Medical Coding (Short-term Training)
Students in class

Medical Coding

Short-term Training Certifications

PURPOSE: The Community College Workforce Alliance works in partnership with Reynolds and Tyler Community Colleges to serve students with a fast track to the workforce with training and credentialing programs that can be completed in weeks or months. CCWA offers workforce training and certifications in transportation and logistics, construction and trades, customer service, health care and manufacturing. These programs are supported through state-funded tuition assistance available to all Virginians, making Short-term Training Programs low cost or no cost. Short-term Training Programs also offer career coaching and job connections.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Short-term Training credentials prepare students for entry-level careers in high-demand occupational fields offering good starting wages – many with benefits and promotion opportunities. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: There are no admissions requirements.  Tuition assistance is available to all residents of Virginia, regardless of income. Classes may be free to those qualifying for additional financial aid.  

PROGRAM NOTES: In certain industries, prior convictions may prohibit employment.  Drug testing and a pre-employment physical may be required for some occupations.  Some companies may have minimum age requirements for select positions.

Medical Coding

This program will introduce class participants to the basic principles of coding for outpatient and physician services.  Instruction will include:  beginning through advanced CPT coding.  It will cover information about anatomy, terminology, and various procedures, as well as demonstrations and examples on how to code each service in the CPT book.  This course will prepare participants to sit for the AAPC, formally American Academy of Professional Coders, Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.  Course Objectives include: Identifying the purpose of the CPT® , ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code books, understanding and apply the official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines, applying coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes, identifying the information in appendices of the CPT® code book, explaining the determination of the levels of E/M services, coding a wide variety of patient services using CPT® , ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes, listing the major features of HCPCS Level II codes, and providing practical application of coding operative reports and evaluation and management services. 

Medical Coding

Bright Outlook

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Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.
Common job titles: Coder, Health Information Clerk, Health Information Specialist, Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech), Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Clerk, Medical Records Coordinator, Medical Records Director, Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2026) 5,850
Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced) $27,120 - $63,600


 Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

 Green Leaf Icon"Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

 Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from an external agency (O*NET) on August 1, 2019.

CCWA has funding through the Short-term Training Program for this certification prep course. The financial assistance can help pay for training that supports attainment of industry credentials. If you have limited income and want to earn an industry credential, please contact us and find out how CCWA can support your efforts. 

Sign up for an upcoming Short-term Training orientation.

Sessions will be held at CCWA on the Parham Road Campus of Reynolds Community College in the Workforce Development and Conference Center (WDCC) located at 1651 E. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23228. 

For more registration information, contact a CCWA Career Coach at careercoach@ccwa.vccs.edu.