Medical coding is necessary to ensure accurate, accessible and secure accounts of a patient’s medical office visits and the related healthcare diagnosis and procedures that occur there. These medical codes are used to capture, categorize and file clinical data for disease management, billing, insurance reimbursement, and various administrative purposes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians, such as those working in the medical coding field, is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026—faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for healthcare services—and the medical coding needs that accompany this demand—is expected to increase as the population ages. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) states that the average salary in California for a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) is $65,119 per year.

CPIE's Medical Coding program is a modular series of courses that provide students with the necessary skills to become successful in professions that involve outpatient coding only. Delivered fully online, students can take each course in the program to build the skills necessary to pursue careers in this profession. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder Apprentice (CPC-A) exam.

  • Anyone who wants to learn medical coding for the outpatient environment only. This course will not teach any inpatient coding. No previous medical or healthcare industry knowledge or work experience is necessary as a prerequisite for this program.
  • Any individual who needs to understand medical coding
  • Anyone who may want to obtain new skills to generate additional revenue—while working another job or during retirement
  • To understand medical terminology and acronyms commonly used in the healthcare industry
  • Foundational knowledge in the following areas for 11 organ systems:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Diseases
    • Therapies
  • How to read and decipher clinical documentation from various providers
  • Three coding systems: ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS, and how to properly apply them in various outpatient coding scenarios
  • Healthcare compliance and regulations
  • To navigate basic encoder software

Students will receive a certificate of completion upon successfully mastering the following:

  • Completing all the learning modules for this certificate program
  • Demonstrating competency of all course learning objectives

I have been a hairstylist for over 20 years, and after struggling through the pandemic, I decided to change careers. Medical coding has been fun, interesting and challenging. I look forward to my new life path and retiring with a company who values my hard work and new skills.

Katrice Troncoso Medical Coding