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Medical Coder

Medical Coders apply diagnostic and procedural codes for medical reimbursement and interpret medical terminology for real-life patient care.  

Medical coders must accurately code health insurance claims and thoroughly examine the details of each patient appointment, exam or surgery.  If there is an error, coders need to correct the error in a timely manner. Medical coders need to be able to analyze medical records to assign the correct diagnosis and procedure codes on a claim. They also need to make sure the claim is billed correctly. Medical coders must be comfortable working with computers and technology.  

Course Length:

  • Career-Readiness Training: 1 week
  • Pre-Training: 1 week
  • Medical Coding Course Training: 14 months
  • Total Training Length: 14.5 months

Potential Starting Wage: $16.05 per hour

Average Number of Openings Each Year^: 800

^Wage and employment estimates for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), was accessed using the Oklahoma Wage Network (OWN) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [March 31, 2017] [].

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