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February 25, 2014


UTTC offering training in medical coding
BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College is set to begin training March 17 for medical coding. The specialty is part of the health information technology field.
            “United Tribes now offers the only opportunity in the area for Medical Coding Certificate Training,” says Sherry M. Baker, the program’s director. “It’s the first step into a field that’s very much in demand.”
            The training offered by UTTC is a 19 week concentrated program designed to prepare students to rapidly enter the workforce.
Support for the program is provided by the State of North Dakota through a workforce training grant to Tribal Colleges.
Workforce Options
           Medical coding positions are available in a wide range of health care settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, treatment facilities and worker’s compensation offices. Medical coders also conduct their own independent businesses.
Industry Certification
           The UTTC program prepares students for industry certification for physician practice, Baker says. Credentials for additional specialties may also be pursued, including cardiology, obstetrics, dermatology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics and others fields.
           The training is also designed to update current medical coders on new coding requirements that take effect in October 2014.
Limited Class Size
            Applications are being accepted now. The program is open to students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. Student financial aid is available.
Classes are set to begin March 17 on the United Tribes campus in Bismarck. They include daily classroom instruction Monday through Friday. Only a limited number of spaces are open.

For more information contact Sherry M. Baker, CPC, UTTC Medical Coding Director, 701-255-3285 x 1368, shbaker@uttc.edu.

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