AAPC - Advancing the Business of Healthcare

Fundamentals of Medicine Course

Prerequisite Training
Most popular
Self-paced training

Learn at your own pace

  • Bite-sized lessons available online

  • Fully immersive learning environment, optimized for students who need flexibility

$995 for members

($1,954.95 for non-members)

Virtual instructor-led

12-week structured course

  • Study with a Healthcare Education Professional

  • Live, weekly classes

  • Access to instructors outside the online classroom

$1,695 for members

($2,622.90 for non-members)

Learning the language of healthcare does not need to be slow and tedious.

AAPC has combined all three recommended prerequisites courses (medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology) into one course to speed up the process and to quickly prepare you for your medical coding and billing coursework.

When to enroll

This course is applicable for beginners with no healthcare experience or for professionals who need to refresh their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology prior to starting training for the CPC, CPB, CPPM, COC, CIC, and CRC.


Get a baseline of knowledge that will help you move quickly and confidently through any AAPC medical billing and coding course. 

Education and experience requirements

No experience necessary. AAPC prerequisite courses are recommended, but not required.

Course length

Self-paced: Average time of completion is 40 hours over two to three months.

Instructor-led: 12 weeks from start date to completion. New courses start every week.

Continuing education units

20 CEUs for AAPC-certified members. CEUs are only applicable to CPC, CPPM, COC, CPB, CIC, and CRC credentials.

Financial options

Pay over time. Make easy monthly payments over 12 months.

Course curriculum overview

You will learn medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology for a wide range of topics, applying what is learned to reading and interpreting a medical record. This course is valuable for anyone preparing for a career in any non-clinical medical profession, and strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for an AAPC certification examination.

Training objectives

  • Identify how to use medical terminology to prepare a medical record

  • Use anatomic reference systems to identify anatomic positions and landmarks

  • Understand an overview of the pathophysiology of common conditions

What students are saying

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  • Danielle Ledford student testimonial


    I took the online AAPC course. It was full of useful information and I passed my test the first time.

    Danielle Ledford

Course bundle includes

  • Free required eBooks

    • Self-paced included book: Fundamentals of Medicine, (eBook); 978-1-646-31812-4

    • 3 books are required for the instructor-led course:

      • Medical Terminology an Illustrated Guide, Ninth Edition; Barbara Janson Cohen, Shirley A. Jones; Jones & Bartlett Learning; ISBN: 978-1-975-13637-6 2.

      • Structure & Function of the Body, 16th Edition (eBook); Kevin Patton, Gary Thibodeau; Elsevier; ISBN: 978-0-323-65577-4 3.

      • Understanding Pathophysiology; Huether, S., McCance, K.

  • Certificate of completion

Why train with AAPC?

> We’ll be here to support you every step of the way — through tools and resources, payment plans, CEUs, workshops, networking events, and more.

> You get to train with the same experts who created the exams. Why study at an institution that bases its curriculum on AAPC’s when you can train directly with us?

> Any credential you earn through us will be recognized worldwide. AAPC is known by governments, employers, and association groups as the industry gold standard.

> Join a professional network of 250,000+ members. We’re the world's largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare.

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