Medical Coding Specialist

Medical Coding Specialist

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Medical Coding Specialist - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount
 Medical Coding Specialist - Diploma 40 cr. Rosemount
Program Datasheet: Download Medical Coding Specialist Datasheet  

Major Description

The Medical Coding Specialist prepares students to assume an entry-level position as a medical coder in an acute care hospital, clinic or physician's office. Medical coding specialists play a vital role in the health care industry. Students gain knowledge in electronic health record software systems and in the legal and managerial aspects of health information. Other duties include coding diagnoses, processing reimbursements, managing release of medical information, maintaining quality assurance, and protecting patient data privacy.


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Medical Coding Specialist Advisor & Instructors
Amy Eppen
Amy Eppen
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Susan Johanson
Susan Johanson
Charlotte Kodner
Charlotte Kodner
Candace Carlstrom
Candace Carlstrom
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Program Costs*

Medical Coding Specialist
  Medical Coding Specialist
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Medical Coding Specialist
Diploma – 40 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Grand Total $11,322.60 $7,548.40

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Medical Coding Specialist

Work Environment

Medical coding specialists work in physician offices, surgery centers, specialty clinics, hospital, insurance companies, government agencies, research foundations, long-term care facilities, dental offices, consulting firms, rehabilitation centers or health care facilities. Graduates of the Medical Coding Specialist A.A.S. program may find work in quality assurance, computer information services, tumor registries, or release of medical information.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment in the Medical Records and Health Information Technicians field has a growth rate of more than 20 percent and is expected to see moderate demand in Minnesota through 2020.

Gainful Employment Reports

  • The Medical Coding Specialist program is new to DCTC for 2016-17. A Gainful Employment Disclosure is not available.

Career Information

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Transfer Options

Medical Coding Specialist

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Medical Coding Specialist

The Medical Coding program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes and the accomplishments of our instructors.

Medical Coding Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Medical Coding Specialist

As a student in DCTC's Medical Coding program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Medical Coding students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment. The following clubs are open to all Medical Coding students:

Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in accounting, business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

Lions Club
Lions are an international network of 1.3 million people from over 200 countries who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Students will be able to help determine the types of services the club will provide based on the needs of the campus and surrounding community.

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. There are nearly 100 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership skills. Students who compete and take first place in Minnesota will advance to nationals. Participation is SkillsUSA is a great addition to your resume!

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.