Her MCC instructors wanted her to succeed. Now she’s a certified medical coder

Lauren Gordon with MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty at the College’s commencement ceremony in May

By Lisa Kalell

Lauren Gordon graduated from Metropolitan Community College in May with a coding specialist certificate, and she credits her thorough education with helping her secure a great job before graduation.

Gordon had worked as a server but aspired to have a career in the medical field.  She enrolled at MCC-Maple Woods in January 2018, attending classes in the evening and taking a few online classes as well.

“I chose MCC because it’s affordable, has locations throughout the city that were convenient for me, and the online classes accommodated my busy schedule,” Gordon said.

MCC’s coding certificate program, based at MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute, prepares students for the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.  In the program, students not only learn how to properly assign diagnosis and procedure codes for both inpatients and outpatients, but they also learn anatomy and physiology and medical terminology.

Attending MCC was a positive experience for her, especially with instructors like Matthew Patterson who not only prepare students for the CPC exam but also make sure they’re well-trained for a career in medical coding.

“The instructors are always willing to work with you and make sure that you fully understand the subject matter,” Gordon said. “They prepare you for real-life work situations and really want you to succeed.”

Gordon entered MCC’s coding program with some medical office experience. “Even before she passed her CPC exam, she was able to take the information she learned in class and apply it to her job,” Patterson said. “Many times, this resolved outstanding billing issues that resulted in the medical office being reimbursed. “

With her education from MCC and a Certified Professional Coder certificate in hand, Gordon has hit the ground running and is now enjoying her new career at Wound Care Clinic in Lee’s Summit.

Congratulations to Lauren Gordon! For more information about MCC programs, visit mcckc.edu/programs or call 816.604.1000.