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Medical Coding
Diploma Program Online


Join today's fastest growing career field with a diploma in medical coding.

As demand for health care grows, more and more medical coders are needed to create the electronic health records that track patient health and treatment history. In as little as 8 months, you can learn inpatient or outpatient practical coding skills to pursue a medical coding career.

# of Credits
25 Credits
Time to Complete
10 Months

As a Herzing student, you will:

  • Have a choice to focus on Inpatient Coding or Outpatient Coding
  • Gain hands-on training using real medical records
  • Be prepared for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination from the American Health Information Management Association
  • Learn medical coding from industry experienced faculty who are committed to your success
Classes Start November 1st

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Diploma in Medical Coding Program Curriculum

As a graduate of Herzing's diploma program in medical coding, you'll be prepared for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician's office or other healthcare facility. 

You'll have a working understanding of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical terminology. You'll also be prepared to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures.

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i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location

Required Courses

All courses, 25.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Advancing Your Education

When greater career options are calling you, we're here to help you advance your Herzing education. You'll have a direct pathway to Herzing University's associate degree program in medical coding.

Tuition & Cost

10 months | 25 credits

$13,130 total tuition

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Tuition & Cost

With Herzing University, an affordable, career-focused education is within your reach. We are always striving to make college more affordable for everyone.

Opportunities for financial aid include:


Medical coding diploma program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements for the Herzing University Medical Coding diploma 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

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Ranked #18 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2021 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 9% over the 2020-2030 period*.

By earning your diploma in medical coding with Herzing,  you'll have the choice to focus on the area of specialization that aligns with your career goals.

  • Outpatient Coding:  train for career opportunities in clinics, group practices and physicians' offices
  • Inpatient Coding: train for opportunities in hospitals and long-term care facilities

Possible job title include: Coding Specialist, Department Coder, Inpatient Coder


Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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.

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.

According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical records and health information technicians (including medical coders) earn an average salary of $48,270 per year ($23.21 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.

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.

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 projection from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical records and health information technicians (including medical coders) is expected to increase 9% from 2020-2030, faster than the average U.S. occupation.*

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.

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.


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Diploma in Medical Coding Degree Programs

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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. 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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Accreditation & Disclosures

1. Based on student accepting awarded scholarship and completing the program within two semesters.

2. Certification in this program is not a state requirement.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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