Medical Coding

Our Medical Coding Program is a 44-credit, entirely online program that prepares you for coding certification and entry-level employment. Students may begin at the start of any quarter.

Why choose EvCC?

  • AHIMA-approved curriculum – Curriculum is approved by the leading industry association and provides the training to obtain an entry-level position as a medical coder.
  • Customizable at-home course loads – Our program is available to students anywhere with internet access, and quarterly course loads may be customized to fit individual scheduling needs.
  • Certification preparation – Employers look for industry certifications, and we help you develop the skills you need to earn your certification (either CCA or CPC) upon graduation.

Your success is important to us in many ways. We would love to help you explore whether medical coding is the right career choice for you

Request more information or reach out directly at1-888-304-3822 option 1 or success@everett.edu to get started today

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FAQ

Medical coders assign a universal numerical code to each symptom, treatment, diagnosis, and procedure. Knowledge of healthcare, disease process, and treatments is used to expertly determine these codes. These codes are used to report diseases and accidents and to inform third-party payers of services performed. Without knowledgeable medical coders, medical insurance claims could not be paid.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts

  • A growing job market as industry employment is projected to grow by 15% from 2014 to 2024. In addition to these new jobs, there will also be open positions as people retire or leave the profession.
  • A high demand for coding services, sustained by an aging population and the increasing number of tests, treatments, and procedures.
  • In addition to this growth, there is also already an existing shortage of medical coding professionals.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report states that the middle 50% of professionals in the field earn between $29,940 and $49,770 a year. However, it is important to remember that as you gain credentials and experience, your earning capacity increases. Industry organizations have published the following average salary information

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
This recent survey reports the average coder salaries by credentials offered by AHIMA. Graduates of this program can sit for the CCA credential directly after graduation. CCA certified coders have reported average salaries of $40,196 a year.

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
The most recent survey conducted by the AAPC more focused on outpatient coding and reports that entry-level, certified coders earn $34,551 annually, while those who have earned the CPC credential (which graduates are eligible to sit for immediately upon graduation) earn an average of $45,347 annually

This training program is specifically designed to prepare students for national, entry-level coding certification exams, even though certification is not always a prerequisite for employment. The exams most commonly taken directly after graduation are the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Although graduating from this program does not automatically award you a coding credential, the curriculum is specifically designed to help you gain the foundation and skills you need to earn the appropriate credentials. In a recent survey, 90% of respondents who had taken a certification exam after graduating from this program reported passing the exam and earning their credential.

Yes! The EvCC program is offered in partnership with Career Step and is an AHIMA-approved coding certificate program. This provides reasonable assurance that you will possess the necessary job skills for entry into the profession upon graduation.

Yes! Everett Community College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. By taking this program you will receive 43 transferrable college credits.

A few things to keep in mind are that this this an independent certification program and must be taken in its entirety to receive the credits. We do not transfer in credits from other programs, and the suitability for transferring the credits from this program to another academic program is dependent on the requirements of the other program.

The cost of the program is $5,928.48, and tuition is paid quarterly based on the number of credits taken. Additional fees include:

  • A one-time $200 enrollment fee paid at the start of the program that includes access to the 3M Encoder and 3M online resources
  • Quarterly online fees of $2.50 per credit taken.
  • Students will also be required to purchase books on a quarterly basis (approximately $700 total).

Please do not purchase books ahead of time as book lists have potential to change. More information about program costs can be found in the Medical Coding Courses, Credits, Tuition, and Fees document.

Yes! This program is approved by the US Department of Education for Federal Student Aid, including Pell Grants and Stafford Loans. Our program support specialists will help you through each step of the financial aid application process.

You do not need to take the program full time to receive financial aid and we have aid options available for all program loads ranging from half-time to full-time.

Generally, you will need to do three hours of work for every credit hour earned in a standard 10-week quarter. This will vary, of course, depending on your personal learning style and the specific courses. The transcription and editing courses are more challenging and progressively more difficult and often require more time.

While there are weekly deadlines explained to you in your specific course syllabi, you can log in and do your work as is convenient to you throughout the week, any time, day or night, any day of the week. Some classes do have participation requirements in discussion boards, but this is not about a specific day – rather multiple times during the week

The single most common cause for failure is simply not doing enough work. Be sure you allow yourself enough time to effectively learn. Grades and the corresponding skills are crucial.

EvCC has partnered with Career Step to offer the Medical Transcription and Editing program, which provides students access to personalized, post-graduation resources for your job search, including:

  • Personal consultation with an employment advisor
  • Access to employment and referral directories
  • Personalized interview tutorials and training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to Career Step's help hotline for a full year after graduation

These resources offer the personalized help you need after graduation to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the graduates are typically hired within a few months of graduation

A functional PC (not a Mac), access to the Internet, and Internet Explorer are necessary. More detailed specifications are below.

Hardware
Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
Available USB port

Software
Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
PDF reader

Browser
Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x/9.x
Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System
Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)

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We would love to help you explore whether medical coding is the right career choice for you.

Request more information or reach out directly at1-888-304-3822 option 1 or success@everett.edu to get started today