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Medical Coding Specialist (MCS) Orientation

Monday, August 20th
3 - 4 p.m.

A-21 (upstairs where interviews were held)
Riverside Campus (Medford)

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When to Apply

Applications for fall term start are CLOSED.

Fall Cohort begins Monday, September 24th.

Mandatory Information Session

Watch the video below to learn more about our programs, courses and the application process. At the end of the video, you will receive the code required to complete your application.

Complete list of required courses for each program

List of permanently or potentially disqualifying crimes

Additional Information Sessions:

This link to schedule is for the SOHOPE Information Sessions. This will not fulfill the requirement of the mandatory session for application to the Medical Coding program, only the above mandatory program Information Session will.

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. 200-300 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 (approx. 200-300 words 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.

Get your immunization records and submit your transcripts as soon as possible to secure your spot in the program. Oregon Health Authority [OHA] mandates current immunizations, American Heart Association, Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid card; a urine drug screen and a criminal history as a condition of clinical attendance for all health careers students who have direct patient contact during their program practicum (for more information please see OHA's Student Information Sheet).

Students who have not completed the above requirements will be withdrawn from the program. It is your responsibility to watch your email and  the Medical Assistant website prior to and after acceptance into the program to check for updated requirements. All communication will be via the email you used to apply to RCC.

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 $107 per credit for Oregon residents (not including prerequisites and fees).  Follow the link for more detailed tuition rate information.

Additional Questions Contact:

Allied Health Occupations
or phone 541-245-7841

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