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Medical Coding Specialist

When to Apply

Fall Cohort 2017 application is open.

Fall 2017 Cohort Application Open Date:
January 16, 2017
Fall Start Date:
September 25, 2017

Mandatory Information Sessions

Medical Coding Specialist Information Sessions are required to gain access to the program application.
Click here for a printable PDF.

Mandatory Info Sessions for fall cohort
May 10, 2017
3  - 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Medford Campus
Building A, Room 11
May 16, 2017
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Grants Pass Redwood Campus
Coates Hall, Room 4
May 31, 2017
4 - 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Medford Campus
HEC, Room 132
June 15, 2017
1 - 2:00 p.m.
Table Rock Campus
Room 126

Additional Information Sessions:

This link to schedule is for the SOHOPE/AHO Information Sessions and the AHO Demonstration Day. Neither will fulfill the requirement of the mandatory session for application to the Medical Coding Specialist program, only the above mandatory program Information Sessions will.

Maps of RCC campuses


What is a Medical Coding Specialist?

Medical Coding Specialists work in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices to obtain accurate reimbursement for healthcare claims. They utilize specialized medical classification software to assign procedure and diagnosis codes for insurance billing.

This certificate program prepares students to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Certification through the AAPC, or the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam through AHIMA.

Link to the AAPC


Why become a Medical Coding Specialist?

Medical Coding Specialists enter careers that are highly independent and satisfying. They ensure accurate billing and coding in compliance with insurance companies and practitioners. MCSs are highly sought after; the industry is expected to grow by 21% by the year 2020.


How to Apply

To become a RCC student, you must fill out an online admission application from our Get Started page.

  • Schedule a placement test.
  • If you have transcripts from another college, have your official transcripts sent to Rogue Central Services, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527. Once you have confirmed that your transcripts have arrived at RCC, submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request.  Once the evaluation is complete you will be notified as to how transfer coursework may be applied to the Medical Coding Specialist requirements.
  • Review the Medical Coding Specialist Graduation Guide.
  • Attend a mandatory Information Session.
  • Complete prerequisites to the program.
  • Watch the short observation video of the program you intend to apply for. After watching this, write a short reflection essay (approx. 150-250 words to be included in your application).
  • career services emblemWrite a short personal statement of what led you to apply for one of our programs. Also, if you have previous healthcare experience, you can write a short statement describing that experience (to be included in your application).
  • Apply to the Medical Coding Specialist Program by submitting an Allied Health Occupations Application Form - via your myRogue account.

Contact Career Services to help you prepare for the AHO program interview.

This is a competitive program and not all qualified applicants may be accepted. There will be a waitlist established for those not accepted into the cohort immediately in case new clinical space is open or students decline their seats in the cohort. Any application received after the application deadline will be waitlisted.


How much will it cost?

This program is Financial Aid eligible and includes a State approved Certificate. Funding for the Medical Coding Specialist program is available for students awarded into the SOHOPE grant.

The program is 34-43 credits at $99 per credit for Oregon residents for a range of $3,366-$4,257 (not including prerequisites and fees).  Go here for more detailed tuition rate information.  Due to rapidly changing nature of health care and associated costs, the following are only estimates.

Books $250 per term
College Services $140-240 per term
Technology Fees $60-145 per term
Distance Fees $20-60 per term
Certified Background Check $75  
Testing $100  
Immunizations $100  

Additional Questions Contact:

Daniel Wu
Training Services Coordinator
Sterile Process Technician/Medical Coding Specialist
541-245-7845
dwu@roguecc.edu
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