Medical Coding, Continuing Education Certificate

This course series prepares students to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Professional Coder. Medical Coders typically work in large physician practices, hospitals or coding companies. They must use federal diagnostic (ICD) and procedure (CPT) codes to express medical services provided. This coding of services provides the basis for billing and collection of money for services. Accurate medical coding is essential to the delivery of quality health care and efficient health care administration.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Certifying Organization: American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Exam cost: $425

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Baltimore County College Promise
Maryland Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Maryland Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (

Program Length

12-15 months

Coding courses begin in January at CCBC Randallstown, in May at CCBC Essex, and online in August.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. All students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  Then, send an email to to learn about upcoming course options. 

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.​

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, or successful completion of a CCBC placement or challenge exam.  A maximum of 120 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)**


AHE 534


AHE 124

Medical Terminology for Health Occupations


Medical Terminology Online





Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology, Third Edition​ Price is approximately $87.95​

AHE 519



AHE 672

Anatomy and Physiology


Anatomy and Physiology Online






The Human Body in Health & Disease, 7th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-323-402118 $74.60

Prerequisite Totals:





Course Series:

AHL 904




AHL 829


Medical Coding I




Medical Coding I Online





1) Current Year ICD-10-CM For Physicians Professional Ed, Buck,  ISBN 0323279767, Publisher Saunders, $106.00;


2) Current Year CPT Professional Ed, American Med Assoc, ISBN 1622022041,Copyright 15,Publisher AMA, $116.95;

3) Current Year HCPCS Level II Expert,Optum/Insight, ISBN 1601519133, Publisher Optum, $83.95;

4) Current Year Step By Step Medical Coding  Pkg. Txt & Wkbk, Buck, ISBN 0323393829, Elsevier, Kit/Set/Package, $146.95 aprox.

AHL 905



AHL 830

Medical Coding II



Medical Coding II Online





Same as Medical Coding I

Course Series Totals:





Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:





Additional Information

Course Substitutions:
Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with:  OFAD 141 or ALHL 115 or AHL 717 or AHE 124
Anatomy and Physiology AHE 519 can be substituted with:  AHL 672 or AHE 715 or BIOL 109 or BIOL 220 and BIOL 221

Additional Expenses:
AAPC Practice Exam: $99.95
AAPC Membership: $170.00
AAPC Certification Exam: $425.00

Skills for Success:
The duties of a Medical Coder require the ability to sit for long hours and focus on the task at hand. Their duties also require them to have:

  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Self-motivation and self-direction
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with limited human interaction
  • Analytical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent visual acuity

Career Opportunities:
Coders can work in hospitals, doctor offices, billing agencies, clinics, temp agencies, insurance companies, accountant offices, legal firms, state agencies, and be self-employed. 

Students who complete the program and receive their national certification can receive credits toward an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health through the School of Health Professions.

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Program Contact Information

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Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC's Medical Coding Training Series

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Medical Coding Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position in a medical facility as a Medical Coder.  The duties of a Medical Coder require the ability to sit for long hours and focus on the task at hand. 

Their duties also require them to have:

  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Self-motivation and self-direction
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with limited human interaction
  • Analytical problem solving skills
  • Excellent visual acuity

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:

A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Lift or otherwise maneuver papers/folders/books/charts up to 30 pounds
  • Stand or sit in one area for long periods of time
  • Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements

B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:

  • Perform basic keyboarding functions

C. Adequate vision to:

  • Read and understand displays on computers/laptops/tablets
  • Read and understand forms and communications from outside entities
  • Read and understand small print

D. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand language in person and over the telephone, perhaps under noisy conditions

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

A. Have the ability to:

  • Work in a professional manner under sometimes extremely stressful situations
  • Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  • Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, regulations and laws
  • Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession, including attending departmental in-service training
  • Willingness to precept (train) others

B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to all team members

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand
  • Work calmly and efficiently in a fast-paced, stressful environment
  • Maintain calm during emergency situations 
  • Accept feedback from others