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Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC)® Online Training Course

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  • 16-week instructor-led training course

  • 30 CEUs on successful completion

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  • Three practice exams

  • Two certification exam attempts ($499 if purchased separately)

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The CRC course teaches fundamental medical coding skills for risk adjustment coding, along with the effects of predictive modeling and quality of care. 

When to enroll

This course is perfect for medical billers and coders who have at least two years of experience, want to gain knowledge in diagnosis codes for all risk adjustment models, and who want to earn the CRC credential.


AAPC trains over 20,000 new students annually for careers in medical billing and coding. Affirm your experience with employers and differentiate yourself as a certified risk adjustment coder. Demonstrate your knowledge of the various risk adjustment models, predictive modeling, and how to properly code in ICD-10-CM.

Education and experience

Two years of work experience is recommended. Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology is required to successfully complete this course. AAPC offers the following prerequisites:

Course length

Self-paced: Average time to completion is three months or less. 6-month access to course materials with options for extensions.

Instructor-led: 16 weeks from start date to completion. New courses start throughout the year.

Continuing education units (CEUs)

Receive 30 CEUs on successful completion. One-time use only. AAPC certified prior to enrollment; excluding CPCO, CIRCC, CPMA and specialty certifications. 

Financial options

Pay in full: Price includes $250 pay-in-full discount
Pay over time: Make easy monthly payments over 12, 18, or 24 months

Course curriculum overview

The CRC is the most popular choice for an additional certification from AAPC. CRCs play a critical role in clinical documentation improvement by focusing on the accuracy and completeness of medical documentation, particularly as it relates to capturing diagnoses and conditions that impact risk adjustment and reimbursement.

Certified risk adjustment coder training is both exhilarating and challenging. Throughout the course, you’ll learn the principles of risk adjustment and accurate diagnosis coding. You’ll also gain an understanding of predictive modeling, the financial impact of risk adjustment coding, documentation challenges, official diagnosis coding guidelines, and diagnosis coding in ICD-10-CM. 

Risk adjustment coding training objectives

  • Define different models of risk adjustment (HCC, CDPS, HHS-ACA, Hybrid) 

  • Comprehending the impact of diagnosis coding on risk adjustment payments 

  • Ability to identify documentation deficiencies and effectively communicate them to providers to improve accuracy of risk adjustment scores 

  • Apply ICD-10-CM official guidelines and meet compliance requirements 

  • Review and assign accurate medical codes for diagnoses 

  • Identify elements of the medical record 

  • Identify documentation deficiencies for diagnosis coding 

  • Understand the most common conditions in risk adjustment and how to properly code in ICD-10-CM 

  • Know the audit process for risk adjustment models 

  • Understand anatomy, pathophysiology, and medical terminology as they pertain to diagnosis coding 

Learning methods

AAPC understands that students learn in different ways—that's why we allow you to choose a learning style that fits you best. AAPC offers the following learning methods:

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Live instructor-led

  • Live instruction and classroom-paced training

  • 16-week course via 1.5 hour online live sessions per week

  • Highest exam pass rate

  • 66% better than no exam prep

  • New courses start every week

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Self-paced instruction

  • Flexibility to prepare for the exam on your own time and pace with on-demand coaching

  • Up to 6-month access to course materials

  • Average 80% exam pass rate

  • 50% better than no exam prep

What students are saying

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    Within a year of receiving the CRC certification... I was promoted to Risk Adjustment Project Manager and managed all of our risk adjustment programs for my entire market.

    Julia Mitchell

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    I changed job positions not long after becoming a CRC and now work for a large Medicare insurance payer. Without my CRC... such a great career move would not have been possible.

    Catherine Butterfield, MBA, CPC, CRC

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    The CRC is valuable to me for professional and personal growth. This credential helped to demonstrate risk adjustment competencies.

    Carmen Chaisson

Course bundle includes

In addition to the actual course of interactive online lectures, step-by-step coding processes, and all training needed to pass the exam, you’ll receive: 

  • Online practice exams
    Three 50-question practice exams to help you determine your readiness for the exam.

  • CRC exam (included in Self-Paced Max and Instructor-Led packages — a $499 value) 
    The CRC exam features 100 multiple-choice questions over 4 hours. Your package includes two exam attempts.

  • FREE BONUS: Practicode CRC Practicum (subscription included in Self-Paced Max and Instructor-Led packages — a $249 value)
    Practicode is a coding practice tool that helps you improve coding, giving you hands-on practice with real-world (redacted) cases. The tool evaluates your progress and helps you identify areas of weakness.

FAQs: Get your questions answered

What do certified risk adjustment coders do?

CRCs specialize in accurately assigning diagnostic codes to patient encounters based on medical record documentation. Their primary focus lies in risk adjustment coding, where they code conditions and illnesses that affect the severity of illness and risk profile of patients, crucial for various healthcare payment models.

How do I become a CRC?

The CRC training provided in this course will ensure you are fully prepared for a risk adjustment coding career and for the CRC exam. Once you successfully pass the CRC certification exam, you will become a certified risk adjustment coder.  

Is risk adjustment coding hard?

Risk adjustment coding can be challenging to learn even for experienced medical coders and billers. However, with dedication, practice, and commitment to ongoing education, you can excel as a risk adjustment coder. 

What is the salary for a CRC?

The median income for a CRC is $64,192. However, typically the more certifications a person has, the higher their pay will be. Medical records specialists with three or more AAPC credentials earn an average of $71,361 per year. 

Why train with AAPC?

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

> 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? We created the industry’s accreditations for medical coders and medical billers — and have been teaching these programs for more than 30 years. 

> Our exam pass rates are the highest in the industry. We provide the most trusted curriculum and top-rated training, resulting in exam pass rates that remain unmatched by other programs. 

> Join a network of over 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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