Certificate in Billing and Coding



(24 hrs. min.)                          CIP:

School of Sciences, Health, Engineering, & Math (505-428-1837)

Medical Billers and Coders are professionals skilled in classifying patient medical records.  They transform verbal and written descriptions of disease, supplies, and procedures into alpha-numeric designations. Accuracy is extremely important to medical practices and hospital facilities because of its impact on revenues.  Medical Billers and Coders are involved with reimbursement of health care insurance claims, maintenance of accurate statistics, and research.  Both ambulatory and inpatient hospital facilities employ these professionals.

The Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding prepares students to take the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam and/or the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. These credentials (CCA and CPC) are entry-level credentials for students seeking employment in the field of medical billing and coding. Courses are sequenced to build skill level.


  • Taken the Accuplacer exams (English 109 and Math 101) if applicable for biology prerequisite
  • Completed all prerequisite courses with a C or higher
  • Submitted a completed Medical Billing and Coding Program application


Learning Outcomes


Upon competition of this program, students will be able to:

  • Interpret and apply diagnostic information from source documents/health records to coding and billing tasks using the most current International Classification of Disease (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) references.
  • Demonstrate adherence to compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrate basic billing skills required of entry level coders and billers.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and a thorough understanding of medical terminology.

Class Requirements


HLCR 113              Medical Terminology (3)

BIOL 136               Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology (3)

BIOL 136L             Non-Majors Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1)

OFTC 111             Business Software Essentials I (4)



HITP 120               Introduction to Health Information Technology (3)

HLCR 130              Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3)

HITP 160               Pharmacology & Laboratory Procedures (3)

HITP 170               Physician Coding (CPT-4) (3)

HITP 202               Coding Classification Systems I (4)

HITP 212               Coding Classification Systems II (3)

HITP 230               Reimbursement Methodologies (3)

HITP 266               Professional Practice Experience Coding (1)

HITP 272               Coding Seminar (1)

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