Begin a medical coding career quickly

Complete a certificate to get started.


COTC offers two certificate options in medical coding.

The Medical Coding Short-Term 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 Medical Coding One-Year Certificate can be completed in one calendar year (three semesters) and continues a student’s education to expand upon job opportunities.

After completion of one or both medical coding certificates, students can sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders. 

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. 


Healthcare Visit Day

Still deciding which career in healthcare might be the best fit or right choice for you? Tour our healthcare labs, talk with our expert faculty, and learn about career paths in healthcare. The COTC Healthcare Visit Day on the Newark campus will help you differentiate between the many healthcare certificates and degrees. 

Friday, April 7 from 1:30–3 p.m.
Warner Center 126, Newark Campus

Register Registration closes on Tuesday, April 4.

If you are only interested in learning about one healthcare program offered at COTC, we recommend you register for an information meeting instead, which will cover application requirements for a specific program. 


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? 

The Medical Coding certificate is eligible for the short-term certificate grant available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies). To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Grant 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. 


Short-term Certificate Grant

This Ohio Department of Higher Education grant is designed to support students with demonstrated financial need in obtaining a certificate they can complete in less than one year by providing a one-time grant of up to $2000 (minus any grants, scholarship or outside aid) to assist with tuition for approved short-term certificates. This is a limited fund that will be awarded until funds are exhausted. To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Grant Application.