Medical Coding Specialist, Professional Certificate

Medical Coding Specialist, Professional Certificate
4 Month Program
Start Dates: March and August
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Boost Your Career With Your Medical Coding Specialist Certificate

Looking for a quick, cost-effective way to boost your career? Or are you ready to begin a new professional career path?

In just four months, you can pursue a new career, re-enter the workforce or refresh and broaden your current skills. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Medical Coding Specialist certification program — offered through 100% online live learning — prepares you for a career as a medical coding specialist.

UNC Charlotte has partnered with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to offer our Medical Coding Specialist certification curriculum. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Medical Coding / Health Care Information Documentation
  • Diagnosis Coding
  • Procedure Coding
  • Coding Guidelines and Processes for Out-Patient / In-Patient Services

“The fact that UNC Charlotte’s Medical Coding Specialist certification program was developed under the guidelines of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) sold me. The program included instructors who are currently working in the field and have years of experience. They made it easy to learn and understand the medical coding process. I passed my AAPC certification on the first try. I highly recommend this program to those who are wanting to pursue a career in medical coding.”

– Lenore Rebolledo, Medical Coding Specialist Certification Program, ’23

Medical Coding Specialist Certificate

Program Cost

Registration fee: $1,990.00 or $500.00 deposit.

Financial Options:

Take Advantage of Our New Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program Payment Plan

With just a $500 deposit, our new installment payment option allows you to pay for your program while you’re earning your Medical Coding Specialist Certificate. The remainder of the cost is broken up into five payments to offer you maximum flexibility and convenience.

Learn more about our new payment plan option >

Key Topics and Outcomes

Key Topics include:

  • Introduction to Medical Coding / Healthcare Information Documentation
  • Diagnosis Coding
  • Procedure Coding
  • Coding Guidelines and Processes for Out-Patient / In-Patient Services

On completion of the program, students will:

  • Have the ability to analyze health records and assign codes for diseases, diagnosis, and procedures
  • Have the ability to abstract key information from health records for reimbursement, statistics, and research purposes
  • Have an understanding of the ethical and professional standards expected of Medical Coding professionals
  • Have an understanding of the importance of maintaining a high level of accuracy and accountability when performing medical coding documentation
  • Understanding of processes and procedures of medical record administration and documentation
  • Have the necessary education that will qualify students to sit for numerous national certification exams

What Can You Do With Your Medical Coding Specialist Certification?

UNC Charlotte Medical Coding Specialist Certificate earners have obtained job titles such as:

  • Medical billing and coding specialist
  • Office manager
  • Administrative specialist
  • Medical secretary
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Project manager

Our certificate earners work for companies and organizations such as:

  • Atrium Health
  • Novant Health
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates (CEENTA)
  • MetLife

Pursue a career with strong earnings expectations

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collects job and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast reports that the average estimated salary for selected alumni of the Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program is $65,500.

Why UNC Charlotte?

Why Earn Your Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Online From UNC Charlotte?

Choosing UNC Charlotte’s online Medical Coding Specialist Certificate program offers you many advantages, including:

  • Earn your certificate in just four months. Our professional studies classes are asynchronous, meaning there are no set times to meet for class. Complete your coursework around your schedule.
  • Learn from experienced faculty experts. Our accomplished instructors offer extensive experience and insights in medical coding, which they bring to the online classroom.
  • Apply for our medical coding program scholarship. The Anne Spychala Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Women in Continuing Education empowers women to accomplish their goals.