Medical Coding Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The Medical Coding Certificate

  • Is designed around the national American Academy of Professional Coder's (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) curriculum.
  • Covers Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM) coding.
  • Teaches reviewing and assigning the correct procedure and diagnosis codes for professional (physician) services.

You can use this to:

  • Prepare for a career in a medical billing department at a physician's office, clinic, or similar positions.

Potential employers recognize that the CPC credential equates with proven mastery of all code sets (CPT®, ICD-10-CM, HCPCS), evaluation and management (E/M) principles, surgical coding, and adherence to documentation and coding guidelines.

What will I learn?

  • To utilize software in the completion of Health Information Management (HIM) processes for billing, data collection, and data reporting.
  • To evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic and procedural billing.
  • To apply policies and procedures to the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement.
  • To analyze current regulations and established guidelines in billing systems.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.


Complete all of the following courses

Medical Assisting Core Courses


Required Courses

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 22.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

22.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,012 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,320* for books and supplies

Total cost $2,332 for 2 semesters


22.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $8,250 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,320* for books and supplies

Total cost $9,570 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.