Medical Coding

Prepare for medical coding jobs in hospitals, clinics, medical offices and other health care settings

In the online medical coding training program at UAF, you’ll learn how to analyze medical records and assign codes used to index diagnoses and provide information for reimbursement. Graduates will be prepared for the national certification required for the majority of medical coding jobs in the United States.

Who Is the Medical Coding Program Designed For?

This occupational training program is a great fit for anyone who is interested in working in health care settings — especially those with strong organizational skills and a keen eye for detail. Because our program is offered entirely online, it’s also a great option for students outside the Fairbanks area, or who want more flexibility to balance work and family time.

Depending on your needs and interests, you may also want to check out our medical billing training program.

What is Medical Coding?

Medical coding is the process of translating important medical information into universal alphanumeric codes in order to document medical records and ensure accurate billing.

Every time you visit a health care provider, medical coders are at work documenting information such as diagnosis, treatment and test results. In addition to facilitating reimbursement for medical services provided, this uniform system of coding allows for a more seamless transfer of medical records between different health care facilities.

Why Study Medical Coding Online at UAF?

  • Prepare for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding exam and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) exam.
  • Complete your medical coding job training program online at your own pace, part-time or full-time.
  • Get personal support and guidance from expert faculty and advisors who are here to help you succeed.

Degree Type

  • Occupational Endorsement


  • Online

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Online Classes at UAF

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.