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Pathophysiology Online Course (for Non-Clinical Staff)

Prerequisite Training
Take the online Pathophysiology Course for just $475 for members ($633 for non-members).

Designed for non-clinical staff, this introductory pathophysiology class provides an overview of the process, progression, and consequences of disease based on physiological dysfunction in the major organ systems. 

Students will review body system anatomy, gain physician insight, and learn pathophysiology for major conditions and diagnostic categories.

When to enroll

This pathophysiology course is applicable for beginners with no healthcare experience or for professionals who need to refresh their knowledge of pathophysiology before beginning their certification training or taking a certification exam.


Knowledge of disease processes will be key to keeping pace with medical decision making and quality measures.  

Education and experience requirements

No experience necessary. AAPC prerequisite courses are recommended, but not required. Students will need an ICD-10-CM (current year) book to complete the course.

Course length

Train at your own pace with on-demand learning. Average time to completion is 18 hours over one month. You’ll have access to a certified coaching team to help you along the way.

Continuing education units

18 CEUs for AAPC-certified members. CEUs are only applicable to CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, and specialty credentials except CIRCC (one-time use only).

Financial options

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

Course curriculum overview

This online pathophysiology course is designed to give non-clinical staff (medical billers and coders, for example) an overview of the mechanisms and consequences of disease based on physiological dysfunction in the major organ systems. 

Each organ system is introduced with a brief review covering normal structure and function, followed by the pathology and some common disorders of each system. Training includes common clinical presentations of disease and the mechanisms of underlying signs and symptoms.

Pathophysiology training objectives

  • Better understand physician insight on major diseases

  • Better understand pathophysiology processes and mechanisms as it applies to a career in medical billing and coding

What students are saying

  • Vanessa Bontempi


    I took the live online course offered by AAPC and it was worth every penny. I sent my instructor a thank you note today.

    Vanessa Bontempi

  • Pereza Corp


    The courses through AAPC are great and prepare you for the exam.

    Pereza Corp

  • 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

  • A digital version of your textbook, Understanding Pathophysiology, 7th Edition (eBook); Huether, S. McCance, K; Elsevier; ISBN-13: 978-0-323-63908-8.

  • Access to certified coaches.

  • Certificate of completion.

Why train with AAPC?

> 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.

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

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