Description

The Certified Professional Coder, (CPC) is the gold standard for medical coding in physician offices and hospital settings. The Academy is a licensed Professional Medical Coding Course (PMCC) vendor through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). 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 software, online coding exercises through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and hands-on demonstration in order to become skilled as a coder in any medical setting.  Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam preparation is also a major benefit of taking this program.

 

Content

Content includes, but is not limited to:

  • The Business of Medicine
  • Review of Anatomy
  • Accurate ICD-10-CM coding
  • Introduction to CPT-4
  • HCPCS Level II
  • Modifiers
  • Evaluation & Management Services
  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Hemic & Lymphatic Systems
  • Mediastinum
  • Diaphragm
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Male Genital System
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Maternity Care & Delivery
  • Endocrine System
  • Nervous System
  • Special Senses (Ocular and Auditory)
  • Anesthesia
  • Radiology
  • Pathology & Laboratory
  • Medicine

 

The Certified Professional Coder Program is a 612 contact hour program.  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 program. 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.

FEES

Additional fees/supplies: Students will need general school supplies such as: pens, pencils, paper and highlighters.

Fee Breakdowns

FEES/CPC
$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)

 

 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students are STRONGLY encouraged to attend every session of class. A passing grade of 70% (overall total average for class) is required. Specific program requirements are detailed in the program syllabus, which is distributed and reviewed with students during the first class.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Registration must be completed in person. Students must pose high school transcripts or GED. Students must attend one of Academy of Allied Health Career Overview Orientations before the application process can be completed. Students must fill out Application for chosen program, complete assessment, and have a successful interview with a staff member. Before start of class all students must provide (2) written letters of reference (1 personal and 1 professional).

AUTHORIZATION

Academy of Allied Health Careers is a licensed Professional Medical Coding Course (PMCC) vendor through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and is 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.