Medical Coding Education Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the costs associated with the Medical Coding Education Program?

A: The total cost of the program is $2,710. The Health Information Management (HIM) Department will cover $2,000 with scholarship funds. The student out-of-pocket cost is $710.

This course is not eligible for tuition reimbursement.

Q: In what timeframe am I expected to complete the program?

A:  The course is 20 weeks of instruction, that include sessions for the mock exam and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Q: Am I guaranteed a position at WVUH upon completion of the program?

A: Successful completion of this program does help prepare the individual for a career at WVU Medicine. Successful completion does not guarantee employment at WVU Medicine. Participation in the program is voluntary and in no way creates an employment contract.

Q: What topics are covered in this program?

A: The following topics will be covered:

  • Medical terminology and anatomy and physiology
  • International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision
  • Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and ICD-10-PCS Procedures
  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  • Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)

Q: What are the prerequisites for the program?

A: You must provide a transcript from an accredited school or online program as proof of course work in medical terminology and anatomy and physiology no later than 2014 and obtained a grade of B or higher.

Q: How are candidates chosen for the program?

A:  Potential candidates must complete the application.
At the time of your interview, you are required to provide the following: high school, vocational school/college transcripts.

A committee will review the applicant pool to determine potential candidates. Class members will be chosen by standardized criteria, which include the results of a pre-test administered during the interview.

Top applicants will be granted an interview with the HIM Coding Education Program Committee.

Note: Class attendance is essential to complete this program. If you are not able to attend every class, you should not apply for this program.

Q: How will I gauge my success in the course?

A: Exams will be given for each chapter/module completed to gauge comprehension.  Students must maintain an overall weighted average of 86% to remain in the course. Upon successful completion of the American Academy of Professional Coders’ (AAPC) national exam, students will be recognized as a Certified Professional Coder – Apprentice (CPC-A).

Q: What are the job opportunities?

A: Medical Coding is a growing field with potential employment in physician offices, inpatient and outpatient hospital facilities, free standing clinics, and insurance companies to name a few. The healthcare industry is experiencing a shortage of trained coding staff, which has increased since implementation of International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System (ICD-10-PCS) on October 1, 2015.

Q: How often a year do you have Medical Coding classes?

A: There are 2 educators that teach the current class, and they don’t begin a new class until the current class is over. So even though the course is about 6 months in length, they then take time to prepare, interview, etc. for the next class.  On average, each class has previously been about 9 months apart.

Q: How soon can I enroll before each class session begins?

A: This is dependent on when they determine the next class begins. This is not on a strict schedule. There is about a 2 – 3 week window that the application is posted and available.

Q: I see that I need to have completed a previous course in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology. Can those be taken anywhere? It is not very descriptive just says “a course”

A: It can be any course from high school, vocational school, or college, in a classroom or online. Must be able to provide a transcript with a final grade. Completed course work cannot be older than 2014 and you must have achieved a final grade of B or higher in each course.