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Online Courses

I would like to become certified as a CPC® or COC™ (formerly CPC-H®), what courses are available?
AAPC offers both a CPC® Preparation course and a COC™ (formerly CPC-H®) Preparation course. The CPC® Prep course teaches physician office coding and helps to prepare a student for the CPC® certification exam. The COC™ Prep course teaches coding for an outpatient hospital/facility setting and helps to prepare a student for the COC™ certification exam. These are self-study courses in which students work at their own pace, from home, to complete each course within a 4-month timeframe. For students who prefer to take a classroom based course, many PMCC instructors teach throughout the US.

Are there any prerequisites for the CPC® or COC™ Preparation Courses?
Students should have a strong knowledge in the areas of anatomy and medical terminology. The AAPC offers online self study courses that teach these subjects for students without prior knowledge.

How do the online Distance Learning courses work, and what do I need to get started?
Students are given access to an online course site where the course is held, and they may log in at any time of day at their own convenience to complete course work. There will be a combination of assignments, quizzes, and tests that are taken and submitted online. Some courses include audio lectures. Every course, (with the exception of the COC course), includes a textbook for reading assignments. Work is graded and scores are posted online. Upon successful completion of the course a certificate of completion is issued. Students must have a high speed internet connection with compatible Web Browser and Operating System (PC or Mac), Windows Media Player, and Adobe Reader.

What happens after I sign up for a course? When can I get started?
Newly enrolled students will receive a welcome email within 2 business days of purchase that contains their course login instructions, username, & password. The first assignment in each course is a reading assignment, so students will need to wait for their textbook delivery to officially get started. Students will receive their textbooks within 5-7 business days from purchase. Students enrolled in the CPC or COC (formerly CPC-H) courses may get started as soon as they receive their welcome email, as the initial reading assignments are all online.

After I complete the CPC®/COC™ course, do I need to take the CPC®/COC™ certification exam by any specific date?
Certification is not a requirement upon completion of any AAPC courses. You may sign up for the exam when you feel ready. Some students prefer to take the exam soon after their course completion while the information is fresh in their minds. Others prefer to wait and continue to build on the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired through online practice exams, study guides, exam reviews, etc.

What help do I receive to assist me in my course?
Coaches are available via email or phone to assist you with your questions while you are going through the program. Students also have access to online blogs and forums so that they may network with other students or AAPC members.

What is the difference between the Medical Billing and Reimbursement course and the CPC® Preparation course?
The CPC® Preparation course teaches physician office coding, such as how to assign the proper diagnosis and procedure codes from operative reports and patient charts. This course also helps to prepare you for the CPC® exam. The Medical Billing and Reimbursement course emphasizes billing and only lightly touches on coding. It is not intended to prepare you for a certification exam. This course teaches medical billing and reimbursement issues, such as how to take the codes that have already been assigned by the coder and process a claim form, and how to work with 3rd party payers to make sure the claim is processed correctly. It is important that a coder understands billing issues as it helps to decrease claim denials and increase reimbursement. An understanding of billing will also expand a coder’s career opportunities.

Does AAPC have training courses for the CPC-P®?
AAPC offers a CPC-P® study guide and online practice exams, but currently there is not an online course available for CPC-P® training.

Is AAPC accredited? And do you offer financial aid?
As we are not a traditional school or university, the AAPC is not accredited by the Department of Education, and therefore not eligible to participate in federally funded financial aid or grant programs. The AAPC is registered and adheres to the strict guidelines of the state of Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act, where our home office is located. Financial assistance may be available for a course taught at a traditional college by one of our licenced PMCC Instructors.

Can I obtain CEUs for the Distance Learning courses?
Yes, but AAPC does not issue CEUs prior to certification. For certified members, the following CEUs may be earned for successful completion of each course:

  • Medical Terminology: 20 CEUs
  • Anatomy: 20 CEUs
  • CPC® Preparation: 40 CEUs
  • COC™ Preparation: 40 CEUs
  • Medical Billing & Reimbursement: 40 CEUs

Does the online course qualify for one year experience when applying to take the certification exam?
Completion of either the CPC® or COC™ (formerly CPC-H®) Preparation courses will waive 80-hours of coding education which is equivalent to one year work experience. The student does not need to submit proof of completion, AAPC will verify this experience as met once the course is completed.

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Instructor-led Classes

How do I locate a class?
Please use our Locate a Medical Coding Class tool. There you can search by state. Click on details and you will see the contact information. Call contact for additional details for course start date, length of course and cost.

Does taking a classroom course qualify for one year experience when applying to take the certification exam?
Completing an 80 hour or more classroom course will waive one year experience. A letter or certificate of completion indicating hours completed must be submitted to the AAPC to verify course completion.

Are there any courses that should be taken prior to this class?
Students should have experience or have taken a medical terminology and anatomy course.

How do I become an AAPC approved instructor or provider?
Please review our Team Up With AAPC page.

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