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Certified Outpatient Coder

Medical coding for outpatient facilities is an important skillset to help outpatient hospitals/facilities receive appropriate reimbursement and maintain compliance with coding guidelines and government/payer regulations. The material is presented in a step-by-step manner, and you will learn by completing readings and completing interactive lectures. The course also includes quizzes and exams, so you can test your skills at regular intervals throughout the material. Through these methods, you will learn essential introductory and advanced medical coding skills for outpatient hospitals/facilities.

You will also receive access to the AAPC Advanced ICD-10-CM Online Code Set Training which will take your ICD-10-CM coding skills to a higher level. You will get hands-on training that includes coding for conditions such as, clinical concepts for comprehensive coding of conditions, insight on chronic and acute conditions, and practical coding exercises. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam.

This course offers enrollment with or without a voucher. The voucher is prepaid access to AAPC membership, COC practice exams, access to the Practicode tool, and the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™) exam.

6 Months / 200 Course Hrs
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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES153

What You Will Learn
  • Learn fundamental medical coding skills
  • Acquire skills needed to review medical records and determine the appropriate CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-10-CM code sets
  • Understand government/payer regulations
  • Master coding for various conditions, including chronic and acute varieties
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam
  • Gain AAPC membership, COC practice exams and access to the Practicode Tool
  • Help outpatient hospitals and facilities receive appropriate reimbursement
  • Evaluate your skills throughout the course by completing quizzes and exams


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Outpatient Facilities and Departments

Begin the course by learning about outpatient facilities, outpatient hospital departments, typical outpatient hospital flow, typical ASC flow, Medicare resources, and CMS payment systems.

Facility Billing

Understand the types of payers, outpatient code editor, and how Medicare appeals tie into the everyday duties of your job.

Documentation and Standards

Learn the documentation and coding standards needed to succeed at work. This section of the course will cover anatomy and medical terminology, an introduction to ICD-10-CM coding, coding guidelines, and how to apply ICD-9-CM to your coding methods.

Body Systems

Understand the various functions of and codes for different parts of the body, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems.

Hospital Departments

Develop an understanding of the different hospital departments and learn the corresponding codes for each one.

Patient and Payment Systems

Learn about the CMS and outpatient prospective payment system, as well as the CMS and inpatient prospective payment system. The lesson will also cover inpatient coding and receive an introduction to ICD-10-PCS.

  1. Outpatient Hospital Facilities and Departments
    1. Outpatient Facilities
    2. Outpatient Hospital Departments
  2. Business in the Facility
    1. Typical Outpatient Hospital Flow
    2. Typical ASC Flow
  3. CMS Payment Systems (OPPS, DRG, IPPS, Revenue Codes) Overview
    1. Medicare Resources
    2. CMS Payment Systems
  4. Facility Billing
    1. Types of Payers
    2. Outpatient Code Editor (OCE)
    3. Medicare Appeals
  5. Compliance in the Outpatient Facility
    1. Compliance in the Facility
    2. OIG Work Plan
    3. Teaching Facilities
  6. Documentation and Coding Standards
  7. Anatomy and Medical Terminology
  8. Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding
  9. ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines with ICD-9-CM Application
  10. Introduction to CPT®, HCPCS Level II, Surgery Guidelines, and Modifiers for Facilities
    1. Introduction to CPT
    2. Introduction to HCPCS Level II
    3. Introduction to the Global Surgical Package and Modifiers
  11. Evaluation and Management Services for Facilities
  12. Integumentary System
  13. Musculoskeletal System
  14. Respiratory, Hemic, and Lymphatic Systems
  15. Cardiovascular System
  16. Digestive System
  17. Urinary System and Male Genital System
  18. Female Reproductive System
  19. Endocrine and Nervous Systems
  20. Eye, Ocular Adnexa, and Auditory Systems
  21. Radiology
  22. Pathology and Laboratory
  23. Medicine
  24. CMS and Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  25. CMS and Inpatient Prospective Payment System
  26. Inpatient Coding Overview with an introduction to ICD-10-PCS
    1. Introduction to ICD-10-PCS Guidelines – Parts 1 & 2
  27. Midterm and Final Exam
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Instructors & Support

Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins

Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CMPA, CANPC, CIRCC, RN, CRNA (retired), has more than 30 years of experience in health care working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Her CRNA work involved open heart, neurological, and thoracic anesthesia. After retirement from anesthesia, Ms. Jenkins worked as a coder and consultant for a physician billing company. While developing a passion for coding, she became a coding instructor and has taught many classes for CPC® certification. Ms. Jenkins has reviewed coding and text for AAPC, edited numerous books on physician coding, and has spoken to coding groups and physicians.

Krishna Kant

Krishna Kant, COC, is a Coding Coach in the Education Department at AAPC. He joined AAPC in 2014 and has been coaching students enrolled in AAPC's online Distance Learning classes including Medical Terminology, COC & CPC certification courses. He is a proud military veteran having served for 15 years in the Navy. He has worked for 14 years in the US Healthcare Industry and spent 10 years of his healthcare career in medical transcription.

Nitesh Kareer

Nitesh Kareer, COC, has more than 12 years of experience in Medical Transcription Industry working as a Medical Transcriptionist, Trainer, Quality Analyst, and Quality Manager. He was also involved in Vendor Management and Training for assurance of quality services to the client. He started working as a medical coder in 2012. Nitesh joined AAPC in 2014 and since been working as a coding coach involved in answering student's queries and grading their course assignments.

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Strong knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 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 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:

  • AMA's CPT® Professional
  • HCPCS Level II Professional
  • ICD-10-CM Expert for Physicians with Guidelines

The recommended reference material is optional, but it is recommended that you purchase the latest version should you choose to pursue for additional certifications:

  • Medical dictionary, any publisher


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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 to sit for the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). If you enrolled in the "voucher included" option, you will also receive a pre-paid voucher for the exam and AAPC membership after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

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 email) 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 about financial assistance.

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.

How do I get my COC certification?

After successfully completing this online course, if you selected the voucher included version, you will receive a prepaid voucher to register for the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) Exam and schedule your test date. Registration should be done three weeks prior to the exam date. After passing the COC exam, you will have your COC-A designation without 2 years of prior experience. Completion of the COC Practicode (included with the voucher version) will qualify as 1 year of experience towards the full CPC designation. Completing this program also qualifies for 1 year of experience, thus completing both steps and passing the COC exam will provide you with the full Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) designation and remove the Apprenticeship status.

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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.