Your success as a CCC is dependent on your ability to prioritize the information presented to you and organize it in ways that allow you to problem-solve efficiently. The following preparation tips will help ensure that you’re fully prepared.
We strongly recommend that you have at least two years of experience in cardiology coding prior to sitting for the certification exam. Please be aware that these are difficult, high-level examinations not intended for individuals with little, limited, or no coding experience.
The surest way to prepare for the CCC exam is to train with AAPC by enrolling in the CCC Preparation Course. Designed by the creators of the exam, this course will ensure you receive an effective and comprehensive education covering proper use of all medical code sets you'll encounter on the exam.
Diagnose your strengths and weaknesses. We highly recommend that you take one of the 50-question online practice exams to help you become familiar with the format and time constraints of the real test. Our practice tests accurately mirror the exam to ensure you are fully prepared on exam day.
After you take your first practice exam, you’ll realize not all areas of CCC curriculum require equal study time. Based on your diagnostic results and practice performance, we’ll recommend lessons and exercises at just the right level. Follow these recommendations to make the most of your practice time.
Designed to help you prepare for the exam, our official CCC Certification Study Guide provides a comprehensive review of cardiology coding with practical examples, E/M guidelines, and questions that simulate the certification exam. It was developed by the same people who created the CCC certification exam. Best of all, it provides testing tips for taking AAPC's CCC exam.