The Coding Specialist Program is a 37-credit hour certificate program. It consists of 11 courses and may be completed in 5 semesters. The program provides students with a robust curriculum that includes Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Human Diseases, specialized professional courses that consist of lecture, lab, and hands-on and/or virtual clinical practice.

Students may enroll in the Coding Specialist Program during any semester; however, some courses are only offered during specific semesters or have pre- or co-requisites.

The Medical Coding Specialist Program courses are offered in a variety of traditional and non-traditional formats, including online, hybrid, and evening options.  Most face-to-face program courses are held on Polk State College’s Airside West Campus, 3515 Aviation Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811.  Please contact Susan Whatley,, 863.669.2897, for more information.

Program Requirements

Medical Coding Specialist Program
HIM 1472 Medical Terminology for Medical Coding 3
HIM 1453: Anatomy and Physiology for HIM 4
CGS 1061: Introduction to Computers 3
HIM 1000: Fundamental Applications of HIM 3
HIM 1443: Human Diseases for Healthcare Documentation 4
HIM 1442: Pharmacology for HIM Professionals 2
HIM 1272: Medical Insurance and Billing Fundamentals 3
HIM 2721C: CPT Coding 4
HIM 2724C: ICD-10 Coding 4
HIM 2292: Advanced Coding Applications 3
HIM 2810L: Coding Application Practicum 3
 HIM 2874: Medical Coding Certification Exam Review  1
Total Credit Hours Earned 37