Medical Coder Certificate Program

The Medical Coder Certificate Program is a college credit certificate program consisting of 32 credit hours.

  • Upon program completion, students will have the entry level skills needed for the health information management industry as a medical coder in a variety of health care settings.
  • Successful completion of this Medical Coder certificate program provides a foundation for students to prepare and take the following certification exams:
    • Certified Professional Coder, CPC, exam administered by AAPC
    • Certified Coding Associate, CCA, exam administered by AHIMA
    • Certified Coding Specialist, CCS, exam administered by AHIMA


PrefixNumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POFI1301Computer Applications 13
MDCA1313Medical Terminology3
MDCA1409Anatomy & Physiology4

Semester I

PrefixNumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HITT1301Health Data Content & Structure3
HITT2330Pathophysiology & Pharmacology3
HITT1341Coding & Classification Systems3

Semester II

PrefixNumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HITT1311Health Information Systems3
HITT1253Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management2
HITT1342Ambulatory Coding3

Semester III

PrefixNumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HITT2335Coding & Reimbursement Methodologies3
HITT2246Advanced Medical Coding*2
Program Total32

*HITT 2246 Advanced Medical Coding is the capstone course for this program.

Estimated Expenses

  • The tuition is charged according to the number of credit hours for which a student enrolls and location of legal residency.
  • Tuition includes textbook costs through the IncludEd Program. These and other fees stated are subject to change.
  • A Tuition Payment Plan option is available through the Dallas College Business Office.

Tuition and Learning Materials

Dallas County Resident = $79 per credit hour

Out-of-County Resident = $135 per credit hour

Out-of-State/ International Resident = $200 per credit hour

Prerequisites, Semesters I, II & IIIDallas County ResidentOut-of-County ResidentOut-of-State/ International
Tuition/ Learning Materials (32 credit hours x per credit hour) Estimated Cost$2,528$4,320$6,400

Financial Aid: Determine financial needs. See financial aid counselor for questions, if needed. Apply early for the next semester! Early application assures availability of funds, if qualified, and allows the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to prepare a realistic financial aid package.

Financial aid information may be obtained by visiting the Financial Aid page of the Dallas College catalog. Additionally, email questions to Following application submittal, allow an 8-to-10-week period for processing.

NOTE: Program guidelines are subject to change. Students are advised to obtain the latest program information packet by visiting the Dallas College program website or contacting the program coordinator and/or advisor.

Mission Statement

Our Mission as the Dallas College Medical Coder Certificate Program in the School of Health Sciences is to provide a high-quality education and skills in a respectful and inclusive environment that builds a foundation for a successful career in Medical Coding.

Program Objectives

  1. Equip students with the sound knowledge of accurately assigning ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT and HCPCS codes for diagnoses, procedures, and services according to coding guidelines.
  2. Prepare students for successful completion of the Certified Coding Associate (CCA), certification exam administered by American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and establish a solid foundation in preparation for other coding certification exams.
  3. Instill the proficient application of coding guidelines, coding software and other medical coding resources that will contribute to successful placement as an entry-level medical coder.
  4. Develop students into medical coders with the ability to effectively communicate, establish relationships and be active contributors to the Health Information Management industry.

The Medical Coder certificate program is conducted by the Dallas College School of Health Sciences as a contribution to the health education needs of the community it serves.