Medical Coding

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Medical Coding

Credits required 29


Patricia Dent

Program contact

Ann-Marie Barone, Department Chair and Assistant Professor in Health Information Management, ext. 2369

Program Goal Statement

This certificate provides students with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, human diseases and their treatment, and medical language of major body systems. Students also learn how to provide disease and procedure codes in both of the medical coding systems used in the healthcare industry and how to communicate those codes to payers.

Program Information 

  • This certificate prepares students for CCA, CCS, and CCS-P certification examinations offered by the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), or AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) certification options.
  • Two program options: Fall River or eHealth (online program) New Bedford.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

CIT 121Information Technology Fluency I

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

MAA 204Medical Insurance Forms Preparation

3 credits

MAA 209Medical Office Portfolio Development

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:17


Program Courses

HCI 110Fundamentals of Health Information Technology & Management

2 credits

HCI 145Medical Coding/Billing Externship and Seminar

1 credit

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HCI 239International Classification of Disease Coding

3 credits

HCI 242Coding of Procedures and Healthcare Reimbursement

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12


To enroll in the Health Information Management degree program, substitute BIO 233 and BIO 234 for BIO 115.

A student who is unable to fit MAA 209 into the last spring semester should consult with the Program Coordinator about substituting the 3-credit CED 210 (Cooperative Work Experience I).

Related Programs

Health Information Management degree (Medical Records), Office Administration degree – Medical Administrative Assistant option

Special Requirements for the Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. A minimum high school grade point average "C" or a G.E.D. score of 2500, with a minimum score of 500 in math and a minimum score of 500 in science is required.  Prerequisites for high school graduates include high school biology or chemistry and a high school mathematics course with a minimum grade of "C". It is recommended that students who have a G.E.D. equivalent take BIO 111 and MTH 011 prior to applying for admission.

Accepted applicants must have a physical exam, proof of immunizations or titres.  A TB test is required each year.  Health insurance is required.  Students are responsible for associated costs.  Students should plan on scheduling for a twenty hour professional practice experience (PPE). Students must provide their own transportation to professional practice sites. 

Individual healthcare facilities may have additional requirements for professional PPE.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

A positive CORI/SORI check may prevent individuals from working in contracted health facilities which could prevent students from completing the program objectives.

Grade Requirements

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” (73) in all required Medical Coding courses (HCI), HLT 106, and BIO 115. Failure to earn a “C” (73) or better in required courses requires a repeat of that course, which may affect the time to complete the certificate.

Recommended Course Sequence

BIO 115, CIT 121, ENG 101, HLT 106, MAA 204

Contact your program director or your advisor for course sequencing recommendations.

Recommended Course Sequence

HCI 110, HCI 145, HCI 237, HCI 239, HCI 242

Contact your program director or your advisor for course sequencing recommendations.

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