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Medical Coding

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Program Description

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 Outcomes

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) www.aacp.com Exam cost: $350

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

12-18 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

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

HIPAA Training REQUIRES 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.


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








A Short Course In Medical Terminology-3rd Edition   Author: C. Edward Collins.  Publisher: Lippencott     ISBN: 978-1-4511-7606-3   Price $67.75

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:


AHC 360



AHL 719

HIPAA Training



HIPAA Training Online












Handouts online


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, $105.00;


2) Current Year CPT Professional Ed, American Med Assoc, ISBN 1622022041,Copyright 15,Publisher AMA, $118.00;

3) Current Year HCPCS Level II Expert,Optum/Insight, ISBN 1601519133, Publisher Optum, $99.95;

4) Current Year Step By Step Medical Coding  Pkg. Txt & Wkbk, Buck, ISBN 0323393829, Elsevier, Kit/Set/Package, $139.15

AHL 905



AHL 830

Medical Coding II



Medical Coding II Online








Same as Medical Coding I






Course Series Totals:


$1369 - $1434


Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:


$2027 - $2128



Additional Information

Course Substitutions:

Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with:  OFAD 141 or ALHL 115 or AHL 717

Anatomy and Physiology AHE 519 can be substituted with:  AHL 672 or AHE 715 or BIOL 109 or BIOL 220 and BIOL 221


HIPAA AHC 360 can be substituted with:  AHL 7193


Additional Expenses:

AAPC Practice Exam: $99

AAPC Membership: $80

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:

Ruth Burke



Essex, HTEC 013

Program Support:

Claire Loeblein



Essex, HTEC 005

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:

  1. 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


  1. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:
  • Perform basic keyboarding functions


  1. 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


  1. Sufficient hearing to:
  • Hear and understand language in person and over the telephone, perhaps under noisy conditions


Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

  1. 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


  1. 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

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