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AHIMA's CCA Certification Requirements

CCS exam candidates must have earned a high school diploma from a United States high school or have an equivalent educational background.

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least three years of on-the-job experience in:

  • Hospital-based inpatient coding for multiple case types (for example, circulatory, pregnancy, neoplasms, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders)
  • Hospital-based Ambulatory/Outpatient Care coding for multiple case types (for example, eye, musculoskeletal, integumentary, ENT, injury and poisoning, cardiac catheter, interventional radiology, and pain management)
  • AND
  • Completed coursework in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, or demonstrated proficiency in these areas
Source: AHIMA 2011
AHIMA's CCS-P Certification Requirements

CCS-P exam candidates must have earned a high school diploma from a United States high school or have an equivalent educational background.

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least three years of on-the-job experience in:

  • Coding for physician services in multiple settings (for example, hospital, emergency room, operating room, and physician office or clinic) utilizing codes in the E/M, surgery, medicine and/or anesthesia, radiology and laboratory chapters of CPT and HCPCS II
  • AND
  • Completed coursework in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, or demonstrated proficiency in these areas
Source: AHIMA 2011
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About Accreditation: Currently, there is no industry wide accepted accreditation for medical coding programs. Although AHIMA offers a small list of AHIMA approved coding programs (40 in the nation), many schools and institutions offer quality medical coding education and training, so their graduate are well prepared to sit for coding certifications through AAPC or AHIMA and to pursue careers as coding professionals.
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Alert: ICD-10 Transition
On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). The change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.


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Certified Coding Specialist (CCS, CCS-P)

A Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) is a medical coding
professional who is highly skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting. The CCS-P credential is for an equivalent coding practitioner who specializes in physician-based settings, such as physician offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers. CCS and CCS-P coders review patients' records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. They possess expertise in the ICD-9-CM and CPT coding systems and are knowledgeable about medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology. Certified Coding Specialists work in wide variety of facilities and institutions, such as hospitals, medical providers, research institutions, and public health agencies.

Importance of CCS and CCS-P Certifications

Most employers value CCS/CCS-P certification when looking at job candidates. Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations, and has an impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. In fact, certification has become an implicit industry standard. Accordingly, the CCS/CCS-P credentials demonstrate a practitioner's tested data quality and integrity skills, and mastery of coding proficiency. The CCS/CCS-P credentials can provide a competitive advantage when seeking a new job, career advancement, and salary increase. Professionals experienced in coding inpatient and outpatient records should consider obtaining this certification. To pursue this certification, one should have at least three years of professional coding experience. AHIMA's Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) oversees testing and certification.

RHIT vs CCS Certification

Both the RHIT and CCS/CCS-P certifications are offered by AHIMA. The CCS certification shows that you are a master of medical coding. The RHIT certification will enable you to move beyond coding and into other health information jobs. For those struggling to decide on which of the two certifications to pursue first, educators, coding professionals, and AHIMA strongly recommend that candidates pursue the RHIT certification first. By completing a CAHIIM accredited HIT program, candidates will be eligible to sit for the RHIT exam. However, to sit for the more demanding CCS exam, candidates should have extensive coding knowledge and atleast three years of on-the-job experience.

Getting the CCS or CCS-P Certification

The CCS or CCS-P credential is not for entry level coders. Candidates must pass a national examination to earn the CCS or CCS-P credential. Although there is no education requirement other than a high school diploma or equivalent, these professionals have typically completed a coding education program and mastered coding through on-the-job experience. AHIMA strongly recommends completing at least three years of experience prior to sitting for the credentialing exam.

AHIMA's CCS Certification Requirements
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Medical Coding Career Advancement and Salary Potential

Medical Coding provides opportunities for career advancement and increased salary potential. Coders can advance and broaden their careers by meeting additional education, experience, and certification requirements.
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Average Medical Coder Salaries by Credential

Coding Credential Average Salary
CCA $40,196
RHIT $54,880
CCS-P $60,084
CCS $60,919
Based on 2010 AHIMA Salary Survey

Medical Coding Career Outlook

The future for skilled medical coders is excellent. There are two major economic forces that cannot be ignored that will push the need for medical care -- the ARRA stimulus plan passed by Congress in 2009 is pushing the healthcare industry to become more data driven and the growing senior population in the US will require more healthcare services. Both will fuel the increase in demand for qualified professional medical coders. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in medical records and health information to increase by 21% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

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About Accreditation and Certifications: AHIMA and AAPC are the leading credentialing bodies for the medical coding industry. AHIMA also awards credentials for health information management professionals. AAPC offers their own coding courses and does not accredit coding programs outside of their organization. AHIMA offers a small list of AHIMA approved coding programs (approximately 40 in the nation). CAHIIM is the accrediting body of AHIMA for undergraduate and graduate level health information programs. While relatively few medical coding programs are officially AHIMA accredited, many schools and institutions offer quality medical coding education and training that prepare students to sit for certification exams and start their medical coding careers.

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This diploma program is the first step in launching your career in medical billing and coding. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as medical billing specialists, medical coders, and insurance claims analysts. The goal of this diploma program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as extensive training in anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility. This program is designed to prepare students for the following AHIMA certifications: CCA Certified Coding Associate, CCS Certified Coding Specialist, CCS-P Certified Coding Professional (physician-based).

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This Associate level program offers the curriculum from the diploma program and adds the general education classes needed for an associate degree. This provides more career flexibility and better chances for advancement. The goal of this program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as extensive training in anatomy, physiology, the disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility. This program is designed to prepare students for the following AHIMA certifications: CCA Certified Coding Associate, CCS Certified Coding Specialist, CCS-P Certified Coding Professional (physician-based).

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Alabama
Fortis Institute Birmingham
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Herzing University Birmingham
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Virginia College Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery
Arizona
Brookline College Coronado, Phoenix, Tempe
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Carrington College Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson
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Fortis College Phoenix
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Sanford Brown College Phoenix
California
American Career College Anaheim, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Ontario
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Carrington College California Antioch, Citrus Heights, Pomona, Sacramento, San Jose, San Leandro
  • Medical Billing & Coding - AS Degree
  • Medical Billing & Coding - Certificate
Institute of Technology Citrus Heights, Clovis, Modesto
Kaplan College Chula Vista, Riverside, San Diego, Vista
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Laurus College Atascadero, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria
  • Medical Billing
Colorado
Institute of Business and Medical Careers Ft. Collins, Longmont
Kaplan College Denver
  • Medical Billing and Coding
National American University Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver
  • Healthcare Coding
Connecticut
American Institute West Hartford
  • Medical Coding & Billing - Diploma
Branford Hall Career Institute Springfield
  • Health Claims Specialist - Diploma
Sanford Brown College Farmington
Delaware
CDM Institute Wilmington
  • Allied Health Medical Billing Specialist with Administration
  • Medical Assisting and Billing
Harris School Dover, Wilmington
  • Health Claims Specialist
District of Columbia
Medtech College
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Florida
American Career Institute Celebration
  • Medical Billing and Insurance Coding
ATA Career Education Spring Hill
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Florida Career College Brandon, Clearwater, Hialeah, Lauderdale Lakes, Miami, Pembroke Pines, W. Palm Beach
Florida Technical College Deland, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Fortis College Largo, Miami, Mulberry, Ocean Park, Winter Park
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
  • Medical Insurance Specialist
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist
Herzing University Orlando
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Southeastern College Greenacres, Jacksonville, Miami Lakes, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, Tampa
MedVance Institute Miami, West Palm Beach
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa
Southern Technical College Auburndale, Brandon, Mount Dora, Orlando, Sanford
  • Medical Billing and Coding - AS Degree
Virginia College Jacksonville, Pensacola
Georgia
Herzing University Atlanta
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Miller-Motte College Augusta, Columbus, Macon
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Sanford Brown College Atlanta
Virginia College Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah
Idaho
Carrington College Boise
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Illinois
Computer Systems Institute Chicago, Elgin, Gurnee
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Coyne College Chicago
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Northwestern Business College Bridgeview, Chicago
  • Health Information Technology
Sanford Brown College Collinsville, Hillside, Tinley Park
Indiana
Brown Mackie College Michigan City
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Harrison College Anderson, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, Terre Haute,
  • Medical Reimbursement Technology
Kaplan College Hammond
  • Medical Billing and Coding
National College Fort Wayne, South Bend
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Fort Wayne, Granger, Kokomo
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Sanford Brown College Indianapolis
Iowa
Brown Mackie College Bettendorf
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Kansas
Brown Mackie College Lenexa, Salina
  • Medical Coding and Billing
National American University Overland Park, Wichita
  • Healthcare Coding
Kentucky
Brown Mackie College Hopkinsville
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Daymar College Bellevue, Bowling Green, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah
Lincoln College of Technology Florence
  • Medical Coding and Billing
National College Danville, Florence, Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, Richmond
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Bowling Green, Erlanger
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Louisiana
Fortis College Baton Rouge
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Herzing University New Orleans
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Remington College New Orleans
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Baton Rouge, Shreveport / Bossier City
Maryland
All-State Career Healthcare Division Baltimore
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Fortis College Landover, Woodlawn
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Kaplan University Hagerstown
  • Medical Billing & Coding - Certificate
Kaplan - TESST College of Technology Baltimore, Beltsville, Towson
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Medix School Baltimore
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Landover
Massachusetts
American Career Institute Braintree, Framingham, Springfield, Woburn
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Health Training Center Attleboro, Brockton, Cambridge, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Worchester
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Kaplan Career Institute Boston
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Michigan
Dorsey Schools Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Waterford, Wayne
  • Medical Administration and Billing
Ross Medical Education Center Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Davison, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Madison Heights, New Baltimore, Port Huron, Portage, Roosevelt Park, Saginaw, Taylor
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Sanford Brown Institute Dearborn, Grand Rapids
Minnesota
National American University Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Falcon Heights
  • Healthcare Coding
Mississippi
Miller-Motte College Gulfport
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Biloxi, Jackson
Missouri
National American University Independence, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Weldon Spring
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Sanford Brown College Fenton, Hazelwood, St.Peters
Nevada
Kaplan College Las Vegas
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Carrington College Las Vegas, Reno
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
New Mexico
Carrington College Albuquerque
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
New Jersey
CDM Institute Jersey City, Lawrenceville, Marlton, Philipsburg, Toms River, Vineland, Wayne, Woodbridge
  • Allied Health Medical Billing Specialist with Administration
  • Medical Assisting and Billing
Dover Business College Clifton, Dover
  • Medical Insurance and Coding Administration - Diploma
Eastwick Colleges HoHoKus Schools Hackensack, Nutley
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Fortis Institute Lawrenceville, Wayne
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Harris School Cherry Hill Township, Hamilton, Linwood, Voorhees
  • Health Claims Specialist
Prism Career Institute Cherry Hill Township, West Atlantic City
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Iselin
New Mexico
Brookline College Albuquerque
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
National American University Albuquerque
  • Healthcare Coding
New York
Hunter Business School Levittown, Medford
  • Medical Billing Specialist
Sanford Brown Institute Garden City, New York, White Plains
North Carolina
Kaplan College Charlotte
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Miller-Motte College Cary, Fayetteville, Greenville, Jacksonville, Wilmington
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Virginia College Greensboro
Ohio
Brown Mackie College Akron
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Fortis College Centerville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cuyahoga Falls
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Medical Coding Specialist
Harrison College Columbus
  • Medical Reimbursement Technology
Herzing University Toledo
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Kaplan College Cincinnati, Columbus
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Lincoln College of Technology Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Franklin, Toledo
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Remington College Cleveland
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Cincinnati, Dayton, Niles, Ontario
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Sanford Brown College Cleveland
Oklahoma
Brookline College Oklahoma City
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Virginia College Tulsa
Oregon
Carrington College Portland
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Sanford Brown College Portland
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Pennsylvania
All-State Career Healthcare Division Essington
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Career Training Academy Monroeville, New Kensington, Pittsburgh
Fortis Institute Erie, Forty Fort, Scranton
  • Medical Transcriptionist / Insurance Billing Specialist
Kaplan Career Institute Harrisburg, Philadelphia
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Keystone Technical Institute Harrisburg
  • Medical Billing and Insurance Coding
Pennsylvania School of Business Allentown
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Prism Career Institute Upper Darby
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Monroeville, Trevose
YTI Career Institute Altoona, Mechanicsburg, Lancaster
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Rhode Island
Sanford Brown Institute Cranston
South Carolina
Fortis College Columbia
  • Medical Office Administration
Miller-Motte College Charleston
  • Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
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Remington College Columbia
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Spartansburg
South Dakota
National American University Jolly Acres, Sioux Falls, Watertown
  • Healthcare Coding
Tennessee
Fortis College Nashville
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
Kaplan Career Institute Nashville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
MedVance Institute Cookeville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Miller-Motte College Chattanooga, Clarksville, Nashville
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
National College Bristol, Knoxville, Nashville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Remington College Memphis, Nashville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Chattanooga, Knoxville
Texas
Carrington College Mesquite
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Fortis College Grand Prairie, Houston North, Houston South
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Kaplan - Texas School of Business Grand Prairie, Houston
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Kaplan College Arlington, Beaumont, Laredo, San Antonio
  • Medical Billing and Coding
MedVance Institute Grand Prairie, Houston
  • Medical Billing and Coding
National American University Allen, Austin, Lewisville, South Austin
  • Healthcare Coding
Remington College Dallas (Garland), Ft. Worth, Houston SE
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Austin, Dallas, Houston, Northloop, San Antonio
Southern Careers Institute Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Virginia College Austin
Utah
Eagle Gate College Layton, Murray, Salt Lake City
  • Medical Insurance Billing/Coding
Fortis College Salt Lake City
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
Virginia
Miller-Motte College Lynchburg
  • Electronic Health Records
National College Charlottesville, Harrisburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Salem
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Vienna
Virginia College Richmond
Washington
Carrington College Spokane
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
West Virginia
National College Parkersburg, Princeton
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Charleston, Morgantown
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Wisconsin
Herzing University Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Milwaukee
Wyoming
Institute of Business and Medical Careers Cheyenne
  • Medical Billing/Coding - Diploma


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