The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) is the gold standard for medical coding in physician offices and hospital settings. We are a licensed PMCC vendor though AAPC and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22 percent through the year 2022. Prepare yourself to meet the industry demand by becoming a certified professional coder. Increase your chances of being hired in a competitive job market. This course thoroughly prepares students to code patients’ medical records correctly and optimize reimbursement for a full range of medical services. Students are introduced to several techniques for finding and applying the correct codes in today’s standard coding systems. The Certified Professional Coder program utilizes lecture, textbooks, coding books, power points, computer programs, online coding exercises through AAPC, and hands-on demonstration in order to become skilled as a coder in any medical setting. CPC exam preparation is also a major benefit of taking this program.
Objectives include, but are not limited to:
- The Business of Medicine
- Review of Anatomy
- Accurate ICD-10-CM coding
- Introduction to CPT-4
- HCPCS Level II
- Evaluation & Management Services
- Integumentary System
- Musculoskeletal System
- Respiratory System
- Cardiovascular System
- Hemic & Lymphatic Systems
- Digestive System
- Urinary System
- Male Genital System
- Female Reproductive System
- Maternity Care & Delivery
- Endocrine System
- Nervous System
- Special Senses (Ocular and Auditory)
- Pathology & Laboratory
The Certified Professional Coder Program is a 612 contact hour course. Total class time is 10 weeks for day classes and 20 weeks for evening classes. Day classes are available Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Evening classes are available Monday-Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm. Clinicals are not required for this course. However, there is a Project Xtern opportunity available to gain more hands-on practice for those individuals interested.
The Certified Professional Coder Program is “short term”. However, it is an intense and rapid program! Students should expect to study 1-2 hours for each session and must complete all homework, assignments online and in the classroom, and test satisfactorily.
*AAHC will set up payment plans for these fees.
Additional fees/supplies: Students will need general school supplies such as: pens, pencils, paper and highlighters.
$3,210.00 – AAHC Tuition
$80.00 – AAPC Membership
$150.00 – AAPC Student online portal
$570.00 – CPC handbook, workbook, CPT-4, ICD-10, and HCPC books
$125.00 – CPC Study guide
$125.00 – CPC Exam (2 attempts)
$150.00 – Technology fee
$100.00 – AAHC Registration
(Total = $4,800.00)
At completion of course, we highly advise students to take the National exam which is paid directly to NHA (National Healthcareer Association). Students will receive information on how to apply & pay for national testing at completion of academics. Their website is www.nhanow.com or 1-800-499-9092.
Students are STRONGLY encouraged to attend every session of class. Students must attend 80% of the course; those missing 20% or more of class will be automatically dismissed from class. A passing grade of 70% (overall total average for class) is required, students must also make 75% or greater on Procedure & Diagnostic Coding, and a 755 or greater on Final Exam before certificates of completion are issued. Students will be allowed 3 makeup exams. Make up Exams MUST be taken the first day of the students return to school. If not, it will be a zero. After 3 they will be counted as zeros.
Registration must be completed in person. Students must be at least 18 years of age, posses high school transcripts or GED and must provide proof at Admission. Students must attend one of AAHC’s Career Overview Orientations before the application process can be completed. Students must fill out Application for chosen course, pass Admissions test, and have a successful interview with and AAHC staff member. Before start of class all students must provide (2) written letters of reference (1 personal and 1 professional).
AAHC is a licensed PMCC vendor through AAPC and also authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning the quality of education, ethical business practices, health, safety, and fiscal responsibility.