The AAPC and AHIMA are GREAT ways to start your medical coding career.
The CPC, COC, CIC, CCA, CCS, and the RHIT,
plus more from those two organizations as options.
Taking the next step to further one's career is an important decision to make.
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About AAPC's CPC certification:
The Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) credential demonstrates expertise in coding medical services and procedures performed by physicians. This includes coding patient symptoms and diagnoses, as well as diagnostic tests.
The CPC exam is a test of medical coding proficiency consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions that assess 17 areas of knowledge. Most questions present a coding scenario to test proper application of CPT® procedure codes, HCPCS Level II supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes—all of which medical providers use to submit claims to payers.
During the test, you will reference approved coding books — the AMA's CPT® Professional Edition, as well as your choice of ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II code manuals.
Whether you take the exam online or in-person, you must complete the CPC exam within 4 hours and answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass.
About AAPC's COC certification:
By passing the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC®) exam, employers recognize your mastery of outpatient hospital coding, including working knowledge of Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs), payment status indicators, and MS-DRGs.
About AAPC's CIC certification:
The Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC®) validates mastery in abstracting information from the medical record for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding. It also represents expert knowledge of Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) and the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
About AHIMA's CCA certification:
The Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) is a self-study, entry-level coding certification. Coding professionals who hold the CCA credential have demonstrated coding competency across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices.
About AHIMA's CCS certification:
The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) credential demonstrates a professional’s tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency.
About AHIMA's RHIT certification:
The Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) is a 2-year academic program that prepares students for a career in health information.
AAPC and AHIMA are not affiliated with SCI. Their names and certifications are listed for referencing purposes only.