Medical Coding TC

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, IHE Certificate of Completion, Employment, Measurable skills gain

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder. 510713


The medical coding program is designed to education students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a career as a medical coder. Students will be exposed to a variety of issues relating to the healthcare field as well as common medical terminology which will relate to their future careers in medical coding. Medical coders review medical documents in order to assign standardized medical codes. These codes are essential in determining accurate billing, referral, insurance, and pharmacy records. According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), medical codes translate physician notes, radiology and laboratory records, and other medical documentation into standardized codes that tell payers the following:

  • Patient’s diagnosis

  • Medical necessity for treatments, services, or supplies the patient received.

  • Treatments, services, and supplies provided to the patient.

  • Any unusual circumstances or medical condition that affected those treatments and services.

Upon completion of the Medical Coding Technical Certificate, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification which is a requirement for future employment in the medical coding field.


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent


BLACK River Technical College (BRTC) - Paragould

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)

P.O. Box 1565, 1 Black River Drive, Paragould, Arkansas

Local WIB

5050 - Northeast

Name of Credential

Medical Coding Technical Certificate

Type of financial aid offered or have access to


Refund Policy

Refer to refund policy guidelines in Black River Technical College's 23-24 Course Catalog, on pages 47-49.

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)


Testing/Exam Fees

$499.00 $399 for single attempt voucher or $499 for two attempt voucher

In-State/District Tuition

$3,210.00 $107 per credit hour

Other Fees

$1,980.00 Technology Fee - $25.00 per credit hour Student Activity Fee - $3.00 per credit hour Student Assessment Fee - $4.00 per credit hour Student Success Fee - $2.00 per credit hour Facilities Maintenance Fee - $12.00 per credit hour Distance Education Fee - $20.00 per credit hour Total fees per credit hour = $66.00 *Select courses and programs have additional fees assessed. *Distance Ed Fee only applies to CVN, Hybrid, or Online courses. *Fees are subject to change.

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$6,420.00 $214 per credit hour

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

29-2072.00Medical Records Specialists
$17.05 per hour
Required Certification: Certified Professional Coder Certification Exam

Provider Status



P.O. Box 1565, 1 Black River Drive, Paragould, Arkansas 72450

Phone Number

(870) 239-0969

Fax Number

(870) 239-2050

Web Address


Last Updated

Sep 21, 2023


Mar 02, 2023


Jul 05, 2024

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