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Coding Specialist Certificate Program

Her MCC instructors wanted her to succeed. Now she’s a certified medical coder

Her MCC instructors wanted her to succeed. Now she’s a certified medical coder

Lauren Gordon graduated from Metropolitan Community College in May with a coding specialist certificate, and she credits her thorough education with helping her secure a great job before graduation. Read more.

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute

Program Coordinator:
Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT, 816.604.4245

Application deadline: September 1 for January Start

The Health Science Institute (HSI) was designed to centralize the health career programs in one building that mimics both healthcare and real life settings, incorporates instructional methodologies such as; interdisciplinary simulated learning using state-of-the-art equipment and cloud base lecture capture which allows student access to learning materials 24/7.  The combined elements of this model fosters student fellowship, life-long learning and supports student success. The health career programs are affordable, accredited and yield a good return on the student’s investment through gainful employment and high wage salaries.


Courses in the Program(s) ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding, ICD-10-PCS procedural coding, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, medical billing, and a virtual coding practicum course.  The well-rounded curriculum will prepare the graduate for the workforce toward a successful new career path in diverse healthcare settings to include but not limited to hospitals, physician offices, behavioral health facilities, skilled-nursing facilities, home health organizations, hospice care, health plan payers, and research organizations.

Personal Qualities

Coding professionals are employed in diverse healthcare settings such as physician practices, clinics, outpatient facilities, and hospitals. Having a coding credential indicates knowledge in medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, and practice management.

Essential Functions

Manual Dexterity, fine motor control, attention to detail, auditory acuity


Professional Certification/Licensure

There are prerequisites required for the Program that must be completed for consideration for acceptance. The Coding Specialist Certificate Program is a one-year certificate Program where upon graduation the student is eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exam offered by AAPC. Some courses taught in the Coding Specialist Certificate Program can be applied toward the Health Information Management Program should the student desire to continue their education endeavors toward a college degree. 

Program Admission

There is an application process for acceptance to the Program beyond the standard MCC admissions application. There are prerequisites required for the Program that must be completed for consideration for acceptance. This is a two semester Program offering late afternoon/early evening, online and hybrid classes that begins in January. The Program accepts approximately 15 students per class. Understand that the courses are offered as hybrid meaning that classes does not meet every week in the 16 week semester.


  1. Complete all required prerequisite courses to include; HIM 100 Medical Terminology, HLSC 108 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions or BIOL 109 Human Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 110 Human Anatomy and BIOL 210 Human Physiology and HLSC100 Introduction to Health Professions only if you are not transferring in 12 or more college credits.
  2. Download the program application packet; Coding Application/Admission Packet and follow the directions carefully.  Be sure to note all of the program requirements.
  3. If applicable, apply for financial aid.  The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.

Program Application Deadline

Spring: September 1

Program Acceptance

For consideration for the Fall start date, the student will be contacted in May advising the student if they were accepted into the Program. For consideration for the Spring start date, the student will be contacted in December advising the student is they were accepted into the Program. If the student is still in the process of obtaining their prerequisite courses, DO apply by the application deadlines. The acceptance letter will be sent once the final grades for the prerequisite courses are posted. Students accepted into the Program will work directly with the Program Coordinator to determine next steps. Students not accepted into the Program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute ( to determine next steps.

Last Modified: 2/21/20