CPC Exam Preparation Classes at Northern Virginia Community College
Several of our staff members have gotten together and are teaching a class to prepare medical billers for the 5 1/2 hour Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exam from The American Accademy of Professional Coders . If anyone happens to be in the Washington DC area and would like to take the classes, I have included the course description and contact information at the college for you to sign up.
CPC (Certified Professional Coder) Exam Preparation
The CPC preparation course will take you through the principles and purpose of the CPT, ICD-9 CM and HCPCS coding manuals. This prep course will make you a better coder and enable you to assign procedures and diagnosis codes to the highest level of specificity. The CPC prep course uses instructional methods that include practice exercises, discussions, assignments, module review tests and much more to get you prepared for the exam. An important aspect of the prep course is that you gain access to the latest updates to be able to code with more accuracy. You have so much to gain and nothing to lose!
The course is intensive and uses the best course materials available along with solutions from knowledgeable and experienced instructors. The class will also present specialty coders from different areas of medicine. Get valuable test taking tips from the pros! You’ll learn what the test expects you to know, what format you can expect, and what you can skip. Everyday, you’ll tackle and review practice questions so that you’re prepared for the real thing.
- Test taking skills you’ll gain: Make the most of “open book.” Our expert instructor shows you her unique way to tag and highlight your coding reference books so that you can move quickly from question to question.
- Is that anatomy or medical terminology question a
stumper? Master these prefixes and suffixes and it will be a snap.
- Time management skills that help you pass. You’ve got 5 hours – but should you tackle that heart cath coding scenario or skip it? Here’s how to know for sure.
- ICD-9’s neoplasm table and why it’s an aspiring CPC’s best friend.
- When you shouldn’t code like you do in your office. Hint: Savvy test takers know how to use the multiple-choice format to save loads of time.
- Work with your instructor and peers to discover the test-taking strategies that work for you – and where you’re most likely to mess up. Successful test takers reveal where the test tries to trip you up. Hint: Here’s when ICD-9’s index is your worst enemy.
- Signs and symptoms coding rules that you must understand to ace diagnosis coding questions. Diagnosis coding tricks for diabetes, hypertension, the neoplasm table, burns, V codes and other ICD-9 challenges.
- 4th and 5th digits: Here’s what examiners want to make sure you understand.
- HCPCS: Do you know how to use the book?
Mandatory book requirements:
The CPC-P (R) Study Guide, CPT 2010 (AMA standard or professional edition only), your choice of ICD-9-CM 2010 (expert editions are allowed), your choice of HCPCS Level II 2010 (expert editions are allowed). These books will not be available in the campus bookstore, but they may be purchased online at www.aapc.com. These books will be used for the CPC open book exam and you may write in them.
Class Dates (10 Sessions):
Fri., May 21, Thurs., May 27, and Fri., Jun. 4, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., Jun. 12, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Fri., Jun. 18, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., Jun. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Fri., Jul. 9, Thurs., Jul. 15, and Fri., Jul. 23, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.; and Sat., Jul. 31, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NVCC Loudoun Campus
For More Information Contact:
Lisa or Clair
Workforce Development & Continuing Education at the Loudoun Campus