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Application Process

  1. Credit students must apply for admission to AACC and identify the Medical Coding Certificate program as their field of study with the goal as “Certificate Seeking.” The general college application process is further detailed on the credit application page.
  2. To apply to the program, you must submit a completed Medical Coding Certificate application. The application can be found on the Health Sciences Applicants page. Program applications are accepted on a rolling admission. The program begins each fall term.
  3. You can apply to the program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Know your program's requirements and follow the directions carefully (see Admission and Academic Requirements below).
  4. Once the contents of your application have been verified as qualified and complete, you will receive conditional acceptance for the next available seat.
  5. Incomplete applications are not considered and will be returned to you. As long as your application is complete, you only need to apply once. A future seat will be reserved for you.
  6. Email your application to healthsciencesadmissions@aacc.edu. You may also mail your application to the college at:

Anne Arundel Community College
ATTN: School of Health Sciences Admissions HLSB 174
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

 

Advising

Before you meet with a health sciences advisor, apply to AACC and submit official transcripts from prior academic institutions. 

If you plan to transfer general education requirements, have your official transcripts sent directly to the college's records and registration office. The official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education must be submitted.


Admission and Academic Requirements

Information Session

Mandatory attendance at an information session is required prior to submitting the Medical Coding program application. Call 410-777-7310 for dates, times and locations, or view the schedule on AACC's online calendar.

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • We will offer virtual information sessions.
  • Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.

English

You must demonstrate eligibility for ENG-101/ENG-101A. There are a number of ways this can be done.

  • Qualifying SAT/ACT scores
  • Appropriate score on the English placement test
  • Unweighted high school GPA (if you graduated in the last five years)
  • Successful completion of developmental courses, if applicable
  • Transfer of credits for ENG-101
  • Appropriate score on an AP exam
  • Appropriate score on a CLEP test

See an academic advisor for more information, or visit our Determine Placement page.

Mathematics

You must demonstrate eligibility for general education mathematics or score 27 or better on the Arithmetic Placement test or a B or better in MAT-005. There are a number of ways that can be used to determine general education mathematics eligibility:

  • Qualifying SAT/ACT scores
  • Appropriate score on the mathematics placement test
  • Unweighted high school GPA plus coursework (if you graduated in the last five years)
  • Successful completion of developmental courses, if applicable
  • Transfer of credits for a general education mathematics
  • Appropriate score on an AP exam
  • Appropriate score on a CLEP test

For information see an academic advisor or visit our Determine Placement page.

High School Graduate or Equivalency or College Degree

Before you submit your application, you must have your high school transcript or GED equivalency transcript submitted electronically to AACC's Records and Registration office by the application deadline.

OR provide

Official transcript verifying an associate degree or higher from a nationally recognized institution. This official transcript is also required for course evaluation or transfer.

Note: A transcript/equivalency certificate is considered official when enclosed in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically by the sending institution. It must also include a graduation/completion date and a school official’s signature. Your application will not be considered complete if the required documentation is not received prior to or at the time your application is submitted.

Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses listed below must be completed prior to submitting your program application and must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each course. Due to the selection process, the program cannot accept pass-fail as a replacement for letter grades in the required courses.

You will find course descriptions for the Loading... in the AACC College Catalog for the listed program prerequisites.

  • BIO-231 – Human Biology 1: 4 credit hours AND
  • BIO-232 – Human Biology 2: 4 credit hours

OR

  • BIO-233* – Anatomy and Physiology 1: 4 credit hours AND
  • BIO-234 – Anatomy and Physiology 2: 4 credit hours
    BIO-101 is a prerequisite for BIO-233 and BIO-234.
  • MDA-113 – Medical Terminology: 3 credit hours
  • CTP-103 – Theories and Applications of Digital Technology: 3 credit hours

* Fundamentals of Biology (BIO-101) is a college prerequisite for BIO-233. Therefore, it will take three terms to complete this science sequence. BIO-101 must be successfully completed prior to submitting your program application, if choosing to take BIO-233 and 234. BIO-101 is not part of the curriculum, therefore if you transferred in BIO-233/234 it is not required.

Satisfactory Academic Standing

Students must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college to be considered for selection to the Medical Coding program.

College Credit Transfer

If you have taken program prerequisites or other general education courses at a nationally recognized institution other than AACC, you must submit official transcripts with your application for review.

Learn more about submitting transcripts.

Note: A transcript/equivalency certificate is considered official when enclosed in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically by the sending institution. It must also include a graduation/completion date, if applicable, and a school official’s signature. Your application will not be considered complete if the required documentation is not received prior to or at the time your application is submitted.

Foreign Education and International Students

Foreign educated students must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators:

Foreign educated students must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent internet-based score) OR must have completed the ENG-101 or ENG-101A and ENG-102 course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the program. If you need to fulfill this requirement, we recommend that you take the TOEFL test as soon as possible, as this requirement can take time to complete. You must have your official score report sent directly to Anne Arundel Community College. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

If you are an international student, there may be additional requirements for you. Visit our international student pages to learn more about visa status and other information.


Required Courses

The required courses for this program may be found in the AACC College Catalog.

All students must receive a minimum grade of C or better in each prerequisite course, general education course and each medical coding course and a mark of satisfactory in the clinical laboratory to proceed in the program.

Due to the selection process, the medical coding program cannot accept pass-fail as a replacement for letter grades in the required courses.


Selection Process

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • You are eligible for selection if you have completed all the admissions and academic requirements, including attending a Medical Coding program information session, by the date your application is submitted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be returned to the applicant.
  • The applications will be reviewed and you will receive an email indicating that your application is complete.
  • Selections will be made according to the criteria listed in the Admission/Academic Requirements above.
  • Selected applicants will have their selection packet for conditional acceptance emailed to their AACC email address.

Conditional Acceptance

Applicants who have met the academic and admission requirements and have been selected into the program are given conditional acceptance. If you are granted conditional acceptance, you must submit a criminal background check by a designated deadline. Students who do not meet this deadline will not be further considered for admission and the next person on the list will be contacted. Instructions on how to complete the criminal background check will be enclosed in the selection packet and are not to be done until instructed to do so.

  • Qualified applicants not initially selected for conditional acceptance will be placed on a list in the order received and notified of selection when a seat becomes available.
  • Conditionally accepted candidates must attend a mandatory orientation on a designated date.
  • Conditionally accepted candidates not attending this meeting may lose their seat in the class.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Criminal Background Check

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. For complete details, see the Health Sciences section of this catalog.

Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.