Prepare for the CCS Exam with our Medical Coding Certificate

Earn your Medical Coding certificate at Peirce College! Peirce’s Medical Coding Certificate readies you to perform essential, behind-the-scenes work supporting patient care. It’s an important part of the medical records and health information technicians field that’s expected to grow by over 21 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But medical coding isn't just growing – it's also changing. Our forward-thinking curriculum gives students the knowledge they need to excel in tomorrow's job market.

Specifically, our Medical Coding students learn the modern ICD-10 coding system. That means our graduates are prepared to use the system's thousands of codes for diseases, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and more. Medical employers need coders with an understanding of this standard, which means Peirce's ICD-10 classes will ready you to play an immediate and important role in the medical field.

You'll also study other practical healthcare topics during our Medical Coding Certificate program: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and health information and delivery systems. Plus, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam – an important first step for many careers. And because you can earn your certificate online, here at our Philadelphia campus or through both methods, the program is flexible enough to work with your busy schedule.

A medical coding certificate gives you the hands-on experience you need to dive into a new career or continue to study toward an Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology.

For students who already possess some healthcare education, attaining a certificate will allow you to "stack" your credentials. Stackable credentials give you the opportunity to work toward your career goals at a pace you're most comfortable with and better position yourself to launch or advance a successful career.

Learn more about why Peirce's Medical Coding Certificate might be right for you and apply today to take your first step toward a rewarding and fulfilling career.


For course requirements and prerequisite information, refer to the individual course descriptions in the College Catalog.

PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
SCI 240Anatomy & Physiology I3
SCI 250Anatomy & Physiology II3
SCI 270Pathophysiology3
HIT 100Medical Terminology3
HIT 101Introduction to Health Information Management3
HIT 218Healthcare Reimbursement3
HIT 220ICD-10-CM Coding3
HIT 225CPT/Outpatient Coding3
HIT 221 or HIT 226

Advanced ICD Coding & Virtual PPE or

Advanced CPT Coding & Virtual PPE


Graduates of the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding are eligible to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam. Current exam eligibility and exam specifications are available at

Careers in Medical Coding

Our Certificate in Medical Coding is great start for your career. Peirce graduates hold positions as hospital facilities staff, medical assistants and insurance and claims specialists.

Graduates can continue their education toward our Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology or Peirce’s Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Administration. Many students join industry-specific organizations to support their continued education, like The American Health Information Management Association, The American Academy of Professional Coders and The Health Programs Student Association.

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“Successful students in the Certificate in Medical Coding program develop excellent written and verbal communication skills, are able to work independently with accuracy and are committed to lifelong learning. Our medical coders are detail-oriented, resourceful and focused.”

Stephanie A. Donovan

Faculty Chair, Health Programs

Interested in a Certificate in Medical Coding? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application.

You can also apply using our online application.

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