What are the prerequisites for this program?
The Medical Coding Specialist program is a very intensive, fast-paced course. Students wishing to take Medical Coding Specialist should already be well-versed in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. For students who do NOT have 2+ years of experience in a medical setting, you are strongly encouraged to take:
- The Medical Office Assistant course before taking the Medical Coding Specialist course
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (Online), Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Online), Medical Terminology, and Medical Terminology II before taking the Medical Coding Specialist course.
Student success is our priority. For this reason, we highly encourage students who do not have experience in a medical setting to take one of the two prerequisite paths.
Students must have a working knowledge of computers and computer and internet access are required.
What certification exam will I be eligible to take upon successful completion of this program?
Upon successful completion of the Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Certificate program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Association of Professional Coders CPC exam. Visit the testing organization’s website for the most current information about the certification exam and eligibility requirements.
Please note: A High School Diploma is required to sit for the AAPC CPC Exam certification.
Does the College of Professional Education provide job placement?
The College does not provide job placement or career counseling for students. Due to the reputation of our healthcare programs, area employers periodically contact us with job opportunities. We notify recent program graduates via email with any job postings related to their field of study.
What financial aid options are available for this program?
The College of Professional Education offers our students a number of financial aid options, including Education Loans, Employer Education Vouchers, Military Education Benefits (GI Bill®, VA, and TA), MyCAA, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Please visit our site’s Financial Aid page to learn more about these options. Since the College of Professional Education does not offer credit courses, we are unable to process traditional forms of financial aid such as Hope Grant/Scholarship, Pell Grant, and Stafford Loan, nor do we require you to complete the FAFSA.
What are the state requirements for this program?
There are no state requirements for formal training or certification of Medical Billing and Coding Specialists. The state of Georgia does not currently require licensing. However, many students choose to obtain a national certification or industry recognized credential in their field of interest. Not only does a national certification give you the ability to earn a credential, but it also demonstrates a commitment to your profession.
What can a graduate of this program expect to earn?
The College does not guarantee employment or salary expectations upon graduation from a program. As of September 2021, Burning Glass Technologies estimates a $36,000 average annual salary in the state of Georgia.
What additional books or supplies may be needed for this program?
All textbooks required for this program are available at the KSU Center Bookstore. The hours Monday – Thursday, 2p.m. – 7 p.m. Please call the KSU Center Bookstore for textbook availability at 470-578-2342. No additional supplies are required for this program.