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Medical Coding: Hospital-Based

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The Medical Coding: Hospital-Based program is designed to prepare individuals for diagnostic and procedural
coding positions in acute care settings.

Responsibilities of a medical coder may include:

  • Reviews and analyzes medical records
  • Translates diseases and procedures into codes utilizing national classification systems
  • Conducts audits for coding integrity and accuracy

Program Certificate

In this program you can earn the following:

Many of the certificate program courses are part of the AAS degree program in Health Information Technology. Starting with a certificate program could give you a feel for the profession while earning credits that transfer to the degree program.

Employment Outlook

Certified coders are in high demand. Entry-level salaries vary depending on qualifications, prior health-related experience, and type of facility. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage, and employment trend information.

The AHIMA's Career Map also provides an interactive display of various HIM job titles, roles, and career pathways.

Instructional Modalities

The program provides theoretical and practical laboratory instruction in the classroom and professional practice experience in various health care environments. The program is offered in a combination of evening, hybrid, and online classes, and acute care health care settings.

The Medical Coding: Hospital-Based program at Phoenix College cannot be completed fully online.

Program Approval

The Medical Coding: Hospital-Based certificate program has earned formal approval under AHIMA’s Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). Students who complete this certificate are eligible to sit for AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exams.

Program Information Sessions 

If you are looking for a career in health care, come to an information session about a degree in Health Information Management (HIT). Advances in healthcare technologies, a steadily growing aging population, and increased emphasis on outpatient care have resulted in a high demand for HIT professionals. Jobs for HIT professionals are available in traditional settings such as hospitals and clinics, government agencies, and educational institutes. Come and learn more about our certificate and degree programs. 


Healthcare Education Building
Room HE008
3144 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013

09/09/2020 5:30-6:30 PM
10/14/2020 5:30-6:30 PM
11/11/2020 5:30-6:30 PM
01/13/2021 5:30-6:30 PM
02/10/2021 5:30-6:30 PM
04/14/2021 5:30-6:30 PM