Recommended Steps to Prepare for the CPC® Exam
Learn more about the CPC® Exam
- STEP 1
A strong understanding of medical terminology and anatomy are required for medical coding and tested thoroughly during the CPC® exam. These
2-month courses should be considered by anyone wanting to learn medical coding or for experienced coders who may be weak in these areas.
- STEP 2
Available either online or in the classroom, this course prepares students for
a medical coding career in an outpatient physician office. Individuals planning to sit for the CPC® exam should have strong coding experience
/knowledge or have successfully completed this course.
- STEP 3
CPC Self-Paced Online Exam Reviews provide valuable test prep such as demonstrating techniques for marking and using code books. Each session is an area of focus on the exam and will provide a review of key concepts, test taking tips and strategies, and a review of most commonly missed questions.
- STEP 4
The CPC® study guide reviews each section of the CPC® exam in detail and provides practical
examples, sample questions, and test taking techniques. If you have coding experience or have successfully completed medical coding training (such as the courses listed above), this
385 page study guide will optimize exam preparation.
- STEP 5
These 50-question online practice exams are strongly recommended for anyone taking the CPC® exam. Emulating the content and difficulty
level of the actual exam, these practice exams allow you to become more familiar with the format and time constraints of the real test. The three practice exams, equaling the length
of the 150-question exam, can be purchased separately or as a complete bundle.
Although limited in availability, review classes are offered by AAPC local chapters and AAPC instructors as an additional means to help prepare for our exams. They are generally one day
and range from three to eight hours in length.