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How to study and pass
the CPC exam to
become a certified
By Jim H May
If you’re looking for help on how to study and pass the CPC exam to get certified as a
medical coder, you have many options. There are a lot of programs out there designed
to help you out in different areas, with also the same variability in price. The
presentation and format of these self-help or CPC prep course also varies so you
should select one that will help you to best absorb all the information. These are among
some of the options you have.
Online or classroom CPC prep course
The AAPC recommends that you take a medical terminology and anatomy course, then
enroll in a CPC prep course before taking the exam. This is to make sure you are fully
prepared before going for the CPC exam. So you have a choice of preparing in an
online or classroom setting. Depending on your work and schedule you may go for
either one, as they’re both excellent ways to get started. Either way you need the official
CPC certification study guide for the current year of the exam.
There are training camps available to help you review the topics and exam techniques
before you go for the CPC exam. These are usually intensive preparatory courses that
feature an expert and may include other speakers that last a few days. Some are
specialized but most are to help you cover everything such as principles of ICD-9
coding, HCPCS coding, CPT coding, medical terminology, and others. You’ll find that
these training camps are scheduled quite regularly throughout the year and nationwide
to facilitate you. While they are intensive and feature great experts, these training camp
prep courses are expensive. And if they are not available in your local area, you’ll need
to shell out more for lodging and travel expenses.
If you can’t make it to a training camp, you could have the expert instructor come
directly to you instead. You can approach a training company such as those that
organizes the training camp and get a quote for on-site training. This option is of course
more expensive but if you could try to get a bunch of people together then the cost
could be reasonable. Otherwise you can directly contact the expert instructor you’re
interested in to arrange a one-to-one consultation. The great advantage of having a
personal coach is that you have their full attention. The prep course can be customized
to work on your problem areas.
There are a lot of resources online for you attend an online webinar conducted by an
expert instructor. Usually webinars are included as part of an online CPC exam prep
course to give exam takers further support. Webinars are excellent as you can attend in
the comfort of your own home but interact with the instructor to ask questions.
You can also find plenty of practice exams. They are usually online practice exams so
you can check your score instantly. But for true authenticity, you could also get paper
versions as well. These are designed to simulate the CPC exam, where you’re given
150 questions to answer in 5 hours and 40 minutes. The questions are meant to be as
close to the actual exam questions as much as possible, and some may be modeled
after past exam questions. The CPC exam is a test of your time management skill as
well as your coding skill as a lot of exam takers simply can’t finish answering all
questions within the time. By doing online practice exams, you’ll be able to learn how to
manage your time during the exam, which can determine whether you pass or fail.
Local AAPC chapters
Don’t forget your local AAPC chapter. They routinely organize CPC review classes
conducted by expert instructors. You should attend if given the chance as the instructors
could be your future exam proctors in your area. Their tips and advice will be suitably
localized for your area where you just can’t get from elsewhere. Here you also have a
chance to meet and mingle with other exam-takers to exchange ideas and learn from
one another. CPC review classes organized by your local AAPC chapter are usually
very cheap and very convenient for you.
If you’re looking for an online CPC review course to supplement your studies,
Laureen Jandroep’s Medical Coding Certification Review Blitz videos comes
highly recommended. Click on the link now to learn more!
Jim regularly updates his website HowToStudyForCPCExam, about how to
prepare and study for medical coding certification, ICD 10, medical coding in
general, the certification exam, and related news about the industry. You can
get great tips and useful resources to help you get certified. He also has a
review of medical coding certification blitz videos you can check out. Click on
this link to visit Jim’s website now!