Begin a medical coding career quickly

Complete a certificate to get started.


COTC offers two certificate options in Medical Coding.

The short-term Medical Coding Certificate can be completed in just two semesters (less than a year) and is the quickest way to begin a career in medical coding.

The one-year Medical Coding Certificate can be completed in one calendar year and continues a student’s education to expand upon job opportunities.

Both of the medical coding certificates prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities:

  • Certified Medical Biller and Coder
  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Quality Improvement Analyst
  • Insurance Claims Analyst

Students who complete either or both of the Medical Coding Certificates are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Coding. The more training and education a student completes, the more career advancement opportunities there are in Medical Coding. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the medical coding short-term or one-year certificate program?

Students can complete the short-term certificate in just two semesters. Students can complete the one-year certificate in one calendar year. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the certificate program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students pursuing a healthcare degree should expect to take classes face-to-face to experience hands-on learning. Some general education classes may be offered online.

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete one or both of the Medical Coding Certificates? 

Students who complete either or both of the Medical Coding certificates are encouraged to continue because they are well on their way to completing the Medical Coding associate degree

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.