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About the Program

About Our Online Medical Coding Certificate Program

Our program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to succeed as professional entry-level coders in a variety of healthcare settings.  Upon completion of the program, students are qualified and prepared to take the Certified Coding Associate certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and/or the Certified Professional Coder examination offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

This online certificate program was developed by leading industry professionals with numerous years of real-world experience both within and outside of the classroom setting.  The program content consists of multi-media presentations, reading assignments, self-assessments, quizzes, graded assignments, case studies, and other resources to augment the learning process. 

Students must score at least 70% on all graded assignments, quizzes, tests, and final examinations.  The program culminates with a capstone course that offers students the ability to practice coding in a simulated environment and review and prepare for the coding certification examinations offered by AHIMA and AAPC.

Prerequisite Knowledge - Anatomy and Physiology

Prior to beginning the first module, students must provide official proof that a Human Anatomy and Physiology course (that covers the structure and function of all body systems) was satisfactorily completed. No lab is required.  If the student has not completed a Human Anatomy and Physiology course prior to beginning the first module, MCC001 - Anatomy and Physiology can be taken as a co-requisite.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students are eligible to receive credit from knowledge gained in previous high school/college courses or professional work experiences. Students must present verifiable evidence of learning through proper documentation and a narrative that explains the rationale for the credit for prior learning. Evidence may include, but not be limited to, job description, description of the work environment, verification of knowledge, skills, and abilities by a supervisor on the company’s letterhead, and/or other appropriate forms of documentation verifying learning.

Documentation must be provided one week prior to beginning the first module. This evidence should be emailed to Full payment for the module is expected.

Required Textbooks

Textbooks are not included in the program tuition fees and must be ordered separately.  It is strongly recommended that you purchase all textbooks from the publisher.  Please see the textbook list for publisher links to order textbooks.  The publishers AHIMA, Elsevier, and Pearson have a wealth of student information and resources to aid and complement the learning process.  Student should order required books two weeks before beginning each module.

Module/Class Length

The program content is divided into 3 modules with each module consisting of individual courses.  The module format allows students the flexibility to complete the program to suit their individual needs.  Students are enrolled in one module at a time and have up to 15 weeks to complete each module before advancing to the next module.  Students also have the option to register for an individual course and take up to 15 weeks for course completion. 

Please note that all courses/modules are self-paced.  Some students may complete courses/modules in less than 15 weeks while others may take slightly longer than 15 weeks to complete a course/module.

Grades and Coursework

Students must complete all assignments and score at least 70% on all graded coursework before advancing to the next course/module.  


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