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Certified Inpatient Coder

Demand for medical coders will grow 13% by 2026, so there’s no better time to advance your career. This online medical coding course will train you to become a Certified Inpatient Coder. 

The AAPC Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™) credential proves that you are an expert in inpatient medical records review. Earning CIC™ certification requires previous work experience, so most professionals prepare for the exam while working full-time. With our flexible online format, you can prepare for the CIC™ exam on your own schedule. This course offers enrollment with or without a voucher. The voucher is pre paid access to sit for the certifying exam upon eligibility. 

6 Months / 170 Course Hrs
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College of Central Florida

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES199

What You Will Learn
  • How to apply the official ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding guidelines for diagnoses and procedures
  • Understand the different types of hospital facilities and their documentation and coding standards
  • Understand the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) coding guideline
  • Differentiate between inpatient and outpatient services and payment methodologies (IPPS and OPPS)
  • Understand the difference between MS-DRGs and APC assignments
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 170 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Holding the CIC™ certification credential validates the expert level knowledge
  • Specialized medical coding experience helps with career advancement
  • According to Indeed.com, more remote coding positions are available for certified inpatient coders

Outline

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I.   

Inpatient Facilities and Related Hospital Departments 

II.   

Anatomy and Medical Terminology Review 

III.   

Pharmacology 

IV.   

Inpatient Documentation and Coding 

V.  

Inpatient Diagnosis Coding – General Guidelines 

VI.   

Inpatient Diagnosis Coding – Chapter Specific Guidelines 

VII.   

ICD-10-PCS Procedure Coding 

VIII.   

CMS and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems 

IX.  

Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems 

X.   

Regulatory and Payer Requirements 

XI.   

Business in the Facility 

XII. 

Compliance in the Facility 

XIII. 

Inpatient Coding Cases 

Instructors & Support

Kathryn Williamson

Kathryn Williamson, CPC, CIC, is the education specialist for the inpatient curriculum at AAPC. Prior to working in an outpatient medical facility, she started her career as a dental assistant. She has been a medical coder for over 6 years and works as sole on-site coder for a 40-bed full-service hospital.

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

While there is no experience requirement, we strongly recommend that you have at least two years of experience in inpatient coding or an inpatient coding course. 

Requirements:

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.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player or a similar program.
  • 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.

Other:

  • 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: 

  • ICD-10-CM Expert for Hospitals
  • ICD-10-PCS Expert

FAQs

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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 certification?

Yes, you will be prepared for the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) Certification Exam.

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?

This course is non-credit, so it does 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: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

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About Certification

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is one of the world’s most recognized institutions for professional medical coders, with more than 175,000 members. The AAPC offers more than 30 certifications that include medical billing and coding, compliance, and management, among other topics. These certifications are an excellent way to prove you have a working knowledge of specific aspects of healthcare, and the skills you need to practice in the field. All AAPC certifications share a common goal: help everyone from beginners to experienced professionals advance their careers and contribute positively to the industry.