Class Overview

Train for a career in medical coding and learn the specialized skills you need to become a Certified Medical Coder.Medical Coding and Billing -- Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

In this course, learn how to assign the standardized codes used to bill for healthcare services.

Medical coding and billing specialists review patient medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures performed.

The codes are then used to bill insurance and other third-party payers (such as Medicare or Medicaid) as well as the patient.

This course includes Procedure Coding System training, putting you a step ahead in the job market because most entry-level coding certificates do not include this training (known in the industry as ICD-10-PCS).

With this course, you'll be prepared to work in both physician practices and hospitals, making you more flexible as you consider job options, as well as advancement opportunities.

Medical coding and billing is a professional field that is hiring, so this training is a pathway to employment in the medical industry.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to earn your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credentials and prove you have the skills employers are looking for.

Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation are using this curriculum to train their employees.

Students who graduate from this program have been hired to work right after graduation.

How is the program structured?

This program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace.

The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, designed by experts with decades of experience working in and teaching medical coding.

This experience has led us to a 3-part program design:

  1. Foundations – This first section of the program will teach you things like computer fundamentals, the health information management process, and reimbursement methodologies to ensure you thoroughly understand how medical coding fits within healthcare and have the basics down.
  2. Biomedical sciences – In order to correctly assign codes, you'll need a good understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, and this section of the course teaches all of that from a coding perspective.
  3. Code training – This final section introduces you to all of the different code sets and teaches you how to use them. You'll practice coding actual medical records and reports (provided by our employer partners) and use the 3M encoding software so you have lots of hands-on experience and graduate ready to earn your credential and start working.

This intensive class is 640 hours and will take 4-8 months to complete.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the skills you need to become a Certified Medical Coder.
  • Learn how to assign the standardized codes used to bill for healthcare services.
  • Gain experience with the Procedure Coding System
  • Be prepared to work in both physician practices and hospitals
  • Understand essential topics relevant to the profession, including: computer fundamentals, health information management, legal compliance, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medical coding

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone interested in a career in medical coding
  • People who would like to take the exams for Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and earn certification
  • Students of medical coding who want to include in their learning training in Procedure Coding System (known in the industry as ICD-10-PCS).
  • People looking for a pathway to employment interested in career opportunities in physician practices and hospitals.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED)

Computer Specifications

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience.

We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (high speed/broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader


  • Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x/9.x, Firefox 3.x or Safari 4.x or greater (Mac only)
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack) or Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)

Session Details

  • Class ID: 8240
  • Instructor: Career Step Staff
  • When: Open enrollment & self-paced
  • Total Number of Hours: 640
  • Where: Online
  • Fee: $3,699
  • Additional Notes: The Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program includes 640 hours of curriculum. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their training program in as little as 4 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 20 hours a week may finish in about 8 months).