Medical Billing and Coding FAQs

Do I need a high school diploma to register for this program?

Although it's not necessary to possess a high school diploma or equivalent in order to register for this program, it is recommended that you do complete a high school course of study prior to enrolling as it’s likely to be required by potential employers. Click here to see how DCC can assist you with your high school equivalent.

Do I need to have prior experience to register for this program?


Are there any pre-admission or testing requirements?


How do I register for this program?

Registration can be done online or by contacting the Office of Community Services.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

No. However, funding might be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR.

Is there a payment plan available for this program?

Yes. If you choose not to pursue funding and instead wish to self-pay, our payment plan can break down the total cost of the tuition into smaller payments.

How much time outside of class is required for reading and homework each week?

Generally students should allow for 4 hours each week for outside reading and additional assignments.

How important is attendance?

Very important. Lessons are taught in class according to the homework and not from the workbook.  



What is the certifying agency?

There are many different certifications associated with Billing and Coding. The APPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) is the most common for those looking to move from billing to coding and become certified. Other certifications could include Certified Professional Coder Exam

(CPC or CPC-H Apprentice); the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam; and/or other National Certification Exams.

What are the costs for the certification exam?

For more information regarding the AAPC exam please visit

Do you offer the certification exam on campus?

No, but more information regarding the AAPC exam please visit 

Is certification necessary to work in the industry?

While certification is not necessary to work in the field, it will most likely be required to advance your career and increase your salary. Our program is designed to give you the foundational knowledge necessary to begin working in the field as a medical biller while you continue to learn more terminology and anatomy in order to prepare you for the AACP exam.

Will there be additional training requirements after I am certified?

You will be required to do continuing education in order to keep your certification. You can complete this by attending online webinars for your job or attending free online courses provided specifically for this purpose.

Do you offer a clinical/externship?

Not at this time.