Medical Coding Specialist

Healthcare these days is a complicated, layered system of specialists, providers and insurance companies. For these layers to work well together, they need to speak the same language. Medical Coding Specialists are the first step in this process, translating information about a patient into standard codes and terms that will be understood by all the different people and organizations involved in healthcare. In this program, students will study medical terminology and standardized codes for diseases and conditions. They will also learn how to use word processing, spreadsheets and computerized patient accounting to enter that information into medical forms and records.

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Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Medical Coding Specialist (Physician Based)

Certificate of Completion: 
6 Quarters
95 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
8 Quarters
110 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (online option available)

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Donna L. Maher, Sheila May-Farley

Entry Requirements

Admission Eligibility Requirements

  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • OR Must have at least ONE of the following credentials*
    • CPC
    • CCS-P
    • RHIA 
  • OR Must sit an entry-level coding placement exam and pass with a 70% or higher

The entry-level coding placement exam is not a comprehensive exam; passing the entry-level coding placement exam with a 70% or higher does not allow the student to receive the Patient Care Navigator and Revenue Specialist certificates.

* These options do not provide the student with the comprehensive knowledge or skills that are required of the Patient Care Navigator and Revenue Specialist certificates.

Admission Recommendations

Language Skills: Students must provide evidence of their ability to compose basic business letters, memos and reports, or have completed an COMP 100 or above course with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students may take an assessment to determine readiness for COMP 100 or ENGL& 101 courses. (Students entering without basic skills in English, grammar and mechanics may take longer to complete.)

Computer Applications:  Students must be computer literate at least at the basic level.  Students must provide evidence of their ability to work in a PC Windows environment, do word processing with MS Word, send and receive e-mails with attachments, and have basic Internet skills.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 164V Introduction to Math Operations 3
BIOL 105 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology 5
COL 101 College Success 2
COMP 100 Applied Composition 5
MAP 101 Introduction to Medical Terminology 4
MAP 103 Pathology and Pharmacology 3
MAP 110 Beginning MS Office 3
MAP 112 Document Production 1
MAP 120 Customer Service and Human Relations in a Medical Setting 4
MAP 138 Coding 1 - Medical Coding Fundamentals 2
MAP 152 Coding 2 - Medical Coding ICD and CPT 4
MAP 155 Introduction to Excel 3
MAP 190 Career Opportunities 2
MAP 201 Coding 3 - EHRs and Computer Assisted Coding 4
MAP 228 Introduction to Chronic Illnesses 3
MAP 230 Navigating Health Care with /Patient Engagement 4
MAP 242 Introduction to Patient Navigation 4
MAP 248 Introduction to Health Care Processes 3
MAP 275 Current HIM Issues and Practice 5
MAP 278 Excel as a Database 4
MAP 280 Legal Aspects of Health Care Reimbursement 3
MAP 281 Employment Expectations I 1
MAP 285 The Revenue Cycle and CPT coding 4
MAP 287 Employment Expectations II 1
MAP 291 Professional Practice Experience 4
MAP 295 Coding 4 - Advanced Coding w/ Medical Coding Practicum 4
Choose two of the following classes:    
MAP 296 Ambulatory Surgery Billing 5
MAP 297 Hospital Coding with PCS 5
MAP 298 Physician Billing 5
MAP 299 Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems 5
  Total 105

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 175 Applied Mathematics for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Speech Communication 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 15

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Medical Coding Specialist Program:

  • Evaluate medical documentation to identify and assign procedure and diagnostic codes
  • Analyze clinic coding performance by extracting or auditing revenue performance
  • Disseminate information on coding standards and requirements to optimize reimbursement
  • Perform business functions in a medical office
  • Model ethical behavior
  • Communicate effectively with patients, co-workers and industry professionals
  • Promote a positive workplace environment


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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