What we do
We provide quality education and training for high demand allied healthcare occupations. Many students in our classes are interested in becoming
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- a Medical Coding specialist or
- completing courses enabling transfer to other health related professions at Kodiak College and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Kodiak College offers a fully distance learning Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Medical Office Coding, an Allied Health Program in the UAA College of Health. This program provides training for allied health professionals specifically designed to prepare graduates for work in rewarding careers in Alaska’s rapidly growing health care industry.
Allied health professionals, such as medical coders, are involved with the delivery of health related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders, rehabilitation, and health systems management, among others.
In addition to instruction by allied health professionals, most programs provide experiential education with students working alongside health professionals in real-work situations.
This Occupational Endorsement Certificate program prepares student for careers as professional medical coders. In addition, it prepares students to become certified medical coders by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).
What Will I Learn?
- Proficiency in the performance of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
- Proficiency in the performance of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
- Proficiency in the performance of International Classification of Diseases. Students are learning both the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code set.
For more information contact the Career Coach, Stacy Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (907) 486-1207.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
As a Medical Coder, you will be integral in the medical billing process. While working in a physician’s office, hospital outpatient facility or ambulatory surgical center, you will take the information from the documentation to assign the appropriate codes and create a claim to be paid. You will be using clinical classification systems of International Classification of Disease (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). You will ensure there is quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems.
This program will prepare you to sit for the national certification exam for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential through the AAPC (link to www.aapc.com). This certification will make you very marketable to employers because they will know that you can perform the job with proficiency.
According to the Department of Labor (DOL), the National median wages for Medical Coders is $34,970 annually with 186,000 employees in 2012, and projected job openings of 90,400 between 2012 and 2022. The projected national growth is much faster than average of 22% or higher. For Alaska, the median wages are $42,190 annually with a 28% growth expected by 2020.W
Meeting Student's Needs:
A look at the TAACCCT Consortium of Healthcare Occupations Online (CHEO) project.
See more at: North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) and at:
Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT)
Get an idea of what allied health courses are offered each semester!
Fall 2014 Quick Schedule
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Meet the Instructors
Dr. Suzanne Buie, Department Chair
Lori Cook, Adjunct Instructor
Dr. Chris Hurley, Adjunct Instructor
Jacqueline Elam, Adjunct Instructor
Stacy Wharton Fisher, Career Coach
Photos and Videos
A few photos & videos of students in our medical coding program.
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