Is Online Study For Me?

About Our Online Program

The Medical Coding Program is delivered entirely online through Canvas, our learning management system, and uses a building-block curriculum published for us by our academic partner, Career Step. We use Canvas as our classroom, and while you will be studying and taking some tests and completing other assignments in Career Step as indicated in the syllabi, Canvas will be the place where we actually “talk.”  There will be discussion boards for each of your classes, including both questions and any potential required discussions.   All aspects of the program are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This is NOT a self-paced program. Assignments and exercises have due dates, and each quarter starts and ends on established dates. Regular participation is essential to the learning process in the virtual learning community and counts as a portion of your grade. The program is intensive and you should anticipate spending AT LEAST 3 hours per credit earned per week completing assignments.  

Computer Requirements

You are responsible for obtaining a computer, software, and a reliable Internet connection for your studies in your home (using a computer at a public library will not provide you with enough study hours).

Intermediate computer skills are crucial to your success in this program. This includes comfort with using Microsoft Word, the ability to send attachments by email, and the ability to name, save, and retrieve files to a specific location. You must also provide an email address to the college upon registration. If you need help developing some of these skills, see our list of recommended courses.

You need a computer; either a desk-top or laptop will work.  While some of the program content can be accessed on a tablet, you will need a computer to complete the program.  This can be either a PC or a Mac, although a PC is recommended.

Active Internet Connection is REQUIRED

  • High speed/broadband connection is recommended.

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack 2 or 3) – Windows 8.1 is NOT Compatible
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)


  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Required Software 

  • A full version of Microsoft Word 2000 or higher.  (Microsoft Office 365 is now available at no cost to MTE students using their EvCC e-mail address!)
  • Firefox is required for some, not all, applications.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer is required for the 3M Encoder.
  • Real Audio Player (free download) for pronunciation sound files.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Recommended Software

  • Antivirus software is recommended.


  • Internet Explorer 9.x, 10x, 11x
  • Firefox 3.x or higher
  • Safari 3.1 to 5.0

Additional Computer Requirements

  • Pop-up blocking to be disabled. 
  • Cookies to be enabled.
  • Java and JavaScript to be enabled and up to date.
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.
  • Current Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player.

A printer (either inkjet or laser) is optional depending on your personal leaning and working styles.  Some students print many things, others print none.  Should you choose to print things, we encourage black-ink only options to reduce expenses.

Managing Time and Learning Online

Studying and learning from home on your computer may sound very intriguing, but it has its challenges. Would you like to explore what it would be like to study online before you enroll in our program? Take this FREE quick assessment.