Online Courses and Scholarship Set Sorenson Up for Success in Medical Coding Field

Marsha Sorenson, a Northwest Technical College student finishing her certificate in medical coding, proudly received the Mississippi Headwaters Bloodbank Scholarship during NTC’s 2019 Scholarship Breakfast earlier this semester.

Sorenson looks forward to using her scholarship to purchase books and school supplies for the school year.

“It makes a huge difference,” Sorenson said of the scholarship. “It helps reassure me that I am moving in the right direction. I didn’t know if I would get a scholarship, but anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish. You can work for it.”

Sorenson has been taking courses completely online and plans to graduate with a certificate in medical coding this December, after only a one-year course load at NTC. Afterwards, she plans to go on to receive her associate’s degree as well.

“I am very happy to be taking classes online because it fits with my life. I can make my own schedule, stay organized and set my priorities for tasks,” she said. “With the medical coding program only taking one year to complete, it’s so exciting to have just started but also be so close to being done too. I am looking forward to the opportunities for advancement that this certificate will bring me.”

NTC’s medical coding career path provides training using nationally recognized coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to medical treatment. Medical coders are needed for patient account management, medical billing and insurance claims processing.

Students attending NTC can choose between three medical coding pathways, all of which provide comprehensive training using nationally recognized coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to medical treatment. The 29-credit certificate and the 42-credit diploma program prepare graduates for entry-level positions and for an applied science (AAS) degree in the field.

Graduates of NTC’s AAS medical coding degree (60-credits) are prepared for employment opportunities in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, home health agencies, long-term care facilities and dental offices. The program includes coursework in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, U.S. health care systems and more.

“My goal is to get a job in the medial field,” Sorenson said. “I love computers, data and records keeping and find coding very rewarding.”

Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit