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Medical Coding Certificate

Pursue many careers including working in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical insurance companies, government agencies, and coding service offices.

Program Overview

Medical Coders play an important role in reimbursement and compliance in the health care system. They rely on their knowledge of disease processes and consult classification manuals to accurately assign codes to medical diagnoses, procedures and services for which the health care providers will be reimbursed. If you are detail oriented, have strong computer skills, and are seeking a career in health care that does not involve working directly with the patients, the Certificate in Medical Coding may be for you.

The Certificate in Medical Coding has been designed for entry-level positions. Courses include medical terminology and human biology in addition to coding-specific courses. Upon completion of the program, graduates can work at a variety of health care settings with flexible hours and a challenging workload.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths. Medical coders work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical insurance companies, government agencies, and coding service offices. Job opportunities are very good and are expected to grow.

Program Requirements

Students who attend the Medical Coding program through iHealth@NECC will complete most of their course work online and come to our Lawrence Campus one day each week for in-class meetings and laboratory sessions. Students should be aware that the Medical Coding Practicum will require additional time commitment in a health care facility.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses in order to graduate. A minimum of 28 credit hours are required for graduation.

Drug screening

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.


Students interested in participating in this program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check, and a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/SORI/CHRI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support

Medical Coding Certificate Required Courses
Course # Course Name Credits Comments
BIO101 Human Biology 3 Prerequisite BIO121 with a C or Better
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
HES115 Medical Terminology 3  
HES207 Clinical Pathophysiology 3 Prerequisite BIO101, CIS110 and HES115
MRT117* Basic Diagnostic Coding Systems 3 Prerequisite
MRT118 Procedure Coding Systems (CPT) 3 Prerequisite
MRT217 Intermediate Diagnostic Coding 3 Prerequisite
MRT218 Intermediate Procedural Coding 3 Prerequisite
MRT204 Reimbursement, Compliance & Coding Issues 3 Prerequisite, Spring Semester Only
MRT293 Coding & Classification Practicum 1 Prerequisite

*Note: CIS110 Computer Applications must be taken before MRT117

Comments: 60 Practicum hours required

Program Notes

Recommended Course Sequence
Medical Coding Certificate
  Semester Courses
Year 1 Summer BIO101, HES115
Fall ENG101, HES207, MRT117, MRT118
Spring MTR204, MRT217, MRT218, MRT293

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