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AAPC - CPC Preparation Course Syllabus

(Physician-Based Medical Coding for CPC Certification)

Clock Hours: 80

Course Length: To be completed at the student's own pace within a 4-month period.  

Class Hours: Days/Times Per Week:

Online course, independent self-study, virtual classroom meetings; student may login to course at their own time schedule, no specific logon times. Student may email course content questions to Instructor at

Course Description: 

The student will learn principles of medical coding related to the three main coding manuals: CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS. This coding for a physician's office and strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for a physician's office and strongly recommended  for anyone who is preparing for the AAPC CPC certification examination. 

Course Objectives: 

-Identify the purpose of the CPT & ICD-10-CM manuals

-Identify the information in appendices of the CPT manuals 

-Explain the levels of E/M services

-Code a wide variety of patient services using CPT codes

-List the major features of Level II National Codes 

-Apply coding and conventions when assigning diagnoses codes 

-Understand the official ICD-10-CM coding principles 

-Assign ICD-10-CM codes to the highest level of specificity

Course Content: 

-Anatomy and Word Elements 

-Documentation, Reimbursement, and Compliance

-Overview of ICD-10-CM diagnoses coding

-Using the ICD-10-CM manual 

-Introduction to CPT, HCPCS, and Modifiers

-Evaluation & Management

-Anesthesia and General Surgery

-Integumentary System and Musculoskeletal System

-Respiratory System

-Cardiovascular System

-Hemic & Lymphatic Systems, Mediastinum. Diaphragm, & Digestive System

-Urinary System, Reproductive System, Nervous System, & Special Senses

-Radiology and Pathology & Laboratory 


-Mid-term & Final Exam 

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