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Medical Coding (certificate)

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Special Admission Requirements - Rolling Admission

Title of Certificate: Medical Coding, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 41-45 

Learn more about the Medical Coding Certificate program

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 physicians’ offices, managed care organizations, ambulatory care centers or hospitals. 

Additional Program 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.

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

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession, admission and academic requirements will be discussed.
  2. Submit a program application to Florestano 100.
  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. Foreign educated students: must have college transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  9. Foreign educated students: must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112  or ENG 115 /ENG 116  or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of “C” or better prior to applying to the program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the medical coding course sequence on a rolling admission basis. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students will apply for the Medical Coding 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, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.
  • Information and deadline for completion will be sent in applicant’s conditional acceptance packet. These are not to be completed prior to acceptance notification.

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.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115 .  See Academic Regulations for all Graduation 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.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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