Recommended Steps to Prepare for the CPC® Exam

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CPC Certification Table
  • STEP 1

    Online Medical Terminology | Online Anatomy Course

    A strong understanding of medical terminology and anatomy are required for medical coding and tested thoroughly during the CPC® exam. These 2-month courses should be considered by anyone wanting to learn medical coding or for experienced coders who may be weak in these areas.

  • STEP 2

    CPC Preparation Course

    Available either online or in the classroom, this course prepares students for a medical coding career in an outpatient physician office. Individuals planning to sit for the CPC® exam should have strong coding experience /knowledge or have successfully completed this course.

  • STEP 3

    Official CPC® Certification Study Guide

    CPC Exam Study Guide

    The CPC® study guide reviews each section of the CPC® exam in detail and provides practical examples, sample questions, and test taking techniques. If you have coding experience or have successfully completed medical coding training (such as the courses listed above), this 385 page study guide will optimize exam preparation.

  • STEP 4

    CPC® Online Practice Exam (Highly Recommended)

    CPC Practice Exam

    These 50-question online practice exams are strongly recommended for anyone taking the CPC® exam. Emulating the content and difficulty level of the actual exam, these practice exams allow you to become more familiar with the format and time constraints of the real test. The three practice exams, equaling the length of the 150-question exam, can be purchased separately or as a complete bundle.


CPC® Review Class

Although limited in availability, review classes are offered by AAPC local chapters and AAPC instructors as an additional means to help prepare for our exams. They are generally one day and range from three to eight hours in length.