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Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding

Overview

The medical coding associate degree prepares students for employment as a medical billing and coding professional at many locations of employment including:

  • Hospitals and outpatient clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Nursing and rehabilitation facilities
  • Home health services
  • Insurance firms
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Law and tax firms
  • Billing companies
  • Public health/government agencies

Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding will be prepared to: 

  • Use industry-established codes and the latest healthcare technology to collect, organize and report vital information such as diagnoses and treatment outcomes.
  • Manage medical and financial records
  • Work with hospitals and insurance companies to ensure patient claims are properly recorded and processed.
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Healthcare Visit Day

Still deciding which career in healthcare might be the best fit or right choice for you? Tour our healthcare labs, talk with our expert faculty, and learn about career paths in healthcare. The COTC Healthcare Visit Day on the Newark campus will help you differentiate between the many healthcare certificates and degrees. 

Friday, April 7 from 1:30–3 p.m.
Warner Center 126, Newark Campus

Register Registration closes on Tuesday, April 4.

If you are only interested in learning about one healthcare program offered at COTC, we recommend you register for an information meeting instead, which will cover application requirements for a specific program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the medical coding degree program?

The amount of time it takes a student to complete the Medical Coding certificates and/or associate degree depends upon how many courses are taken per semester. 

Students who attend full time (and take 3-5 classes on average per semester) will complete quicker than students who attend part time (and take 1-2 classes on average per semester).

Students can complete a Medical Coding certificate in just two semesters and an associate degree in less than two years.

Students who complete a certificate in Medical Coding have earned credits that can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students pursuing any healthcare degree should expect to take classes face-to-face to experience hands-on learning. Some general education classes may be offered online.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.