CPC® Certified Professional Coder
We are here to help you acheive your goal of becoming Certified in the Business of Healthcare. Medical Coding is the fastest growing career, but Coding is just a part of The Business of Healthcare. Our Goal is to help you acheive success in Coding, Billing, Auditing and Compliance
Why should I Become a
Certified Medical Coder?
You may have years of experience already in medical coding and/or Billing or you may just be starting your Journey.
Simply put, becoming Certified shows a prospective or current employer that you are committed for the long haul and place a High Value on Education. We assist you in attaining and maintaining your Credential, so we hope you stick with us long after you become certified. Medical Professionals are Lifelong Learners and we hope you will be one too.
For now let’s dig into what you will learn in our Professional Courses
What will I learn?
- Identify the purpose of the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code books
- Understand and apply the official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines
- Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes
- Identify the information in appendices of the CPT® code book
- Explain the determination of the levels of E/M services
- Code a wide variety of patient services using CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes
- List the major features of HCPCS Level II codes
- Provide practical application of coding operative reports and evaluation and management services
Jennifer McNamara CPC,CCS,CPMA,CRC,CGSC,COPC AAPC Approved Instructor
I am the Director of Education here at Ozark Institute and will bring you impact and results with my 18+ years of proven healthcare revenue cycle experience and effective instruction for 1000+ students as of 2021. I have learned to embrace the changes in the billing and coding space by embracing the movement to value based care and software deployment across specialties.
I am committed to teaching others the intricate world of billing and coding and the future of the space. Check out my weekly Podcast “Life as a Coder” for more information on The Business of Healthcare.
Have Any Questions?
We know you have many questions. Here are the answers to our most common questions.
Who Should Take an Online Course?
Our Online courses are designed for those who are self starters and love learning new things. Of course all students get access to our team when you have questions, or you can purchase a Course Membership option.
How Do I Access My Course?
Once you purchase a course, you will login to your account on the website to view all the courses you have registered for.
Are There Prerequisites or Language Requirements?
We do not have any pre requisite requirements but for Full courses such as CPC or CCS Exam prep we recommend taking our Anatomy course prior or simultaneously. The courses are presented in English.
Can I Take More than One Course at a Time?
Yes. You can take as many classes or webinars that you would like. All courses and webinars are available all year until March of the following calendar year.
My Payment Did Not Go Through. What Do I Do?
Use the Contact area of the website so we can troubleshoot your issues and arrange for alternative payment options.
How Does Online Learning Work?
The majority of our courses are lecture based with quizzes and/or exams. Following the completion of the content you will receive a CEU Certificate if applicable. Some courses are taken directly on the AAPC® Blackboard site.
You will receive instructions after you register.
How Much will I have to pay?
Great Question! Our course prices vary based on content and length. You can pay from $1200 to $2000 including Course access, Books, Exam and AAPC® or AHIMA® Membership.
How long will I have access to my Course?
We know you may have a busy schedule and many responsibilities so we make it easy to do On Demand and self paced, with access for 1 year. We do caution for Exams that are based on each Calendar year that you stick with the provided Syllabus and 8 to 16 week Schedule in order to test in the Calendar year your books are designed for.
Codes do change annually and we want you to be able to test with the books you have taken all of your notes in. If you cannot finish all you have to do is purchase new year books for next year and transfer your notes. You will also want to review the new book for Code changes and review those guidelines.
What Books will I need?
Depending on the Course you take you will need one or more of the Following books:
- 2022 CPT® Current Procedural Terminology Published by AMA®
- 2022 ICD10-CM(International Classification of Diseases Clinical Modification, 10th Revision) Any Publisher(Expert Recommended)
- 2022 HCPCS(Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System) Any Publisher
- Course Training Manual Included with course material
- Medical Dictionary of your choice(Steadmans Recommended)
Will I be able to find a Job after I am Certified?
That is the question we get most often. With any industry, when a Certification is a requirement then its the first step. As educators we cannot guarantee anything but we do offer Job Coaching and Resume Assistance discounts with our Partner Project Resume
There are many roads that lead to the right job for you and we will help you find it. Many of our 2021 Graduating students have found work and we will be here to help you as well.
Read more about the AAPC® Practicode program and it’s benefits for new coders
When should I purchase my AAPC or AHIMA Membership and Exam?
Each organization has its own requirements and prices but you should not purchase until you have completed your course and are ready to test. We can provide student discounts for AAPC Membership and Exam. You will want to wait until 6-8 week prior to exam date to complete these items.
What do I do between finishing the Course and my test date?
Well your work is not done. You will be working hard to finalize your notes in your books, taking many practice exams and completing your Exam Review. We will be here for you for a final prep session 1 week before your exam.
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Let’s get you started down the right path and Level up your Career