This program prepares you to analyze medical records and abstract data for the purpose of billing and insurance reimbursement. Medical coders learn to transform narrative descriptions of procedures and diagnosis into numerical billing format. Graduates possess the skills necessary for employment in doctors’ offices, clinics, outpatient hospitals, insurance companies, and medical billing agencies.

You will begin the online program with an anatomy and physiology course, as well as medical terminology and a course in pathophysiology. Your coding education begins with an introduction to medical procedure coding and an overview of reimbursement methodologies.

The diagnosis coding training is studied next and continues, along with procedure coding training, through the rest of the program. The final course assists you in preparing for your certification exam and your coding career.


What qualities should a Medical Coding Career Certificate student have?

A medical Coding certificate student should be service-oriented and possess an investigative mind. Attention to detail is an advantage for coding students. An understanding of ethics is a key quality.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the Medical Coding Career Certificate program?

Medical Coding certificate students begin their education with a foundation of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and pathophysiology. They learn how to translate medical documentation into diagnostic and procedural codes, and how to apply the codes through their study of reimbursement methodologies.

What is the most important or unique thing about Sullivan’s Medical Coding Career Certificate program?

Sullivan’s Medical Coding certificate program is distinguished by its adoption of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) education standards and its efforts to promote primary source information for the students’ experiences.

Medical Coding Career Certificate Course Requirements

41 Credit Hours
Length: 9 months (online program only)
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
Total Credit Hours41
BIO 103Human Anatomy and Physiology6
HIM 101Medical Terminology I4
HIM 110Pathophysiology with Pharmacology I4
HIM 130CPT Coding I4
HIM 141ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding I4
HIM 150Healthcare Reimbursement4
HIM 230CPT Coding II5
HIM 241ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding II5
HIM 270ICD-10-PCS Coding5
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