Maricopa Emergency Management System Alert

Effective August 12, 2021: All Phoenix College employees, students, and visitors are required to wear masks while inside on campus. If you are not feeling well, please do not come to campus. Student services are available remotely, online, and in person. Maricopa Coronavirus Website  |  Need Help?  | Remote Services & Support  | Library

Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level medical billing and coding positions in ambulatory care treatment centers such as clinics, physician practices, managed care organizations, private billing services, and insurance companies.


Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based (CER)
Total Credits Required

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Students must be willing to undergo a background check performed by the MCCCD approved vendor. (Students who are unsure of their background status may take a preliminary background check at their own expense before entering the program, results of which will not be sent to the college.)

The following courses must be completed within five (5) years of the Required Course(s) for which they are Prerequisite requirements: BIO201, BIO202, BPC110, HCC145, HCC164, HCC204, and HIM200.

Phoenix College offers a credit-based certificate.


GateWay Community College offers a clock-based certificate in Medical Billing and Coding
What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and cultural competency skills according to ambulatory care professional practice standards. (HCC130, HIM181, HIM208, HIM213, HIM215, HIM216)
  • Apply critical thinking skills to decision-making processes in accordance with ambulatory care standards and best practices. (HCC130, HIM180, HIM181, HIM208, HIM213, HIM215, HIM216)
  • Apply legal and ethical concepts and principles applicable to ambulatory care setting regulations and guidelines. (HCC130, HIM181, HIM208, HIM213, HIM215, HIM216)
  • Use health information technologies commonly used in ambulatory care settings. (BPC110, HIM105, HIM181, HIM211, HIM213, HIM215, HIM216)
  • Apply anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology concepts in the ambulatory care coding function. (BIO156, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, HCC145, HIM181, HIM200, HIM208, HIM213, HIM215, HIM216)
  • Apply clinical nomenclatures, vocabularies, classification systems, and revenue cycle management. (HCC145, HIM180, HIM181, HIM208, HIM213, HIM215, HIM216)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications3
HCC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery3
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professions3
HIM105Computers in Healthcare and Health Record Systems2
HIM180Introduction to Medical Billing and Reimbursement2
HIM181Medical Claims Processing3
HIM200Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Health Information Management (HIM) Professionals3
HIM208ICD-CM Diagnostic Coding2
HIM213CPT and HCPCS Coding3
HIM215Physician-Based Billing and Coding Seminar1
HIM216Professional Practice in Physician-Based Billing and Coding1

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.