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2018-2019 Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Certificate

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The Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. 

Purpose: This certificate program is designed for the student interested in specializing in a career in medical insurance coding and billing. Curriculum is structured to provide the student with lecture as well as competency-­based training in medical procedural coding and diagnosis coding as well as third party reimbursement procedures. Medical coding and reimbursement certificate students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all program courses. Students may be required to repeat MAP and/or PLB courses, based upon the time sequence when these program courses were completed. Successful graduates are prepared to pursue positions in medical billing offices, medical collection agencies, and insurance companies. Successful graduates are also eligible to sit for national certification exams as a professional coder and reimbursement specialist*

Curriculum: The curriculum is divided into areas of study consisting of lecture and laboratory. Content areas of the curriculum include human anatomy, information technology, medical terminology, medical office management and billing, medical records analysis and coding.

Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Certificate Program in Medical Coding and Reimbursement will be able to: 

  1. Competently perform routine reimbursement and coding procedures.
  2. Exhibit professionalism in all communications and encounters with patients and the health care team.
  3. Make critical decisions related to reimbursement and coding.
  4. Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the profession.

Admission Requirements: Admission to HCC does not guarantee admission to the Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist program. The requirements below must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management before the first day of class.

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  2. College placement tests in mathematics, English and reading.
  3. Completion of MAT 099 and ENG 100, or satisfactory results on placement tests.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Foreign education students must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). 

Fact Sheet: 

Certificate Requirement (26 Credits)

Additional Program Requirements

Criminal Background Checks

All students who are offered admission to the Medical Assistant program will be required to submit to fingerprinting and a complete criminal background check.  Based on the results of the fingerprinting and complete criminal background check, students may be ineligible for enrollment in the program.

Technical Standards

There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.


* In order to sit for the national certification exams as a professional coder and reimbursement specialist, graduates must have proof of High School diploma or G.E.D.

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