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 Medical Coding

DeShawna Hill-Burns, MPA, RHIA, HIT Pro CP
Medical Director

Note: Prior to enrolling in coursework, please contact your college advisor and/or Director of the Health Information Technology (HIT), Medical Coding, and Medical Billing Programs, DeShawna Hill-Burns,​.


To Apply to Program:

  • Complete program prerequisite courses.  
  • Submit official college transcripts. 
  • Calculate admissions cumulative GPA. 
  • Apply to Program in Student Portal []

To Learn More About Program and Admissions: 


About Program      


Medical Coding Program is intended for individuals seeking entry-level employment as well as for advancement or cross-training opportunities for those who are currently employed in healthcare environment. The students learn ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS Level II guidelines and apply them while coding various coding scenarios including inpatient records, outpatient visits, operative reports, and other healthcare records. The students utilize 3M encoder software in both basic and advanced coding courses in order to master their coding skills and smoothly transition to their entry-level healthcare careers. In addition, the students participate in the planned and supervised clinical affiliations in medical facilities. Our stackable degree path allows students to apply all credits earned in the Medical Billing-Basic Certificate (BC) program to the Medical Coding-Advanced Certificate (AC) program. Upon the completion of the Medical Coding-Advanced Certificate, the students can then pursue a degree towards an Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.                       


Program Mission    

The mission of the Medical Coding Program is to graduate competent and ethical medical coders with the knowledge and the skills satisfying needs of entry-level positions in this field. It is also the department’s mission to support the Malcolm X College mission by offering quality medical coding courses designed to prepare students to demonstrate the skills and behaviors compatible with those of professional medical coders.                   


The Medical Coding Program-AC prepares students to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).                   

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the Malcolm X College Medical Billing [BC] or 
  • Currently enrolled in Malcolm X College Medical Billing program are eligible to apply
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended outside of City Colleges of Chicago to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services. 
  • On-campus, in-person interview; this will occur in late October 
  • Submit one Letter of Recommendation at the interview 
  • Once accepted to the program and prior to registration; students must complete the following: 
    • Background check 
    • Drug screen 
    • Provide proof of health insurance 
    • Provide current immunization records
  • Students need to have transportation to and from their clinical sites

Submitting Application within Student Portal ( )

  • Under “My Academic Plan” 
  • Within “Academic Planning” 
  • Click “Selective Application”




Faculty & Staff

Name Phone Email Room
Deborah Balentine
Adjunct Instructor  
Christine Rys
Adjunct Instructor  
Shahista Salam
Adjunct Instructor  
Robert Gallagher
Adjunct instructor  
Illona Pittman
Adjunct Instructor  
Rayna Scott
Adjunct Instructor   

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7116
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 2103 D
Chicago , IL 60612
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11 am – 5 pm (M-F)


8-Week Classes Start March 11