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Iowa Western Community College

Medical Billing & Coding Specialist

Next class starting Fall 2019.

Must provide copy of recent transcript (showing successful completion of anatomy & medical terminology classes) to process registration.

Medical billing and coding professionals play a vital role in today’s healthcare industry. It is how those in the healthcare field keep track of the data and paperwork involved with medical procedures, and keep information flowing efficiently between medical service providers and insurance companies.

Program Brochure (class schedule included)
About the Program

This class is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. See brochure for schedule. Students should expect to spend at least 12 hours of work outside the classroom. Upon completion of the class, students will sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).

Program to Include
  • Principles of medical billing
  • Understanding health insurance
  • Fundamentals of medical coding
  • Most up-to-date information on CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding
  • Evaluation and management review
  • Expertise in reviewing and assigning correct procedure and diagnostic codes
  • Preparation for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam 
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • Anatomy and Medical Terminology
    • successful completion of anatomy and medical terminology courses
    • copy of most recent transcript must be provided at time of registration
    • unofficial copy is acceptable
    • email transcript to ssplichal@iwcc.edu
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet


Career and Salary Information

Most medical billing and coding specialists work in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices. Some find employment with long-term care facilities, home health services, private medical billing and coding companies, or with the government. Medical billing and coding careers are expected to grow 21% by 2020. Expected wage range is $14 - $20 per hour.


$2,995 includes books, handouts/resources, AAPC student membership for 1 year and CPC exam. Fee must accompany registration. Money order/cashier’s check/credit card only—no personal checks accepted. Pre-registration is required.  To register, call 712.325.3255. Must provide copy of recent transcript (showing successful completion of anatomy & medical terminology courses) to process registration. Registration deadline is one week prior to class start date.

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information! 

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