Seawolf Advisory!

Good news, Seawolves! The Administration/Humanities Building is officially open for normal business and classes as of Monday, Oct. 14. Thanks to faculty and staff for their flexibility working from temporary locations and students for their flexibility attending courses in alternate classrooms.

Special thanks to our amazing Facilities and Campus Services team and partners AMC Engineers, Vannoy Electric, North Form and Lake View for their work to get the building back up and running so quickly. 

Medical Office Coding, OEC


The UAA Medical Office Coding program prepares students to work as medical office coders in medical office and outpatient settings coding medical records for statistical and reimbursement purposes. The program is based upon the American Academy of Professional coders (AAPC) recommendations.  We offer a 17-credit undergraduate Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) that is typically completed over three academic semesters of part-time coursework.  

Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to sit for the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination. Students who successfully pass the AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination will be granted initial apprenticeship status. See more regarding CPC-A apprenticeship status

Program Highlights

  • 17 credit Occupational Endorsement Certificate
  • Fall, Spring and Summer Semester start options
  • Certificate is typically completed in three semesters of half-time enrollment.
  • Some courses offered in an online learning format.
  • Courses prepare students to take the AAPC Professional Coder (CPC) exam


What is a coder?

Medical office coders work in medical offices and outpatient settings coding medical records for statistical and reimbursement purposes. A good understanding of medical terminology is essential for diagnosis and procedure coding. An understanding of human biology or anatomy and physiology is also necessary for a medical coder to accurately interpret what one is attempting to code.