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Medical Coding Specialist


Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 510713
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Medical Coding Specialist three-term certificate program prepares students for work in entry-level coding positions in outpatient healthcare settings. For the rapidly expanding field, students will focus on developing an understanding of the concepts of the billing cycle, the language of medicine, and the ability to apply both to professional coding standards. Instruction concentrates on the areas of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, medical finance, and coding. Coders are required to extract medical documentation from patients’ charts and correlate the diagnosis and procedures performed into numerical code numbers. Students completing this program will be prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam through the AAPC or the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), although certification is not an employment requirement at this time.

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Entry Requirements

Medical Coding Specialist is a cohort-based program. Enrollment is limited. Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements (MTH20, RD30, and WR30 or designated placement scores) before starting the program. Please visit for program application details.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to students admitted to the program during the 2016-17 academic year. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
WR30 Fundamentals of Composition II or designated placement test score 0-4
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title
First Term    
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI100SB Biology of Human Systems 3
BT113 Business English I or WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or higher level composition 3-4
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency

Note: Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
Second Term
AH105 Communication and Professional Behavior 2
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
AH130 Concepts in Medical Insurance and Billing 4
HCI210 Legal Aspects of Medical Records 3
Third Term
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
AH140 Basic CPT Coding 4
AH141 Basic Coding in ICD-10-CM 4
  Approved program elective(s) 0-4
  Total Program Credits 34-43
Approved Program Electives (0-4 credits allowed; additional prerequisites may apply)  
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CG155 Exploring Careers in Health Care 3
CS125ss Spreadsheet Applications 4
SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 4
SP100 Basic Communication 3
SPAN101, SPAN102, SPAN103 First Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
WR185 Understanding English Grammar 2
For more information regarding the program and selection process, contact the Allied Health Occupations Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7845
Toll free in Oregon: 800-460-6766, Ext. 7845
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