Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level medical billing and coding positions in ambulatory care treatment centers such as clinics, physician practices, managed care organizations, private billing services, and insurance companies.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria

High school graduate or GED.
Formal application and admission to the Medical Billing and Coding: Physician-Based certificate program is required.
Ability to fully participate in professional practice in the health care settings.
Applications can be obtained from advisement or from the College website.
Background Check Requirements
Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students must be willing to undergo a background check performed by the MCCCD approved vendor. (Students who are unsure of their background status may take a preliminary background check at their own expense before entering the program, results of which will not be sent to the college.)

The following courses must be completed within five (5) years of the Required HIM Course(s): BIO201, BIO202, and BýƵ110.

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GateWay Community College offers a clock-based certificate in Medical Billing and Coding

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, and cultural competency skills according to ambulatory care professional practice standards.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to decision-making processes in accordance with ambulatory care standards and best practices.
  3. Apply legal and ethical concepts and principles applicable to ambulatory care setting regulations and guidelines.
  4. Use health information technologies commonly used in ambulatory care settings.
  5. Apply anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology concepts in the ambulatory care coding function.
  6. Apply clinical nomenclatures, vocabularies, classification systems, and revenue cycle management.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

Part-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

There is no Part-time option for the Gateway Community College (Fall Cohort) pathway map option.

There is no Part-time option for the Gateway Community College (Spring Cohort) pathway map option.

Course Area Key

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.