Medical Coding

Medical Coding

The Medical Coding Technical Certificate is intended to provide entry-level skills for students wanting to begin a career in coding medical records. Coding positions are available in various medical environments, including hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies and extended care facilities.

A Coding certification examination provided by AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) or AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) is required to become a certified coder.

Earn a One-Year Medical Coding Technical Certificate or a Two-Year A.A.S. Degree in Healthcare Management
The Medical Coding Technical Certificate is a 30-credit-hour program that can be completed in one year. All of the required Medical Coding Technical Certificate courses can be applied toward the Nashville State Associate of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Management - Medical Coding Concentration if students choose to continue their education. Students who plan to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult their advisors about articulation options.

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Program Skills and Career Opportunities

The Medical Coding Technical Certificate program offers excellent preparation for students wanting to begin a career in coding medical records. Coding positions are available in various medical environments. Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Assign CPT code(s) for procedures and/or services rendered.
  • Assign ICD-CM codes for reasons for the health encounter.
  • Interpret health record documentation using knowledge of anatomy, physiology, clinical disease processes, pharmacology, and medical terminology to identify diagnoses and/or procedures for code assignment.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Insurance Companies
  • Extended Care Facilities

Career Services and Cooperative Education

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail

Frequently Asked Questions

I work full time from 8:00–5:00, Monday through Friday. Are there any classes offered for someone with this work schedule?
Yes. The Healthcare Management program at Nashville State Community College offers day and evening classes, and most courses are offered either online or as a hybrid online class (an online class with fewer on-campus class meetings).

How long do I have to complete the Medical Coding Technical Certificate?
All students have different schedules and commitments. There is no set rule as to the length of time it will take to complete the Technical Coding Certificate; however, most students complete it in three semesters.

I have already been in the workplace for several years and am looking for a career change. Am I too old to return to school?
Our student population is very diverse. You will find that there are students of all ages and all walks-of-life who are interested in progressing with higher education. You will find that life experience may even enhance your learning ability.

How much will my A.A.S. Healthcare Management degree cost?
For information regarding tuition, please visit Tuition and Fees. There is also a $20 application fee—check out Apply to NSCC for more information. The price of books will vary from year to year and course to course. Click on the textbook information link found in each course's course description in the NSCC Catalog for current textbook requirements and costs.

What salary should I expect with my new career as a medical coder?
According to the American Association for Professional Coders Salary Survey 2012, the average salary nationwide is $47,870 per year.

I have heard that I can work from home as a medical coder, is this true?
It is true that many medical coders do work from their home; however, most employers will require a minimum of two years coding experience in the office setting before allowing the coder to work from home.

What happens after I graduate with my A.A.S. Healthcare Management – Coding concentration?
It is strongly recommended that the graduate sit for the Certified Professional Coder examination (CPC). Upon passing the examination, the graduate is credentialed as a CPC. The CPC is nationally recognized by employers seeking ethical, accurate, and professional medical coders. (more)

Program Faculty

Eli Alvarado, Assistant Professor, 615-353-3705
R.N., Nursing, Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing, 1976
B.A., Political Science, Wright State University, 1982
M.H.A., Health Administration, Medical College of Virginia, 1986
Certified Professional Coder, 2005

Susan Anne Hawkins, Instructor, 615-353-3491
M.H.A., University of Maryland College, 2004
M.B.A., University of Maryland College, 2005
M.S., Information Technology, University of Maryland College, 2010

Contact Information

Eli Alvarado, Assistant Professor
Phone: 615-353-3705

Susan Anne Hawkins, Instructor
Phone: 615-353-3491

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