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2021 - 2022 Dallas College Catalog

2021 - 2022 Catalog
Program: Health Information Technology
Degree Plan: Health Information Technology 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.HIT.MED.CODER

The Medical Coder Certificate Program is a 32 credit-hour program that prepares students with the technical skills and knowledge needed for successful entry-level coding positions in a variety of health care settings. The program provides training in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, computers and health information systems, legal and ethical aspects of health information, and coding and reimbursement methodologies. The curriculum also provides a foundation for students to prepare and complete the coding certification exams offered by AHIMA and 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 2330 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.