Medical Coding is the use of numbers or alphanumeric codes to identify specific health interventions taken by medical professionals. Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations due to its impact on revenues and description of health outcomes. Earning a nationally-recognized coding credential from AHIMA or AAPC demonstrates one’s ability to meet this challenge. 

Program Overview

The part-time, online Coding Certificate Program consists of 27 credits. A total of 24 of the 27 credits will transfer to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Associate Degree Program if final grades are a C+ or higher.

The Coding Certificate Program prepares individuals for the CCA, Certified Coding Associate; CCS, Certified Coding Specialist; or the CCS-P, Coding Certificate Specialist - Physician-based credential exam(s) offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The program also prepares individuals for the CPC, Certified Professional Coder; COC, Certified Outpatient Coder; or CIC, Certified Inpatient Coder credential exam(s) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Program Requirements

Course Number




HIM 110

Human Body in Health and Disease



HIT 106

Medical Terminology



HIT 115




HIT 117




HIT 118 Introduction to Coding DL 3

HIT 209

ICD-10-CM Coding



HIT 210

ICD-10-PCS Coding



HIT 205

HCPCS Coding (CPT-4)



HIT 211

Reimbursement Methodologies








DL: distance learning
F-F: face to face
Hybrid: combination of classroom and distance learning

Revised 08/23

Curriculum is subject to change. The department will make every effort to keep students aware of changes as they occur.

Rowan College at Burlington County reserves the right to change course schedule information, including instructor names, at any time as may be warranted by economic considerations, insufficient enrollments, and/or circumstances requiring such administrative action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I complete general education courses before I apply to any of the Health Information Management programs?
HIM programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year. Full-time students should apply prior to or soon after starting general education courses.

When is the best time of year to apply to any of the Health Information Management Programs?
All HIM programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year.

What career opportunities are available for health information professionals?
The AHIMA Career Map features in-depth information about the many career options for HIM professionals, and includes updated salary study results, and job data. Click here for more information.

Is a credential required to work in the healthcare industry?
Most employers are looking for individuals who hold a national credential. However, some employers will hire recent graduates and give them a timeframe (typically 1-year) to earn a national credential.

Is it true that some employers give a coding test ?
Yes, many employers require that you pass their coding test prior to meeting with the hiring manager. You should be prepared with your own codebooks ( ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT) and a medical dictionary.

What do the abbreviations RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, CTR mean?
AHIMA credentials
Click here for additional information.

  • RHIT - Registered Health Information Technician (* 2-year degree)
  • RHIA - Registered Health Information Administrator (* 4-year degree)
  • CCA - Certified Coding Associate
  • CCS - Certified Coding Specialist
  • CCS-P - Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based

* Degree Program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

National Cancer Registrars Association
Click here for additional information 
CTR – Certified  Tumor Registrar

Is the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT) at RCBC accredited?
Yes, the AAS.HIT program at RCBC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Is the Coding Certificate Program (SPC.ACO) accredited?
 No, the Coding Program is not accredited. However, graduates of the Coding Certificate Program are eligible to take the CCA, CCS or CCS-P credential exam offered through AHIMA. In addition, most of the credits earned in the Coding Certificate Program will transfer to the accredited Associates Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT).

How much does it cost to attend RCBC?
Tuition & fees are based on many factors including in-county, out-of-county, out-of-state and program type.  For details, click here 

Note:  any course that has a prefix of HIT or MCR, refer to the Health Science Tuition and Fees.

Are challenge exams available?
Yes, challenge exams are available for some HIM and MCR courses. The cost to challenge a course for credit is $25 per credit. Arrangements must be coordinated through the HIM Department. Rates are subject to change without notice.

If I completed courses at another school where do I send my transcript(s)?
“Official” transcripts should be mailed or dropped off to:

Office of the Registrar
Rowan College at Burlington County
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Important note:  To be considered official, transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope from the college or university. A transcript is required from the school that you earned the letter grade. Therefore, if you attended multiple schools, an “official” transcript is required from every school that you earned a grade of “C” or higher that you would like evaluated for possible credit.

How do I register for a credential exam?
If you plan to take an AHIMA credential exam (RHIT, CCA, CCS, or CCS-P) visit the AHIMA website at for details.  The website includes information about exam registration, eligibility, specifications, allowable books, review guide recommendations and more.

If you plan to take the Cancer Tumor Registry (CTR) exam, click here for additional details.

What books are required to take a credential exam?
See - How do I register for a credential exam?

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) credit for taking relevant HIM courses?
Download AHIMA’s Recertification Guide here, refer to the section titled Qualifying Continue Education Activities and Calculation of CEU’s.

Will you accept a recent background check from another employer?
At this time, background checks required for the HIT Associates Degree and the Cancer Registry Management Degree MUST be completed through Adam Safeguard.

Applying to RCBC
  • Complete an RCBC Admission Application online.
  • Submit all previous college transcripts to the RCBC Admissions Department for evaluation.
  • The Coding Certificate no longer requires the completion of a HIM program application.
Program Contact

Susan Scully
Director of HIM Programs
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1257

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