Medical Coding and Billing Certification Exam Preparation Bundles
The AAPC offers an Online Bundle course for those training for medical coding and billing certification through either the CPC (Certified Professional Coder) or CPC-H (Certified Professional Coder-Hospital). The bundle includes the following:
An online preparation course that teaches necessary coding skills for the specified area (CPC or CPC-H) and prepares the student for the certification examination. The course is designed to be completed in four months or less.
Course-related materials, including a textbook and accompanying workbook. Note: These are not coding books; you must purchase those separately.
Up to three practice examinations.
The cost of taking the certification examination. You must take it within one year of enrolling in the course.
You can find out more about this bundle training at the AAPC website.
AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) also offers an online training program, called the Coding Basics Program. This 12-course program is broken down into clusters that are made up of specific courses. The program is more in-depth than other online programs and is structured closely to instructor-led classrooms.
To enroll in the online program, you must meet the prerequisite: proof of a C grade or better in a college-level, basic human anatomy and physiology course, or completion of AHIMA's qualifying course. You can find more information about the program on the AHIMA website.
Although a novice is eligible to enroll in either of these programs, the programs are really a better choice for individuals who are already familiar with healthcare.