Program Description

Coding Specialists are in demand in acute-care and ambulatory-care facilities, physician's office practices, and long-term care facilities. A variety of government agencies require coding expertise as well. Coders are needed to accurately select ICD-10-CM/PCS codes, CPT codes, and DRG and APG assignments for diagnostic and surgical documentation recorded in health records. The statistical information generated from these codes is also used in reimbursement, research, quality improvement, education, and administrative decision making.

The Coding Specialist Certificate program is a seven-quarter program. Classes meet once a week on Tuesday evenings. The last two quarters of the program consist of an internship-like laboratory experience, Coding Practica I and II. These practica courses meet twice a week in the evenings. In addition to the coding courses, the student is introduced to topics in health care records, confidentiality, ethics, and pharmacology.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the entry level national certification examination of the American Health Information Management Association, the Certified Coding Associate (CCA). After one year of coding experience, the graduate is encouraged to sit for the expert level examination, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).

As part of new federal regulations, LLU is providing required information regarding the following gainful employment (GE) program.  The following link will provide information regarding the cost of the certificate, financing available, median debt, normal timeframe for completion, and job placement rates for students that have completed this program. To view this information, Click Here.

Program Website | Catalog

Program Length

7 quarters

Possible Careers

Coding Specialist, Medical Record Technician, Health information Technician

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication OpenPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Autumn of 2019Dec 2, 2018Aug 1, 2019

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have the following: 
  1. Completed high school from an accredited institution or passed the GED.
  2. The applicant must also have completed the prerequisite classes listed from an accredited college or university.
  3. A minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for all transfer courses. C-minus grades are not acceptable for transfer credit.


- Human anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
- Pathophysiology
- Introduction to computer applications

Discipline Accrediting Agency

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1
Books & Supplies$2,275
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)


Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1
Months enrolled12
Room & Board$15,540
Personal Expenses$2,760


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.