Medical Coding Certificate

Earn Your Medical Coding Certificate in Three Semesters

The 19-credit hour Medical Coding Certificate is designed as an entry level program for students who want a career in health information technology. Harper’s Health information Technology (HIT) Program integrates biological sciences, medical coding and classification systems, health informatics, and health information management. This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • 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 (RHIT).

Space is limited for the Tuesday, January 14, 2020 program start.

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 advisors 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

Sample Course Schedule - Medical Coding Certificate

Your actual schedule may be different. Classes held at the main Palatine campus.

Timeframe Course # Credit Hours Course Name


Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.

Semester 1

BIO 135


Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology


HSC 112


Medical Terminology


BIO 136


Introduction to Human Disease


HSC 165


Basic Pharmacology

Semester 2

HIT 196


Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)


HIT 197


International Classification of Disease (ICD)

Semester 3

HIT 199


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.

Job Outlook and Wage Information

Next Steps

For more information about Harper's Fast Track Program, please call us at 847.925.6438, schedule an appointment or attend an info session.