School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Medical Coding Specialist

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 315302


The Medical Coding Specialist reviews medical documentation provided by physicians and other health care providers and translates this into numeric codes. The Coding Specialist assigns and sequences diagnostic and procedural codes using universally recognized coding systems. Several uses of coded data are for payment of health care claims, statistics and medical research.

Aptitudes and interests which may benefit you for success in this program include:

  • Ability to be precise, exact and detail-oriented
  • Ability to adhere to standards and guidelines
  • Passion for learning about the medical field
  • Ability to communicate well with others
  • Ability to accept challenges and problem-solve
  • Respect for confidential information

An 18-hour, unpaid clinical laboratory experience is part of the CPT Coding course. This takes place during regular business hours at a regional health care facility, insurance company, consulting firm or governmental agency.

Please note that upon admission to the Medical Coding Specialist program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required immunizations.

Program Details

Medical Coding Specialist is on a career pathway that includes this one-year technical diploma and other opportunities for additional training. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Medical Coding Specialist students must attend part time.

Medical Coding Specialist program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is also offered completely online.

Medical Coding Specialist


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

After Acceptance

Fall 2016/Spring 2017: Once you are admitted into your program, review your Next Steps After Program Acceptance.

Fall 2017/Spring 2018: Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Medical Coding Specialist Petition Requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

Pre-Program Courses
Core Program Courses
Cluster 1
Cluster 2
Cluster 3

After completing the Medical Coding Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:

  • Collect health data
  • Apply coding and reimbursement systems
  • Model professional behaviors and ethics
  • Use electronic applications to support coding and data collection

The Medical Coding Specialist program will prepare you for entry-level coding specialist positions in health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and home health care agencies. 

Coding specialists are also employed by consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies.