Certified Inpatient Coder (Voucher Included)
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 this course's flexible online format, you can prepare for the CIC™ exam on your own schedule.
George Mason University
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 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
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 6 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 170 course hours
- Inpatient Facilities and Related Hospital Departments
- Anatomy and Medical Terminology Review
- Inpatient Documentation and Coding
- Inpatient Diagnosis Coding – General Guidelines
- Inpatient Diagnosis Coding – Chapter Specific Guidelines
- ICD-10-PCS Procedure Coding
- CMS and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems
- Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems
- Regulatory and Payer Requirements
- Business in the Facility
- Compliance in the Facility
- Inpatient Coding Cases
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.
While there is no experience requirement, it is strongly recommended that you have at least two years of experience in inpatient coding or an inpatient coding course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. A Chromebook is not compatible.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 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).
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
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
Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.
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.
Yes, you will be prepared for the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) Certification Exam.
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.
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.
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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
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.
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 about financial assistance.
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