AAPC - Advancing the Business of Healthcare

Certified Documentation Expert Inpatient

Certified Documentation Expert Inpatient (CDEI)® Online Training Course

Exam preparation
Take the self-paced CDEI certification training course. $1,199 for members ($2,004.95 for non-members).

The CDEI Online Training Course teaches the principles of clinical documentation improvement for inpatient facility documentation. 

When to enroll

This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in clinical documentation improvement and wants to earn the CDEI 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 documentation expert for inpatient facilities.

Education and experience

We strongly recommend you have at least two years of inpatient coding experience and a coding certification. Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and pathophysiology are required to successfully complete this course. AAPC offers the following prerequisites:

Course length

Self-paced: Average time to completion is two months or less. 4-month access to course materials with options for extensions.  

Continuing education units (CEUs)

Receive 20 CEUs on successful completion. AAPC certified prior to enrollment; some certifications excluded.

Financial options

Pay over time: Make easy monthly payments over 12, 18, or 24 months.

Course curriculum overview

The CDEI Online Training Course will cover essential topics like the benefits of clinical documentation improvement programs, documentation requirements and tips, payment methodologies, and clinical conditions — including common signs, symptoms, and treatments. By the end of the course, you will be ready to prove your proficiency on the CDEI certification exam.

Documentation expert training objectives

  • Define benefits of clinical documentation improvement programs

  • Describe the implementation of a clinical documentation improvement program for inpatient facilities

  • Explain the HIPAA privacy rule, including details on protected health information, minimum necessary, sharing of information, and enforcement

  • Identify medical record documentation standards and record retention standards

  • Define the proper use of queries and effective provider communication

  • Describe quality measures and how they apply to clinical documentation

  • Summarize inpatient payment systems

  • Apply ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS guidelines to clinical documentation

  • Identify documentation deficiencies and resolutions in clinical documentation cases

What students are saying

  • Gabriel Aponte Moberg testimonial photo


    By obtaining the CDEI credential, I not only reinforced my experience but also showcased it to clients.


  • 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

  • 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

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?

> 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.

Questions about this course or AAPC certifications?