Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding Certificate

Health Information Technology

Earn Your Certificate in Three Semesters

This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Harper’s Health information Technology (HIT) program integrates biological sciences, medical coding and classification systems, health informatics, and health information management.

Medical Coding Certificate

The 19-credit hour Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding Certificate is designed as an entry level program for students who want a career in health information technology. 

  • The certificate program will appeal to individuals employed in a variety of health care roles who wish to develop specialized medical coding skills. The program also is for those new to health care who want to take the first steps in a career path in HIT.
  • Courses apply toward the accredited Associate's degree for those who wish to extend their education and qualify for the Registered Health Information Technician (HIT).

Industry Certification

Upon completion of the HIT Medical Coding Certificate program, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. This national exam, offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The CCA credential reflects an individual’s medical coding competency across all health care settings, including hospitals and physician practices.  

Fast Track HIT Medical Coding Certificate students have the additional benefit of a complimentary, focused CCA Exam Review course. The non-credit course includes supplemental study aids and CCA mock exams and serves as a valuable supplement to a candidate's overall exam preparation plan. Students pay only for course materials and not for course tuition.

Benefits of This Fast Track Certificate

  • Enjoy two-night-a-week classes and a consistent schedule that maps your path to a HIT Medical Coding Certificate.
  • Get support from academic counselors throughout the program.
  • Interact and share experiences with fellow students as part of a cohort.
  • Learn from established industry professionals with HIT expertise. 

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze clinical documentation for coding, billing, reporting and regulatory compliance
  • Clarify missing or conflicting documentation through physician query
  • Perform accurate and ethical coding for all health care settings
  • Utilize encoding and grouping software
  • Validate the accuracy of diagnostic/procedural codes and groupings
  • Reconcile coding/billing edits
  • Evaluate and respond to claim denials
  • Ensure patient confidentiality and comply with privacy and security safeguards

Space is limited for the Tuesday, August 20, 2019 program start.

HIT Medical Coding Certificate

Program Courses

Classes held at the main Palatine campus.

Your actual schedule may be different.
Orientation Session Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.
Semester 1 Course Credits Course Name
  BIO 135 4 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  HSC 112 2 Medical Terminology
  BIO 136 3 Introduction to Human Disease
  HSC 165 1 Basic Pharmacology
Semester 2 Course Credits Course Name
  HIT 196 3 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  HIT 197        3 International Classification of Disease (ICD)
Semester 3 Course Credits Course Name
  HIT 199 3 Health Care Reimbursement
  Exam Review Review and Preparation for Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam
19 credits: Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding Certificate earned.

A grade of C or better in all courses, excluding the CCA Exam Review, is required for all students to earn the certificate.

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Next Steps

To learn more about Harper's Fast Track Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding Certificate, call us at 847.925.6438.