Behavioral Health Coding Course

Enroll now for just $249 for members (4299 for non-members).

Behavioral health coding presents challenges unique to other medical specialties. Coders must be able to interpret clinical documentation and observe complex CPT® guidelines. Additionally, they must understand clinician-related coding and billing requirements for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, clinical social workers, and other licensed mental health professionals.

The Behavioral Health Coding course walks students through foundational material on mental and behavioral health diagnoses and treatments. Students will learn ICD-10-CM, CPT®, evaluation and management (E/M) coding, and guidelines specific to behavioral health and substance abuse. Requirements for clinical documentation as it pertains to coding are also discussed.

Education and experience requirements

Completion of a professional coding course or 1 year of ProFee coding experience is recommended.


Approval for 10 CEUs upon successful course completion (one-time use only).

Course syllabus

Approved books

Included with course:

  • AAPC’s Behavioral Health, 2019 (PDF format)

Not included with course:

  • AMA CPT Professional Edition (current year)

  • ICD-10-CM code book (current year), any publisher

Course format

This is an online self-paced instruction course. You get the flexibility to prepare for the exam on your own time, at your own pace with online, on-demand training.

Certificate of completion

Certificate issued upon completion with a 70% passing score.

Who should take this course?

The Behavioral Health Coding course is an online certificate course designed for coders interested in the behavioral health specialty.

Course objectives

  • Review the major topics of ICD-10-CM coding for behavioral health

  • Provide instruction on evaluation and management (E/M) coding

  • Apply E/M coding to behavioral health services

  • Review proper CPT® coding for behavioral health services

  • Identify documentation requirements and CPT® guidelines affecting behavioral health

  • Provide exposure to behavioral health coding through case studies

Course includes

  • Reading assignment covering ICD-10-CM coding for behavioral health, evaluation and management coding for behavioral health, and CPT® coding for behavioral health services

  • Case studies for practical application of coding skills

  • Interactive lecture: Behavioral Health Therapies and Diagnoses

  • Interactive lecture: Behavioral Health Documentation Specifics

  • Final assessment exam

  • Behavioral Health Coding Certificate upon successful course completion

Course terms and conditions

By purchasing any online course and other items, I certify that I have read and agree to the online course terms and conditions and the refund policy.

Date of purchase is considered your course start date, additional time will be given for processing of your order. After your order is processed, you will receive further email instruction for course access.

This online course must be completed within a 1-year period or less from date of purchase. Additional time extensions may be purchased for a monthly fee. Date of purchase is considered your course start date. After your order is processed you will receive further email instruction on course access.

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