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Certified Documenter in Pathology & Laboratory

Documentation is key for accuracy to support clinical requirements, coding, and quality measures.  The CDPL™ credential is for health care providers, from medical assistants to physicians, to increase their patient care and solidify the practice.

With the Special Coder Institute, all credential exams are fill-in-the-blank.  SCI does not utilize the multiple-choice format as real-world coding is not multiple choice.


Those who have earned the CDPL™ credential with the minimum passing score of 90% have shown they are experts in the field of coding for pathology & laboratory.

The Info

The Certified Documenter in Pathology & Laboratory™ examinee will be tested on:

Reviewing medical documentation for the highest level of accuracy.

Identify documentation shortfalls in a medical record.

Identify documentation to support the following code sets:

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) coding

  • ICD-10-CM coding

  • HCPCS coding

Medical terminology



Exam Information

100 fill-in-the-blank codes with multiple case studies

3 hours and 0 minutes time permitted


90% or higher score required for exam passing

FREE retake, valid 1 (one) year from purchase date

Exam Requirement

An examinee must hold current SCI membership.

Exam Approved References

CPT® book (AMA publisher)*

ICD-10-CM (any publisher)

HCPCS (any publisher)

One additional reference per the examinee's choosing.

*NOTE: Procedural Coding Expert and Procedure Desk Reference books are permitted for SCI exams and may be used in lieu of or in addition to a CPT® book.

Available Education

The Specialty Coder Institute has created an 8 hour, on-demand, high quality education class to prepare for the exam.  Tuition includes textbook.  CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS books are not provided.  Class education includes pre-recorded classroom video, PowerPoint video, practice case studies.

Credential Requirements

Once a member earns the CDPL™ credential, CEUs (continuing education units) are required to maintain membership.  For CEU information, visit SCI's CEU page.


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