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Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office

Continuous changes in the medical billing and coding profession, as well as HIPAA changes, have created an incredible demand for people trained in coding. This nationally recognized Advanced Medical Coding for the Physician's Office (ACPO) online course will teach you diagnostic and procedural coding using CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II coding manuals. The Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office course is designed for students who have previous coding experience, have a basic coding education, or have completed the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding course.

You'll get important tips to increase your accuracy in code selections and make the billing process smoother, resulting in quicker and better reimbursement. This course will also prepare you for the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In addition, this course also helps prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

Please note that this course is for coders who are seeking training in advanced physician coding, not hospital coding. It is designed for coders working in, or seeking employment in, a physician’s office, clinic, or group practice. 

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Clemson University

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES103

What You Will Learn
  • Learn ICD-10 diagnostic coding, including subcategories and supplementary classifications.
  • Master CPT coding: How to use modifiers, specific codes, and section guidelines, and how to remain up-to-date with CPT coding changes.
  • Understand critical steps for better reimbursement through increased accuracy and compliance in CPT coding.
  • Refine your knowledge of Evaluation & Management (E/M) Code: Simplifying code selection, plus understanding and applying the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) E & M documentation guidelines (DG).
  • Understand official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines for diagnostic coding, including guidelines for outpatient coding and information on how to identify the special circumstances specified in the guidelines.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Ready yourself to take the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exam as well as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
  • Become eligible for career advancement after furthering your coding abilities
  • Increase your productivity inside a physician’s office, clinic, or group practice
  • Gain confidence in your advanced coding abilities


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Introduction and Expectations

Begin the course by learning about evaluation and management services. Review the fundamental knowledge needed to be a successful physician’s office coder.

Medical Departments

Discuss the various medical departments, such as radiology, pathology, and laboratory, and the corresponding codes needed for each.

Bodily Systems

Review the workings and codes needed to enter data regarding the integumentary, cardiovascular, digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, eye, auditory, and nervous systems.


Understand best anesthesia practices and the codes and information relevant to the procedure.

Reimbursements plus HCPCS Level II Coding

Learn about and practice entering data for reimbursements and HCPCS Level II Coding.

ICD-10-CM Coding

Complete the course by learning about ICD-10-CM Coding and its different functions required in your role.

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Instructors & Support

LaTisha Cottingham

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.

LaTrisha Howard

LaTrisha Howard has over 10 years experience in the healthcare industry. LaTrisha has expertise in coding Inpatient, Outpatient, and ER medical records. In addition to Ms. Howard’s experience in coding, she has experience in chart auditing and physician education. She is currently working as an ER Coder/Auditor for a physician billing and consulting service, and currently holds the CCS and CPC certification, as well as being a member of AHIMA and AAPC.

Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems, a master’s degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

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Prerequisites / Requirements


This is not an entry-level course. This course is designed specifically for students who have previous coding experience or education, such as the Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding course.

If you intend on participating in the CSS-P examination, you must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • By Credential: RHIA®, RHIT®, or CCS® OR
  • By Education: Completion of a coding training course that includes anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic/procedural and CPT coding; OR
  • By Experience: Minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • By Credential with Experience: CCA® plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Other Coding credential from other certifying organization plus one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes.

If you intend on participating in the CPC examination, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • At least two years medical coding experience. (Members with an apprentice designation are not required to have two years medical coding experience.)
  • Maintain current membership with the AAPC.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Professional Review Guide for the CCS-P Examination
  • 3-2-1 Code It!

You are also responsible for the costs of any certification exams.

The recommended reference material is optional, but we recommend purchasing the latest version should you choose to pursue for additional certifications:

  • CPT Professional
  • HCPCS Level II Professional
  • ICD-10-CM Professional for Physicians



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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a national certification?

Yes, the Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office course prepares students to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

Why would I want a national coding certification?

Many coders desire to take the next step in their career by obtaining a coding certification. These certifications demonstrate a high level of achievement and proficiency, which employers look for. In addition, certified coders often have more job opportunities and command higher salaries.

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