Professional Development

Professional Medical Coder

What does a Professional Medical Coder do?

A medical coder reads a patient’s file and translates everything in the file to a universal code accepted by insurance companies. Everything that happens at each appointment is analyzed and assigned a code by the medical coder. This includes supplies used, diagnosis and treatment.

Where Can You Work?

Medical coders can work in a variety of settings. As a medical coder, you can work in private practice, in a large healthcare network, in long-term care settings or even in urgent care centers.


22 Weeks


Training Materials Provided



Professional Medical Coder


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this program, you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Review patient records and assign numeric/alphanumeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure
  • Understand in-depth the CPT coding system and have familiarity with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems
  • Assign accurate medical codes for professional (physician) procedures, services and diagnoses
  • Adhere to medical coding guidelines, regulations and compliance

Courses - 22 Weeks

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Professional Medical Coder Job Possibilities

Professional Medical Coder


$28,000 – $56,000

Professional Fee Coder


$28,000 – $56,000

Surgical Coder


$29,000 – $71,000

Certification Information

Upon completion of your training, you’ll be prepared for two separate certifications: the Certified Professional Coder (CPC-A) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Certified Professional Coder

The Certified Professional Coder certification by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) showcases your knowledge and understanding of medical coding.


Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based

The Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based certification through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a nationally recognized certification that showcases a person’s ability to become a physician-based coding specialist.

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Payment Options

Credit Card

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option.


Short-term Loan

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Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


How long does it take to become a Medical Coder?

You will complete the courses in this program over 22 weeks, making students job-ready in 5.5 months. The program is flexible, allowing for assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.

Do these courses count for college credit?

No, these courses do not count for college credit.

Is the Medical Coder training program online?

Yes, our training program is fully online and asynchronous.