Medical Coding Certificate Program

Seek employment in various areas including medical offices, hospitals, clearinghouses, or insurance agencies as a Medical Coding Specialist! Medical coders review patient information for preexisting conditions, retrieve patient records for medical personnel, and work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices.  

Lakewood College’s Medical Coding program will provide knowledge-based training and instruction on medical billing practices, electronic health records (EHR) data keeping, and insurance policies. You will learn Current Procedural Terminology and how to navigate through different types of coding systems.

Program Objectives

  • Describe the difference between Medicare Part A, B, C, and D
  • Locate and translate regulatory rules and regulations as they apply to medical billing and coding
  • Describe the structure of an ICD-10-CM code
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate the layout of the ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS manuals
  • Describe the layout and guidelines of the ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS manuals
  • Illustrate ability to abstract diagnostic statements from the medical record and differentiate between main and modifying terms and subterms in the coding manuals.
  • Choose diagnoses and procedures using the ICD-10, CPT, & HCPCS manuals, following chapter-specific guidelines.
  • Recognize the structure of an ICD-10-CM code
  • Pass the National Certification Exam

Program Outline
Lakewood College’s Medical Coding Certificate has 16 comprehensive lessons which provide "hands on" instruction on the following topics:

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Pre-Req: Medical Terminology & Anatomy »

This prerequisite course will provide the groundwork for medical terminology and anatomy that the students will need as they continue on in the Medical Billing field. It will cover healthcare terminology, body structure, directional terminology, as well as terminology and anatomy that covers all of the body’s systems.

Lesson 1: The Business of Medicine / Anatomy and Terminology »

This lesson outlines some of the basic elements of the healthcare industry. It also includes a simple refresher course in anatomy and terminology.

Lesson 2: Introduction to the ICD-10-CM »

This lesson outlines the basics of coding with the ICD-10-CM. Topics covered include, navigation through the ICD-10-CM, what coding is used for, and how to do the most basic codes of diseases.

Lesson 3: ICD-10-CM Coding- Part I »

This lesson delves further into ICD-10-CM coding and gives students the opportunity to code diseases that do not require modifiers.

Lesson 4: ICD-10-CM Coding Part II »

This lesson also delves into ICD-10-CM coding and teaches students to code using V and E codes as well as standard level coding.

Lesson 5: Introduction to CPT, Surgery Guidelines, HCPCS and Modifiers »

During this lesson, students learn about the CPT book and how to code for procedures. This step is very important in the coding process because it allows the students to now almost completely code a case study by themselves. Once they learn the HCPCS and modifiers that are in the remainder of the lesson, the students can finally code an entire case study by themselves.

Lesson 6: Integumentary System / Musculoskeletal System »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving the integumentary system and/or musculoskeletal system.

Lesson 7: Respiratory, Hemic, Lymphatic, Mediastinum, Diaphragm »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving the respiratory, hemic, lymphatic systems along with diseases of the mediastinum and diaphragm.

Lesson 8: Cardiovascular System »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving the cardiovascular system.

Lesson 9: Digestive System »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving the digestive system.

Lesson 10: Male Genital System / Reproductive Systems, Female Genital System, and Maternity »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving either of the reproductive systems or maternity codes.

Lesson 11: Endocrine System and Nervous System »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving the endocrine or nervous system.

Lesson 12: Eye and Ocular Adnexa, Auditory Systems »

This lesson covers how to code case studies with the main disease involving the eye and ocular adnexa or the auditory system.

Lesson 13: Anesthesia »

This lesson covers how to code case studies that involve anesthesia.

Lesson 14: Radiology / Pathology and Laboratory »

This lesson covers how to code case studies that involve radiology codes or pathology and laboratory codes.

Lesson 15: Evaluation and Management »

This lesson covers how to code case studies which include evaluation reports and many different types of office procedures in managing diseases.

Lesson 16: Medicine / What Lies Ahead »

This lesson covers how to code case studies involving medicine codes. This lesson also covers what medical coders can expect once they have their diploma.

What You Receive
Lakewood College provides everything you need for the Medical Coding program.  You will receive,

  • Comprehensive Medical Coding textbook & study guides
  • Career search & time management guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Instructor guidance and unlimited tutoring
  • Your very own Student Success Coach
  • Access to our online library
  • Networking with Lakewood's active student and alumni social community

At graduation, you'll also receive a Lakewood College Medical Coding Certificate. Plus, you'll have the business knowledge and confidence you need to take your career to the next level.

Career Outlook
Due to medical field advancements, job opportunities for medical coders are expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. Further, since the addition of electronic health records (EHR), the need for technicians is increased yet again to keep up with the many new opportunities in EHR data management.

Program Cost

Payment Plan

Total Tuition


Pay in Full
Payment in Full: $5,775.00

Tuition = $5,775.00

Pay in Full

Monthly Payment Plan
$1.00 down + monthly payments of $99

Monthly Payment Plan

Only $700.00
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Lakewood College provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams and instructional support at no cost to the student.

No Interest Financing
Lakewood College offers affordable, no interest payment plans. That means, unlike many other schools, you can graduate without going thousands of dollars into debt.

Low Monthly Payments
Lakewood College's low monthly payment plans are designed to fit your budget.

Convenient Payment Methods
We make it easy for you by accepting VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. We also accept debit cards, prepaid cards, checks and money orders. You can simply pay online, by phone or by mail.

Military Education Benefits
We actively support the education of active duty members, their spouses, and veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Thanks to Lakewood’s low tuition, your military benefits will go a lot further. Lakewood College works with a wide variety of government funding options for Active Duty and Veteran students.

Active Duty

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Montgomery GI BILL
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30 G.I. Bill
  • Chapter 33 G.I. Bill
  • Chapter 1606 G.I. Bill
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
Military Spouses

  • MyCAA

Tuition Reimbursement
You may qualify for tuition reimbursement from your employer under the Employee Education Assistance Act, IRS Code, Section 127. Check with your human resources department or supervisor to see if you are eligible.

No one is turned down for the Monthly Payment Plans. However Lakewood College does perform credit checks for all monthly payment applicants.

Registration Requirements
Lakewood College is open to all applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or sex. All applicants desiring to pursue formal programs of study culminating in the award of an academic credential are admitted to the school as regular students provided the following conditions have been met: To be admitted, the student must be a high school graduate or at least 18 years of age with a GED or its equivalent, receive and review certain disclosures and sign an enrollment agreement.

By providing your credit card information, you will be charged a registration fee of $125.00. Tuition charges will not be made until a signed enrollment agreement is received by Lakewood College.


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