CPC Certification Cost and Exam information

To become a professional Medical coder there are few basic certification exams to clear. CPC (Certified Professional Coder) is the first and basic exam for Medical coders. Any graduate who wants to pursue a career in Medical Coding can give CPC exam. This Certification exam helps in both Physician side and Hospital side practices. There are two major Organizations who are offering Coding certification AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (American Health Information and Management Association).

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Facilities Provided by AAPC and AHIMA

AAPC offers certifications, local chapters throughout USA and workshops and study guides. In addition, there are monthly publications about the new updates and information in the field of medical coding. After going through publications we have to go through a set of questions, which will help us earn CEU (Continue Education Units). CEUs are to be submitted regularly at a certain period before the renewal of CPC certificate.

One has to have 2 years of experience to receive a CPC certificate. Those who have less than 2 years experience receive a CPC-A certificate. One can remove A from CPC-A certificate after getting a healthy experience of 2 years.  Coding certification exams questions are based upon the knowledge about ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS, Human Anatomy and Physician coding guidelines. CPC holders can work in variety of setting including Doctor’s office.   

Certification Exam Cost or Fee

Below is the exact amount for CPC exam.

$380 ($300 AAPC Students) – one free retake

An overall score of 70% or higher is required to pass an exam. 


The Exam Pattern followed for CPC exam
•        150 Multiple choice questions (Proctored)
•        5 hours 40 minutes to finish the exam
•        Open codebooks (Manuals)
•        One free retake     

There is a cutoff mark, which everyone has to pass or clear in the certification exam.
Passing Score: 105/150

Free CEUs

Below is the website link for more information.
Website: www.aapc.com

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Certification Exams conducted by AHIMA

AHIMA (American Health Information and Management Association) offers Certifications, professional development courses, exam preparation material and audio seminars.


Read also: How to prepare for CCS or Certified Coding Specialist Exam

CCS-P- Certified Coding Specialist – Physician
CCS-P holders work in variety of settings, including doctor’s offices, clinics and similar settings
CCS-P holders will be tested on their knowledge of ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, Vol.3, Human Anatomy and Physician coding guidelines.
CCS – Certified Coding Specialist
CCS holders work in variety of settings, including Hospital settings.
CCS holders will be tested on their knowledge of ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, Vol.3, Human   Anatomy and Hospital coding guidelines.

Exam Fees

Premier Member Price: $284.05
Member Price: $299
Non-member price: $399

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Exam Question Paper Pattern

Multiple Choice:  Correct answer = 1 point, Incorrect answer = 0 points
Multiple Select: Correct answers = 1 point (you have to select all right answers to get the entire question correct), Incorrect answers = 0 points
Quantity Fill in the Blank (QFIB): Correct codes = 1 point (each code that you enter will be worth 1 point), Incorrect codes = 0 points
The passing score is little high in AHIMA exams, so do have a healthy experience before appearing for such exams.
Passing Score: 300/400

Below is the website info, do checkout for further information.
Website: www.ahima.org

CEUs are required to retain CPC or CCS certification every year. Do check you CEUs submission date. I have shared a website were you can get Free CEUS for AAPC or AHIMA, do check them.