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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Medical Coding, Certificate

Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admissions

Award: Certificate (code CRT.IHE.MED-CODE)

Total Credit Hours: 41-45 credit hours.

Purpose: To provide eligibility status to sit for the Certified Professional Coder Examination (CPC) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders or the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

Range of Occupations

Certified Coding Specialist and Certified Professional Coders work in physician’s office, managed care organizations, ambulatory care centers or hospitals. Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7318 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession, admission and academic requirements will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a program application by the application deadline..
  3. High school graduate or equivalency or associate degree or higher. Official transcripts required.
  4. 18 years of age or older prior to registering for the final program course, HIT 275 - Medical Coding Practicum .
  5. Eligibility for ENG 111 .
  6. Prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  7. Must have minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  8. Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the medical coding course sequence on a rolling admission basis. Students will apply for this program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Once the applicant’s admission criteria have been verified, that student receives conditional acceptance for the next available seat. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. Incomplete applications will be sent back to the student and can be resubmitted once they are complete. Students need only apply once to the program, providing their application is complete. A future seat will be slotted for them once the student meets the criteria for admission. To be considered for conditional acceptance, the applicant must meet the following criteria::

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the medical coding course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the medical coding department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a Health Examination Record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

All coding students must receive a minimum grade of C in each medical coding course. Students who receive a final grade below a C in any medical coding course will be awarded a grade of F in that course.

Graduation Requirements

Students apply to the Records and Registration office for the certificate after they have completed the requirements.


Total credit hours: 15

Program Requirements

Total credits: 41-45

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize technical, critical thinking and problem solving skills in their coding performance.
  • Practice their profession based on sound ethical values.
  • Promote and maintain cooperative and successful relationships between patients, physicians and other health care providers, and external and internal stakeholders.
  • Promote advocacy of the profession through affiliations with professional organizations, marketing of professional skills, and by becoming vital members of the health care delivery system.
  • Obtain eligibility to sit for certification examination.
  • Practice the profession of medical coding with the recognition of and sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic differences.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with patients and their families, colleagues, other health care providers, and the public.
  • Participate in continuing education and the development of new knowledge and skills.
  • Make a substantial contribution to the quality of health care in the United States and globally.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.