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Medical Coding Certificate


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The medical coding certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students to function as medical coders, abstractors, and billers in health record services located in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, and governmental agencies. The coder/abstractor/biller is trained in the following functions normally performed by a health record service: analyzing and technically evaluating health records and reports; compiling, interpreting, and utilizing hospital and health care statistics; coding symptoms, diseases, and operations according to recognized classification systems; and abstracting and retrieving medical information. Students will be introduced to specialty coding and electronic billing requirements in an outpatient setting. All students must complete HINM-designated courses within the three years prior to graduation. HINM-designated courses not meeting this time requirement must be retaken, or the student must test out in current course content.

Program Outcomes

Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Show competency in compiling health records and coding medical data using different formats and coding systems.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge, clinical skills, and professional abilities appropriate for an HIM professional.
  • Demonstrate correct spelling, punctuation, and proficiency in communicating through the oral and written use of basic medical terminology.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans.  The program advising guide outlines the certificate requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Related careers include health data analyst, insurance claims specialist, records technician specialist, clinical coding specialist, physician practice manager, patient information coordinator, cancer registrar, HIM department supervisor, data quality manager, and HIM systems analyst. 

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MC's HIM Program is Accredited
The HIM associate's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Students successfully completing the Health Information Management Program are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Medical Coding Certificate Program and Health Information Management Program students are eligible to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).