Can I complete the Coding Specialist
Yes, the Coding Specialist Program requires career courses (MRT-110,
MRT-111, and MRT-130) that are also required by the Medical Transcription and
Health Information Technology Programs. Students who wish to complete the
program on a part-time basis are encouraged to take these courses first, so that
the coding courses can be completed within two semesters and a summer session.
Can I take courses at night?
Yes, courses required for the Coding Specialist Program are offered with
both day and evening sections.
Is there an off-campus clinical
No, the MRT-113 Clinical Practicum for coding students is scheduled in
the classroom laboratory and computer lab. Students gain practical experience
coding various types of actual health records, and using computerized coding
If I complete the Admission Form on-line,
do I still need to register for classes?
Yes, the online internet admission form begins your process of becoming
a student at Moraine Valley College. Here is a link to directions to completing
the on-line Admissions Form:
http://www.morainevalley.edu/admiss/steps.htm#How_New. The Admissions Form
informs us of your intent to pursue the Coding Specialist Program. The
registration process is separate, therefore you should register for classes as
soon as possible. There is no selective admission process for the coding
When do the coding classes begin?
These classes begin with the fall or spring semesters. MRT-108 Intro to
Medical Coding Systems is the beginning coding class in ICD-9-CM and CPT.
Register for this class as soon as possible because the class roster fills very
What are the prerequisites and corequisites for the coding classes?
MRT-110 - Medical Terminology is a prerequisite for the Coding Specialist Program.
It must be completed prior to enrollment in MRT-108 (Introduction to Medical Coding).
MRT-111 (Health Information Management), MRT 108 (Introduction to Medical Coding), and BIO 115 (Anatomy and Physiology)
must be completed prior to registration in MRT-112 - Clinical Classification Systems.
How much does the program cost?
Approximately $3300 for tuition. Book costs vary depending upon how
quickly the program is completed. For a full-time student the book costs are
Can I complete the program in one year?
Yes, if you are able/willing to take multiple courses each semester.
What kind of salary can I expect upon
Upon receiving the certificate you will be viewed as an entry level
coder. Beginning salaries are typically in the range of $25,000 annually. After
you gain experience you will be able to earn considerably more.
Is there a certification exam leading to
a professional credential that I will be able to take after completing the
Yes, upon completion of the Coding Specialist Program you may choose to
sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam given by the American Health
Information Management Association. Earning the CCA demonstrates a commitment to
coding even for those who are new in the field. After some years of coding
experience, graduates may choose to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist
(CCS) exam or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam.