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Iowa Western Community College

Professional Medical Coding

Classes starting Spring 2018! 

Medical Coding professionals transform healthcare diagnosis, procedures, and medical services into universal medical codes. They help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes taking the information from the patient's medical record, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance companies.

Program Brochure

About the Program

Professional Medical Coding is a 128 hour class that is taught in a hybrid format, incorporating classroom and online learning. Class meets 2 evenings a week and students should expect to spend at least 10 hours of work outside the classroom. Upon completion of the class, students will sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam from AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders).

Program to Include
  • Anatomy & medical terminology 
  • Fundamentals of medical coding
  • CPT, ICD-9, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding
  • Evaluation & management review
  • Expertise in reviewing and assigning correct procedure & diagnostic codes
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (HiSET, GED)
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or college (must provide copy of transcript with registration)
  • Minimum 1 year experience working in medical field (or completion of a medical training program)
  • Working knowledge of Windows based PC and Microsoft Office
  • Access to computer with high-speed internet

Alisha Vorthmann, RN, BSN teaches the anatomy and medical terminology portion of the class. Alisha received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in 2006. She has worked in the areas of medical surgical nursing, the cardiac cath lab and the cardiac center as well as mental health nursing. Since 2009, Alisha has been passionate about teaching in the continuing health education department at Iowa Western.

Vicki Workman, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC teaches the medical coding portion of the class.  Vicki currently works for CHI Health as a Coding Educator and Chart Reviewer for physician services.  She has been a past president and currently holds the membership chair for the local coding chapter, Metro Omaha Coders group.  Vicki's background includes working as a Medical Assistant before becoming a certified coder in 2000.  She enjoys teaching and helping others develop a passion for coding like she does.

Dawn Goodsell, RHIA, CCS, CPC, COC, CPC-I also teaches the medical coding portion of the class. Dawn has been working as a full-time faculty instructor at Metro Community College for 7 years and an additional 3 years prior as an adjunct faculty instructor in the HIM program. Prior to teaching full-time, Dawn worked for UNMC for nearly 25 years with coding, billing, auditing, and chart extracting. She is a lifelong learner, a strong advocate for education and helping people reach their full potential. 

Career and Salary Information

Most medical coding professionals work in hospitals, clinics, or physician offices.  Some also find employment with long-term care facilities, home health services, private medical billing and coding companies, or with the government. Medical Coding careers are expected to grow 22% through 2022. Expected wage range is $16 - $24 per hour.


$2795 includes books, handouts/resources, AAPC student membership for 1 year and CPC exam. Fee must accompany registration. Money order/cashier’s check/credit card only—no personal checks accepted.  Pre-registration is required.

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information! 

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