Medical coders perform one of the most important tasks in the healthcare office.  Coders read and analyze medical charts, determine patient diagnoses and if procedures were performed, and then categorize the information according to a national classification system. The in-depth program includes instruction in medical office skills and HIPAA regulations.

This certificate is designed to prepare students to work with healthcare organizations providing treatment and services to patients, and teach students how to use the CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10 CM code books.  Basic coding involves selecting codes when the procedure is straightforward and clearly defined and when the diagnosis is known.  Instruction includes locating codes, selecting the most appropriate codes, and some billing issues.  This certificate also prepares students to take the CPC exam to become nationally-certified coders.  Students must pass all classes within this certificate with a C+.  The program content also provides the student with basic medical office skills including HIPAA regulations, health information management, and patient scheduling.  The certificate can prepare you to work with health insurance companies, hospitals and clinics to organize and maintain data, review patient records, track patient outcomes, and electronically record data all with great accuracy, which is key to optimal reimbursement. The certificate program allows students to transfer credits into the Interdisciplinary Studies Associates Degree program with Concentration in Medical Coding.

Health Considerations

The college must ensure that clients, patients, or medical information are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in office or clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize client/patient/medical information responsibilities or be removed from placement. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employers, clients/patients and their families. Students must successfully complete a drug screening prior to Advanced Coding class OTM227W which involves time at a clinical site.

Program available in Littleton.

Medical Coding Certificate

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
BIOL114WHuman Anatomy and Physiology l324
OTM117WMedical Terminology303
OTM225WE/M Coding and ICD-10303
OTM226WCoding with CPT303
 Semester Total12213
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
BIOL115WHuman Anatomy and Physiology ll324
OTM120WOffice Systems & Procedures404
OTM220WMedical Billing303
OTM227WAdvanced Coding404
 Semester Total14215
 Total credits for  Certificate  28

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully process medical insurance claims.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze all medical reports to properly identify all procedures and diagnoses.
  • Demonstrate accurate coding of procedures and diagnoses utilizing resources such as, CPT-4, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS.
  • Demonstrate coding skills by qualifying to take the Certificated Professional Coding exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
  • Use written and oral communication methods effectively to collect or send needed information.
  • Appreciate diversity, differing beliefs, value systems, and individual opinions.

Expected student outcomes include:

  1. Use the CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10 CM code books to select the appropriate codes.
  2. Have an understanding of basic billing issues.
  3. Differentiate between procedure codes and diagnosis codes.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of adequate medical terminology to select correct codes.
  5. Successfully code procedures and encounter forms presented in class.
  6. Perform basic administrative duties.

28 Credits Required


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