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Metropolitan Community College Health Information Management and Coding Program

Coding Specialist Certificate Program

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute (HSI)
Program Coordinator: Patricia Elliott, M.Ed, RHIT, 816.604.4245
Application Deadline: November 1st for January Start


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.

Student Success: Lauren Gordon

Lauren Gordon, MCC Graduate in Coding Specialist CertificateLauren Gordon graduated from MCC in May with a coding specialist certificate and credits her thorough education to securing a great job before graduation.

Gordon had worked as a waitress and aspired to have a career in the medical field. She enrolled at MCC-Penn Valley in January 2018, attended classes in the evening and took a few online classes throughout the program. “I chose MCC because it’s affordable, has locations throughout the city that were convenient for me and the online classes accommodated my busy schedule,” Gordon said.

The Coding Certificate Program prepares students for the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. In the program, students not only learn how to properly assign diagnosis codes and procedure codes for both inpatients and outpatients, they also learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and medical billing.

Attending MCC was a positive experience for her, especially with instructors like Matthew Patterson who not only prepared students for the CPC exam but also worked with students to make sure they were well-trained for a career in medical coding. “The teachers are always willing to work with you and make sure that you fully understand the subject matter, “Gordon said. “They prepare you for real-life work situations and really want you to succeed.”

Patterson said, “Lauren entered the program with some medical office experience. Even before Gordon passed her CPC exam, she was able to take the information she learned in class and apply it to her job. Many times, this resolved outstanding billing issues the resulted in the medical office being reimbursed."

With her education from MCC and a Certified Professional Coder certificate in hand, Gordon has hit the ground running and is now enjoying her new career at Wound Care Plus in Lee’s Summit.

Congratulations to Lauren Gordon!


Personal Qualities and Essential Functions

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 include manual dexterity, fine motor control, attention to detail, auditory acuity

Certificate Offered

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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 early evening, virtual, and online classes that begin in January. The Program accepts approximately 15 students per class.

Steps to Apply:

  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 Acceptance

For consideration for the Spring start date, the student will be contacted in December advising the student if 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.