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AAPC Medical Coding Program

AAPC Medical Coding Program

 

 

 

 

What is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC)?A Certified Professional Coder (CPC) is a professional who reviews medical record documentation to abstract diagnoses and procedures documented by the healthcare provider, who then uses coding manuals (CPT, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS) to translate this information into code numbers.

What characteristics do professional coders possess? While the role of the Professional Coder does vary by organization, an individual that makes a good coder is one that is: Detail Oriented, Critical Thinker, Excellent Communication Skills, Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and loves to Read and conduct extensive Research.

Accreditation: Physician Practice Resources is an approved education provider through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Visit the AAPC’s website: https://www.aapc.com/training/medical-coding-training.aspx

Employment/Salary:  According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), the yearly average salary is based on the credentials you hold: one credential is $51,477; two credentials is $57,656; and three or more credentials is $66,659. To see what the annual medical coding salary is for you, click here to calculate your average medical coding salary you’d make, based on your credential, demographic, and job responsibility.

Note: We cannot guarantee that you can work from home upon completion of the program.

Job Placement: We do not offer Job placement services, nor can we guarantee employment, but we will provide a professionally designed resume.

Program Cost:       $2200 per student ($500 deposit is due at the time of registration), we do not participate in the federal financial aid program.

Computer Requirements: Personal Computer (not a tablet, or iPad), High-speed Internet connection and Webcam (optional)

Prerequisites: None, no prior training/knowledge is required.

Program Clock Hours:

  • 40 hours (live online sessions with course instructor, 2 hours per week)
  • 40 hours (Homework)
  • 20 hours (Computerized Chapter exams)
  • 200 hours (Coding internship) with Physician Practice Resources, Inc.

Class Hours: Days/Times Per Week: Monday Evenings or Saturday Afternoons

Certificate of Completion Issued:  Yes

Course Description: The student will learn principles of medical coding related to the three main code books: CPT®, ICD-10-CM Code Set and HCPCS Level II. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in medical coding for a physician’s office and strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for AAPC’s CPC certification examination.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the purpose of the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code books
  • Understand and apply the official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines
  • Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes
  • Identify the information in appendices of the CPT® code book
  • Explain the determination of the levels of E/M services
  • Code a wide variety of patient services using CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes
  • List the major features of HCPCS Level II codes
  • Provide practical application of coding operative reports and evaluation and management services

Course Content:

  • The Business of Medicine
  • Language of Medicine (Medical Terminology & Anatomy)
  • Overview and Application of ICD-10-CM Codes and Guidelines
  • Introduction to CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and Modifiers
  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Hemic & Lymphatic Systems, Mediastinum, Diaphragm
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System and Male Genital System
  • Female Reproductive System and Maternity Care & Delivery
  • Endocrine System and Nervous System
  • Special Senses (Ocular and Auditory)
  • Anesthesia
  • Radiology
  • Pathology & Laboratory
  • Evaluation & Management Services
  • Medicine

Methods of Evaluation:

The instructional methods used include reading assignments, practice exercises and other assignments, audio/video lectures, chapter review exams, and a final exam. To receive a certificate of completion, students must successfully complete the course within the allotted time frame of 20 weeks. Successful course completion includes:

  • A passing score of 70% or higher on all chapter exams, multiple attempts allowed
  • An overall final course score of 70% or higher

No reduced hours in the course or tuition discount for previous education or training will be granted.

Included Textbooks:

  • 2020 Medical Coding Training: CPC®; AAPC; AAPC publisher;
  • 2020 Medical Coding Training: Practical Application CPC®; AAPC; AAPC publisher
  • 2020 CPT® Professional Edition
  • 2020 ICD-10-CM code book
  • 2020 HCPCS Level II code book

Included Resources:

  • AAPC Membership
  • AAPC Practice CPC Exam
  • AAPC CPC Exam
  • Virtual Coding Internship
  • Professional Resume

Payment plans available: (Balance due week 10)

  • Weekly $ 170
  • Bi-weekly $ 340
  • Monthly $ 567

Medical Coding Training: CPC® Course Outline

Week Topic
1 Chapter 01 – The Business of Medicine
2 Chapter 02 – Medical Terminology & Anatomy
3 Chapter 02 – Medical Terminology & Anatomy
4 Chapter 02 – Medical Terminology & Anatomy
5 Chapter 03 – Introduction to ICD-10-CM
6 Chapter 03 – Introduction to ICD-10-CM
7 Chapter 04 – ICD-10-CM Coding Chapters 1-11
8 Chapter 04 – ICD-10-CM Coding Chapters 1-11
9 Chapter 05 – ICD-10-CM Coding Chapters 12-21
10 Chapter 05 – ICD-10-CM Coding Chapters 12-21
11 Chapter 06 – Introduction to CPT®, Surgery Guidelines, HCPCS, and Modifiers
12 Chapter 07 – Integumentary System
13 Chapter 08 – Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 09 – Respiratory, Hemic, Lymphatic, Mediastinum, Diaphragm

14 Chapter 10 – Cardiovascular System

Chapter 11 – Digestive System

15 Chapter 12 – Urinary System and Male Genital System

Chapter 13 – Reproductive Systems, Female Genital System, and Maternity

16 Chapter 14 – Endocrine System and Nervous System

Chapter 15 – Eye and Ocular Adnexa, Auditory Systems

17 Chapter 16 – Anesthesia

Chapter 17 – Radiology

18 Chapter 18 – Pathology/Laboratory

Chapter 20 – Medicine

19 Chapter 19 – Evaluation and Management
20 Chapter 19 – Evaluation and Management