Medical Coding

Medical coders work as part of a health care team to ensure correct recording of medical procedures for billing and insurance purposes. Medical coders may work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, insurance companies or as independent contractors. Future federal government changes impacting this field require a well-trained workforce.


Occupational Requirements

To receive CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice) status, you must successfully complete this training, which includes AAPC's national CPC (Certified Professional Coder) exam. 


Information Unique to the Training

The certification exam is five hours long and administered when the course concludes. 


Courses to Complete

  • Prerequisites
    AHE-149: Medical Terminology for Health Careers
  • Core Courses
    AHE-197: Medical Coding for the Physician Office - AAPC

Approximate Number of Hours

100 hours


Approximate Training Cost*

$1,875 (includes all texts, materials and certification test)


Licensure/Certification Earned

Upon successful completion of this training and AAPC’s national CPC (Certified Professional Coder) exam, you receive CPC-A (Certified Professional Coder – Apprentice) status.

To remove apprentice designation, verification of two years of on-the-job experience or 80 hours of education and one year of on-the-job experience must be submitted to the AAPC.


Related Continuing Education Courses

AHE-150 Basic Anatomy and Physiology for Health Careers
AHE-199 Medical Billing for the Physician Office

Estimated Hourly Wage**
$13 – 21/hr.


*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.

For information about advancing your career in Health Information Technology with an A.A.S. degree, call the Admissions office at 410-386-8430.

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