Health Information Management: Medical Coding, 1-yr Certificate

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to become coding specialists who review and analyze health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for distinct patient encounters. The coding specialist is responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by health care providers into coded form. The translation process requires interaction with the health care provider to ensure that the terms have been translated accurately.


54 credits (prerequisites: 12-13 credits)

Program Contacts


Estimated Cost for Program: $ 14,406

  • Resident Tuition: $ 7,513*
  • Technology Fees: $ 702
  • General Student Fees: $ 542**
  • Online Course Fee: $ 540 (if applicable)
  • Books / Course Materials: $ 3460 (Some courses use Open Educational Resources (OER), which are free or low-cost materials.)
  • Program Specific Fees: $ 149 (application fee, background check, drug/alcohol screening, American Data Bank-COMPLIO account)
  • Other Cost / Expenses: $ 1,500*** (if applicable for computer/internet)

Estimated Cost for Prerequisites: $ 1,961

  • Resident Tuition: $ 1,670*
  • Technology Fees: $ 156
  • General Student Fees: $ 136**
  • Online Course Fee: $ 0 (if applicable)

Costs provided are estimates only. Learn more and view current tuition and fee information at

*Resident tuition is based on all program requirements (general education, core, directed electives). Any prerequisites required prior to the entry of the program will be listed separately.

**General Student fees are paid once each term, depending on whether you are taking classes on Main Campus, or at one of the outreach centers or by distance learning.

***Any special info about program costs or expenses.

****This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

PLO 1 - Apply principles of healthcare privacy, confidentiality, legal, ethical issues, and data security (HIPAA regulatory standards)

PLO 2 - Demonstrate knowledge of abstracting health records and assigning standardized codes to diagnoses and procedures to accurately meet reporting needs and processing claims for insurance reimbursement

PLO 3 - Demonstrate the organization, analysis, and evaluation of health record content for completeness and accuracy

Admission Information

Students are admitted once per year in the Fall Term. Admission is restricted and is based on a program application. Please see the admissions and application information at

Program Requirements

Prerequisites Prior to Applying

Must be completed with a grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.

WR 115Introduction to College Composition


MTH 060Beginning Algebra



MTH 098Math Literacy


CIS 101Computer Fundamentals



CS 120Concepts of Computing: Information Processing


WR: See Footnote 1.

MTH: See Footnote 2.

Program Core Courses

Must be completed with a grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.

Students will not be able to complete all HIM courses* until officially accepted into the program; please contact the Program Coordinator or Academic Advisor for help with the program application.

HP 100Medical Terminology 1


HP 150Human Body Systems 1


HP 152Human Body Systems 2


HIM 107Integrated Electronic Health Records


HIM 120Introduction to Health Information Management


HIM 125Healthcare Data Analytics


HIM 154Introduction to Disease Processes


HIM 160Healthcare Insurance and Billing


HIM 183Introduction to Health Information Systems


HIM 222Reimbursement Methodologies


HIM 225Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management


HIM 270ICD-10 Coding


HIM 271ICD-10-PCS Coding


HIM 273CPT and HCPCS Coding


HIM 120: see Footnote 3.

HP 150/152: See Footnote 4.

*HIM courses not available until admitted to the program: HIM 222; HIM 270; HIM 271; HIM 273 

Cooperative Education

Must be completed with a grade of C or better. P/NP not accepted. 

COOP 206Co-op Ed: Internship Seminar


HIM 280Co-op Ed: Health Information Management


COOP 206: complete 2 credits

HIM 280: complete 3 credits


1 – WR 115W or higher writing is also accepted

2 – Any math above MTH 060 is also accepted (MTH 098 is recommended)

3 – HIM 120 meets the Human Relations requirement and cannot be substituted 

4 – Completion of BI 231, BI 232, and BI 233 with a letter grade of C or better is an acceptable equivalent for HP 150 and HP 152


  • This program is fully contained in the Health Information Management (online), AAS
  • HIM AAS: All courses must be completed within five years of the start of the academic year a student begins the AAS program.  
  • Medical Coding 1-Year Certificate: All courses must be completed within three years of the start of the academic year a student begins the certificate program.