SPC's Medical Coder Certificate leads to industry certification

Help keep medical practices on track by ensuring data quality, accuracy and accessibility. SPC's Medical Coder Certificate provides training in the clinical classification systems International Classification of Disease (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

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Features of SPC's Medical Coder Certificate

  • Prepares you for quick entry into a career
  • Affordable tuition
  • Covers physician coding and medical billing concepts
  • Courses follow the guidelines set forth for Medical Coder certification programs published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Gives you hands-on experience through professional practice courses held in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation, psychiatric or assisted living facilities
  • Offered completely online

What You Will Learn in SPC's Medical Coder Certificate

  • How to transform medical diagnoses, procedures and injuries into designated numerical codes
  • Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical disease processes

Medical Coder Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Kengia Sabree
Academic Chair

Program Summary

The Medical Coder Certificate is designed to provide a student with the skills necessary to transform medical diagnoses, procedures and injuries into designated numerical codes. There are many demands for accurately coded data from the medical records in hospitals, physician offices, as well as other healthcare institutions. Codes are provided on claim forms and on numerous medical record abstracts so third party payors and outside agencies may utilize this information. Coded data are also used internally by institutions for quality assurance activities, case-mix management and other administrative and research activities. A medical coder is an individual who analyzes medical records and assigns codes to classify diagnoses and procedures to support the reimbursement system, to support assessment of clinical care and to support medical research activity.

A medical record coder must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as clinical knowledge including extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical disease process.

A coder must adhere to ethical principles relating to quality, truth, and accuracy in work performance and productivity. The suggested courses are in agreement with guidelines set forth by the American Health Information Management Association.

These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Health Information Management.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0351070714: Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.

Federal CIP Code

51.0707: Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Coding Abstracting Analyst
  • Inpatient Hospital Coder
  • Insurance Claim Analyst
  • Managed Care Organization Coder
  • Outpatient Coder
  • Physician's Office/Clinic Coder
  • Procedural Coder
  • Reimbursement Specialist

Admission Rules

Please review the Medical Coder Certificate Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Medical Coder Certificate program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

Before entering the first term of the Medical Coder "program courses," students must complete 9 credits which must include CGS 1100, HSC 1531, and BSC 1084 or (BSC 2085/2085L and BSC 2086/2086L) from the Support Courses listed below. These courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

Graduation Rules

In order to enroll in any program course with a prerequisite, a grade of "C" or better must have been earned in all prerequisite courses. Students must earn grades of "C" or better in all courses required for the Medical Coder CT curriculum in order to graduate from the program.

New graduates from the Medical Coder Certificate program are advised to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination and gain coding experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings before taking the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination and/or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) examination administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Support Courses

CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology I 2
* BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4

1st Term in Program

HIM 1101 HIM Standards and Practice 3
HIM 2223 Introduction to Coding and Reimbursement Systems 2
HIM 1140 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for HIM Professionals 3
HIM 2229 Introduction to ICD-CM Coding 3
HIM 2652 Electronic Health/Medical Record Systems 2

2nd Term in Program

HIM 1800 Professional Practice Experience I 3
HIM 2253 Basic CPT Coding 3
HIM 2012 Health Law Concepts and Practices 2
HIM 2723 ICD-PCS Coding 3

3rd Term in Program

HIM 2960 Credentialing Exam Review 1
HIM 2810 Professional Practice Experience II 3

* BSC 2085/BSC 2085L and BSC 2086/BSC 2086L together can fulfill the BSC 1084C course requirement.

Total Credits 37

Industry Certifications

continue your education at SPC

Our Medical Coder Certificate transfers to our Associate in Science Degree in Health Information Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to SPC's bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.


We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Medical Coder Certificate

Program Admissions

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