCS

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy is to facilitate a positive learning environment to spark engagement and enthusiasm where students can share their ideas, apply their knowledge and build their foundation for lifelong learning."