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Certificate – Medical Insurance Coder/Biller

Students who complete the Certificate in Medical Insurance Coder/Biller will be eligible to take the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam.

Medical Insurance Coder/Biller is a selective certificate program. Specific requirements must be met in order to this program. For additional information contact the Health Information Technology Department at 505-566-3597 or email us at:

A limited number of students will be admitted each semester. Acceptance to the college does not constitute nor guarantee admission to the Medical Insurance Coder/Biller program. Taking prerequisite courses for the Medical Insurance Coder/Biller program does not guarantee admission to the program; enrollment is limited.

All courses are offered online only. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet (DSL or cable recommended). Once admitted to the program, all coursework for the Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate program must be completed within 2 years. Students must complete each course in the curriculum with a "C" or better and maintain an overall minimum GPA of 2.75. Courses may be repeated once, for a total of two attempts. All HITP coursework must be current within 5 years at the time of graduation. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the student being dropped from the program.


  • All prerequisite courses completed. Must earn a "C" or higher.
  • Achieved a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Taken the Accuplacer exam (if applicable) and registered as a SJC student.
  • Submitted a completed Medical Insurance Coder/Biller program application. A new application is required if reapplying.

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the online program application.

Application Deadlines:

July 1 To be considered for Fall admission
November 1 To be considered for Spring admission
April 1 To be considered for Summer admission


Students who are admitted to the program will be contacted by the HIT Office. Students must meet in person or via telephone or email with a program advisor to develop a Program Plan. The program advisor will also assist students with registration for classes. Students who are not admitted to the program will be sent a letter from the HIT Office. Students may reapply the following semester; however, in order to be reconsidered for admission a new application must be submitted. It is recommended that you speak to the HIT Program Director prior to reapplying.

For more information, please call Deborah Honstad at (505) 566-3597. Or send an email to