Prep Course FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase any other manuals for this course?

Yes, you need a current ICD-10, CPT© and HCPCS manual. You will need a current year CPT©, Manual. plus a current year ICD-10 manual. It is also recommended to have a HCPCS manual as well. The HCPCS module is short, at most four hours, and you might want to borrow a manual if you are not currently working in a medical office.

Is the course book included?

Yes, the course workbook is included with your purchase. It will be shipped to you after you complete your purchase.

Why is your online coding certification prep course less than the AAPC or AHIMA versions?

  1. First, we do all our own work, both developing the content from our medical coding consulting business and developing and maintaining the our web site. The site was developed by medical coders and is updated by medical coders.
  2. Second, we focus on creating the very best content rather than hiring a staff of programmers who don’t know anything about coding.
  3. Third, our students include both corporate clients, new students, as well as mothers getting back into the workforce. The economies of scale of the Internet allow us to make a fair profit and offer very affordable training to everyone at a reasonable price.

Why do you have to limit the number of students taking the prep course at one time?

We take pride in helping you get certified and want to give each student the necessary assistance they need. Plus, we want to make sure our staff is available for questions. This can only be done by limiting the number of students we have in the course at one time.

If the course is closed please sign up for the waiting list and we will contact you as soon as a spot opens up.

Can you study online anytime or are there fixed class times?

You can study anytime, 7 days a week, twenty-four hours a day. The course is “study at your own pace” and we recommend studying about 1 to 2 hours at a time. There are no “classes to attend.” Standard duration is 180 days for each module. In addition, six month Course Extensions are available and reasonably priced at around 15 – 25% of the original price.

I’m a complete beginner. Should I take your Coding Certification Prep course?

Yes. All our online courses, unless specifically designated as intermediate or difficult, are suitable for novice or beginner students.

We cover basic, intermediate and advanced coding in this course. Just allow yourself a full six-months to study.

How long does it take to complete the Coding Certification Prep course?

Generally, the coding certification prep course can be completed in eighty hours (80 hours). That would be studying four hours per week for twenty-weeks. Standard access is for twenty-six weeks (26 weeks). Obviously the student can study as often as he/she likes, so this is just a ballpark. We recommend not studying more than two hours at a time. Retention is much better with shorter sessions versus a few marathon sessions of 4 – 8 hours.

To pass a Coding Certification Exam, such as the AAPC CPC© Exam, We recommend working all the text material, all the questions (well over 600) and at least ½ of the Operative Reports. In all there are over 125 Surgical Op Reports. Spending approximately 120 hours and working at least 75% of the Operative Reports is also recommended, especially if the student has not worked as a surgical coder.

Does the Prep Course cover Medicare guidelines and Billing?

Historically, there have not been Medicare or billing questions on the coding certification exams. We have taught Medicare seminars but there are only limited Medicare guidelines on the course.

Does the cost of the Coding Certification Prep Course include the cost of taking the actual Certification Exam?

NO. The price of the coding certification exam IS NOT included with our Prep course. You will need to contact the following associations:

Certification Information:

AAPC

http://www.aapc.com

Certified Professional Coder (CPC©), CPC-A© or CPC-H© or CPC-P©

AHIMA (312)-233-1100

http://www.ahima.org

Certified Coding Specialist – Physician (CCS-P©) or CCS©

Medical Coding Pro (and this course) are not affiliated with either AAPC or AHIMA.

Do you offer a discount for multiple students?

Yes, we do. We offer quantity discounts for:

2 – 4 Students

5 – 9 Students

10 or more students

What do I do if I need longer than 180 days to finish the Course?

We offer a six-month extension to the Prep Course for only $99.

IMPORTANT*** Due to the individual attention we give each student we are forced to limit this to only 10 students at a time. If you try to sign up and see the “Course Closed” sign please get on the mailing list and we will contact you as soon as a spot opens up!

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Here is a complete list of the topics covered: http://medicalcodingpro.com/prep-course-objectives

Here is a complete list of Operative Reports included: http://medicalcodingpro.com/prep-course-op-reports

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions: http://medicalcodingpro.com/prep-course-faqs