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Medical Coding
Associate Degree Online

Earn a degree in medical coding and start carving a new career path

  • 100% online coursework you can take right at home
  • Program length: 18 months
  • Transfer up to 45 approved credits
  • Get started fast: 6 start dates per year
  • Includes training in inpatient (ICD-10), outpatient (CPT) and advanced coding
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam prep
Waived enrollment fee Classes start November 2nd
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Play a key role in healthcare delivery with an associate degree in medical coding.

As medical care becomes more reliant on technology—and more complex—hospitals and clinics need medical coding professionals who can create and maintain accurate electronic health records that follow guidelines for protecting patient privacy. In as little as 20 months, you can earn your medical coding degree online and be well prepared to pursue career opportunities in this growing field.

# of Credits
61 Credits
Time to Complete
20 Months

Through Herzing's medical coding associate's degree program, you will:

  • Gain coding skills for both inpatient (hospital) and outpatient care contexts
  • Prepare for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Be eligible to pursue the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) qualification upon graduation and after one year of work experience instead of the usual two
Classes Start November 2nd

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A medical coding career could be right for you, if you:

  • Are detailed and can spot mistakes others miss
  • Quickly pick up on new terms and codes
  • Have an interest in medicine, medical procedures and human anatomy
  • Are comfortable navigating computer software programs
  • Can clearly communicate with customers, management and specialists
Degree in Medical Coding Online

Medical Coding Associate Degree Program Curriculum

Herzing University’s online associate’s degree in medical coding program  provides students with a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical terminology.  You'll learn basic and advanced coding methods, principles of patient privacy and ethical conduct, and graduate fully prepared for an entry-level medical coding position.

Program Credits Months*
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding 61 20
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location


Required Courses

All courses, 16.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

♢8.00 semester credit hours are required. (6.00 of these semester credit hours will satisfy general education science requirement)

Required Internship or Research Project

4.00 semester credit hours are required.


* Enrollment in a student readiness training is required two terms prior to internship course.  Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences ♢Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.

What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?

As a graduate of Herzing University's medical coding associate degree program you'll be prepared to take the CCA Certified Coding Associate certification by the American Health Information Management Association and be eligible to pursue the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) qualification after one year of work experience.

Advancing Your Education

When greater career options are calling you, we're here to help you advance your Herzing education. You can move from medical  coding into management positions in the area of medical records and health information documentation by earning a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration.


Medical coding associate degree program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements for the Herzing University Medical Coding degree program include:

  1. Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  2. Achieve the minimum score on one of several options for entrance testing, including the Wonderlic, ACT or SAT
  3. Meet with a Herzing admissions advisor
  4. Fill out an enrollment application

If you have any further questions, please contact us and we’ll fill in all the blanks.

Classes Start November 2nd

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Ranked #13 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2018 by U.S. News & World Report

With the increased demand for electronic health care records and medical treatment in general, the outlook for medical coding jobs is strong.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, national job openings for medical records and health information technicians should grow by over 13% over the 2016-2026 period - an  additional 27,300 new jobs.

Potential Job Titles

  • Coding Specialist
  • Department Coder
  • Inpatient Coder
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Records Specialist
  • Outpatient Coder

What about medical billing?

Medical coding and medical billing are separate jobs with unique roles and responsibilities.

Billers and coders work together to facilitate the healthcare revenue cycle. Coders interpret the care provided into the language a computer system can understand, and billers use these instructions to file insurance claims and post payments to accounts.

Develop enough experience in the field and you can potentially earn a larger role in both medical billing and coding—but many students pursue either billing or coding.

Learn more about our medical billing associate degree program.


Frequently Asked Questions

Medical coders translate the care provided to a patient into codes a computer system can understand. Coders categorize both diagnoses and procedures performed to convert a story of medical treatment into concise codes used for determining the cost of care.

Coders must work closely with physicians, billers and other healthcare personnel to ensure costs are distributed appropriately and claims are filed correctly. Accurate coding helps the business of healthcare run much more smoothly.

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical records and health information technicians (including medical coders) earn an average salary of $46,590 per year ($22.40 per hour).*


Herzing’s program features 100% online coursework for both the diploma and associate degree options.

The program does include a required research project or internship as part of the curriculum.

You can complete the research project online. If you choose the internship (pending eligibility in your state), you will be able to gain experience in a real working environment to best prepare you for your first entry-level job in medical coding.

Technology increasingly influences the evolution of the healthcare industry. Digital coding software called “encoders” can streamline the coding process and have provoked many to wonder about the future of medical coding.

Software can help to reduce the probability of human error but certainly does not replace what a human medical coder brings to the table: ability to decipher human documentation and the reasoning skills to accurately translate them into instructions for billing.

According to the 2019 projection from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical records and health information technicians (including medical coders) is expected to increase 11% from 2018-2028, much faster than the average U.S. occupation.


Medical coding is a great career choice for detail-oriented people who work well on their own (a good option for introverts!) and seek a growing career field with opportunities for advancement.

Getting educated is your first step to finding the job you love. Become possible with Herzing University.

Inpatient coding refers to a diagnosis report for patients who require hospitalization and must be admitted for an extended stay. Inpatient coding uses Internal Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) coding systems.

Outpatient coding refers to reports outlining services for patients who aren’t required to be hospitalized, typically those who are released within 24 hours. Outpatient coding uses Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding systems.

Inpatient and outpatient coding also deal with unique payment and reimbursement systems you will need to be familiar with.

You may learn inpatient and/or outpatient coding depending on whether you choose the associate degree or diploma path.

You can find an estimate for our medical coding program by using the Herzing University Tuition Wizard.

An affordable, career-focused education is within your reach. You may consider many different options for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans or student employment.

Our goal is to best prepare you to become an excellent medical coder who is ready to excel right away in your first entry-level coding job.

While earning a degree/diploma is not always required to earn certain coding certifications, getting educated can help you qualify for more job openings, hit the ground running at full speed and position you best for career advancement.

Herzing University offers several undergraduate healthcare degree and diploma options that you may earn online, in addition to medical coding and billing:

Each program is positioned uniquely to build a foundation for you to pursue the type of job in healthcare you’re looking for—whether it’s directly caring for patients, focusing on day-to-day administrative tasks or leading the way in a managerial role.


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The goal of this program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures.  Basic and advanced coding methods will be employed. The student will gain an understanding of the importance of patient privacy while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician's office, or other healthcare facility.

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Accreditations & Disclosures

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.

I was tired of low-paying, dead-end jobs. I wanted more out of life and I wanted to set a good example for my children. I chose to study medical billing and coding at Herzing University because I have healthcare experience and wanted a career in a growing field.
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