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2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Medical Front Office
Degree Plan: Medical Front Office Medical Coder Certificate

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit:

(Level 1 Certificate)

Brookhaven campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.MEDOFC.CODER.19

The Medical Coder Certificate is a 32-credit hour award that provides training in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, legal and ethical standards in health care as well coding and insurance procedures.

  • Upon award completion, students will have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare market as an entry-level medical coder/biller in a variety of health care settings.
  • The curriculum provides a foundation for students to prepare and complete the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFI 1301 Computer Applications 1 3
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
MDCA 1409 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants 4
Prerequisite Total 10
Course Course Title Credit Hours
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
HITT 2371 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
HITT 1253 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 2
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
Semester Total 8
Course Course Title Credit Hours
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 2246 Advanced Medical Coding 2
Semester Total 5
Minimum Hours Required 32

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.