Your success as a CPC 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.
AAPC offers a three-topic Fundamentals of Medicine (medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology) prerequisite course to provide you with a high-level knowledge of medical terminology and other information that will allow you to succeed in the path to obtaining your CPC credential.
Do I need the prerequisites?
If your education or employment background have provided you with reliable knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology, you can skip past this prerequisite. Otherwise, you should take this course as the CPC exam will thoroughly test your knowledge in the fundamentals of medicine.
The surest way to prepare for the CPC exam is to train with AAPC by enrolling in a CPC Certification Preparation Course. Designed by the creators of the exam, these courses will ensure you receive an effective and comprehensive education covering proper use of all medical code sets you’ll encounter on the exam. Choose from a self-paced course or a virtual instructor-led course.
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 CPC 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 CPC Study Guide walks you through a review of anatomy and terminology and covers all the content sections found on the exam. Best of all, it provides testing tips for taking the AAPC CPC exam.
AAPC's study guide reviews each section of the CPC exam in detail, providing practical examples, sample questions, and test-taking techniques.
Whether you are new to coding or a seasoned veteran, AAPC offers an eight-hour online exam review that solidifies your preparation.
The review is divided up by domains covered on the exam, allowing students to focus on the areas where they need a bit more help. Each session contains an area of focus on the exam and will provide a review of key concepts, test-taking tips and strategies, and a review of the most commonly missed questions.
The exam review is included, by default, if you take the CPC Certification Preparation Course.