Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam: Frequently Asked Questions

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So you’re thinking about a national certification exam? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get from students and graduates preparing to get certified. For the most up-to-date information and more detail, you should visit the AAPC website.

CPC Exam FAQs (the CPC is offered through AAPC):

How much does it cost?
You must be a member of AAPC to take the CPC exam. The CPC exam costs $300 and membership costs $125. As long as your Career Step medical billing and coding online course access is still current, you qualify for the student membership price of $70.

How do I sign up for the CPC?
You must register for the CPC and schedule it at least 3-4 weeks in advance from your desired testing date. Exam availability and dates are posted on the AAPC website. The exams are offered through local AAPC chapters, and there are usually multiple chapters in every state. As each chapter offers exams 4 times a year, there is usually an exam date every few months.

Where do I take the test?
You take the CPC exam in person at a local testing center. To locate an exam site for the CPC:

Am I allowed to bring any notes or books?
You are only allowed to bring your three code books with you the day of the exam (your ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS). The code books must be versions from the current or previous year. You cannot have anything attached/glued/stapled into your books, but you can highlight, tab, and have notes handwritten on the pages.

How many questions are on the CPC?
The CPC exam is a 150 question exam—all multiple choice. You have 5 ½ hours to complete it.

What kinds of questions are on the exam?
About 70% of the questions are coding scenarios and the rest cover topics such as medical terminology, anatomy, etc.

What do I have to score to pass?
An overall score of 70% is a passing score on the CPC exam. Exam results are provided to you within 7-10 days following the exam date.

What if I don’t pass?
If you do not pass, AAPC provides you with scores from your weakest areas to help you study for a second attempt. A free retake on the CPC is included with the price you paid for the first attempt. You can retake the exam as soon as another exam date is available.

What is the Apprentice status?
If you do not have 2 years of work experience before taking the CPC exam, you will receive a CPC-A credential after passing. The “A” stands for apprentice. Once you submit proof of 2 years of coding work experience, you can have the apprentice status removed from your credential. The Career Step program satisfies one of the two years required.

What if I move? Will I ever have to recertify?
The CPC is a national exam and is thus recognized in all 50 states. Once you pass, you do not have to retake the exam itself again as long as you submit 36 CEUs to AAPC every 2 years. For more information on CEUs, you can visit AAPC’s website.

What is the best way to prepare for the exam?
Everyone studies a little differently. Here are a few ideas:

  • Review areas you could improve on the Career Step final exam. If you passed your Career Step final exam on your first try, take advantage of the available retakes for additional practice.
  • Review the reports in the practicum and the information in the program.
  • Use the Career Step forums and Career Step support team for tips on the certification exams.
  • AAPC sells 3 practice exams and prep books that some students recommend for added preparation.

We hope all your questions about medical billing and coding have been answered with this post. Still have some questions? Feel free to call us or request more info on our website.


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  1. crystal watson April 16, 2016

    how many reports on the cpcexam

    Hi Crystal,
    Thanks for your question! The CPC exam does not have reports but there are coding scenarios. The following link shows a breakdown of the questions for the CPC exam: https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-1

    Best wishes

  2. cheri clark July 03, 2016

    What is the difference between cca and cpc? Are they multiple choice?

  3. Career Step July 05, 2016

    Hi Cheri,

    That’s a great question! We actually have a blog post about what you need to know about each certification exam. You can read it here:
    http://www.careerstep.com/blog/coding-and-billing/cpc-or-cca-the-big-question-for-new-coders

    The CCA exam is a 2-hour test with 100 multiple-choice questions and the CPC exam 150 question exam—all multiple choice. You have 5 ½ hours to complete it.

    Hope this helps answer your questions-best of luck on the certification exam!

  4. santosh July 14, 2016

    Hi i am from india. I dont have degree. Can i do the cpc certification exam.

  5. coding support July 18, 2016

    Hi Santosh,
    Thank you for your question!
    A degree is not required to be a medical coder. please check with http://www.aapc.com for availability of testing in your country.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  6. sumit kumar dixit July 21, 2016

    Hi my name is sumit i want to know when will aapc announce the result of cpc exam which was held on date 07/16/2016.how much question ask in coc exam

  7. Akila July 24, 2016

    Book will provided for exam or we have to bring for the exam.on Sep 17 2016 I have booked for my exam
    Thanks in advance

  8. Career Step July 26, 2016

    Hi Sumit
    Thank you for reaching out to us! Normally it takes 1-2 weeks to receive the result of your exam and there are 150 questions!

    Best of luck!

  9. Career Step July 26, 2016

    Hi Akila:

    You will need to bring your own coding books for the exam.  You can find a list of approved manuals at https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-2

    Good Luck on your exam!

  10. Priya August 01, 2016

    Hi,

    Once we cleared the CPC exam , how long it would be take to get CPC certificate.

  11. Priya,
    Once you have taken your CPC, results should be in your AAPC login approximately 1 week after taking the exam. Your CPC certificate should arrive to you approximately 2 weeks after you have passed the exam.

    Good luck with your studies.

  12. Ajitsara August 05, 2016

    if it’s degree based job ?

  13. coding support August 08, 2016

    Ajitsara,
    The employers may have a preference, generally certification is required.

    Hope this helps!

  14. dr kitty wadhwani August 10, 2016

    hello i m planning to gve the exams in mumbai but aapc is providing the books in south cities but not in mumbai i m having difficulty to get the books here as i had choosen the centre in mumbai

  15. coding support August 10, 2016

    Hi Dr. Wadhwani
    Thank you for letting us know.  AAPC is in charge of proctoring the CPC exam.  You will want to check directly with AAPC for information on testing locations and availability.

    Best wishes!

  16. chintu August 15, 2016

    Would like to know the steps to apply for free retake in coc exam

  17. coding support August 15, 2016

    Hi Chintu,
    To register or retake the COC exam, please contact AAPC directly at http://www.aapc.com.

    Hope this helps!

  18. Nesma Abd Elaziz August 20, 2016

    Can I take the exam without enrolling for the course by only register and becoming a member and pay the exam fees??

  19. arunjunii.kannan August 21, 2016

    Hi,my cpc certification cancelled due to not submit my CEU, what can i do to retain my certification.. Kindly reply for it

  20. coding support August 22, 2016

    Hi Nesma,
    AAPC has a list of certification requirements for the CPC at: https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-3 

    The completion of a coding program is not required, but strongly recommended before taking the exam.

    Best wishes!

  21. Arunjunii,

    To retain your certification, you will need to retake the CPC exam. This is the only way to receive this credential back. Once you have retaken the CPC, make sure that you keep up with your CEU’s so that you do not have to retake the exam a 3rd time.

    Good luck!

  22. Shine August 25, 2016

    Hi, I just want to ask on how to become a CPC do I need to finish the medical coder/biller course or I can go ahead and take the CPC course online?
    I have finished my BS degree in nursing.
    Thanks

  23. vijay August 25, 2016

    Hi,

    Please advise what is the fees of second attempt of exam, as is have taken two test in on attempt.

  24. mahammad shareef August 27, 2016

    Hi,I Have a ‘student’ membership from AAPC till Aug-2017.I will get CPC exam in sept-2016 in order to get exam whether i have to become member again? is ‘student’ membership not enough?....from INDIA

  25. jessica August 28, 2016

    I’m taking the CPC exam in Sept 2016 can i use my cpc d hcpcs books from 2015, and then just buy the icd 10 book.

    Thanks

  26. coding support August 29, 2016

    Hi Vijay,
    AAPC provides a free re-take for the CPC if you don’t pass on the first attempt. A third attempt would have to be paid for.

    Hope this helps!

  27. coding support August 29, 2016

    Hi Shine,
    AAPC recommends completion of a coding program before taking the CPC. It is not a requirement, but highly recommended.

    Best wishes!

  28. Mahammad,

    Since you already have a student membership with AAPC, you should not need to purchase a second membership in order to take the CPC. Your current membership is sufficient. The next time you will need to pay for a membership will be in August of 2017.

    Good luck with taking the CPC exam.

  29. Coding Support August 30, 2016

    Hi Jessica,

    I would definitely use the 2016 CPT/HCPCS books, as there were more than 300 changes between the 2015 edition and 2016 edition. Using 2015 books, will put you at a disadvantage on this exam.

    Good luck with your studies.

  30. Jinal August 31, 2016

    Hello
    I am planning to take the CPC exam in december 2016, should i pre order the 2017 CPT, ICD 10 CM and HCPCS level II manuals and wait for one more month to start my preparation and plan to take the exam in January 2017 or go ahead with the 2016 manuals and take the exam in 2016? Does taking exam in 2017 make a difference in the validity of the certificate as compared to taking exam in 2016?

  31. Christine A. August 31, 2016

    I am a current student studying healthcare administration. My ultimate goal is to become a director of a nursing home. Is it highly recommended I take this exam? I currently work in an environment that requires some use of coding so maybe this will help?

  32. coding support September 01, 2016

    The CareerStep training program teaches the details of coding needed for the CPC and/or CCA exam.  If you are looking to learn the details of coding, to become a certified coder, this is the program for you!  If you are not wanting to be a coder, but just learn the detailed process, it can be beneficial to take the class as well.

  33. coding support September 01, 2016

    Christine:
    Yes, a coding training program can teach you the ins and outs of medical coding.

    Hope this helps!

  34. coding support September 01, 2016

    Jinal,
    The CPC updates every year in January.  They will let you reference your previous years books through March, although you will be at a disadvantage without the current years books. Having the current years books is recommended.

    Best wishes!

  35. Aidines September 01, 2016

    I had to take a long break due to personal issues and will be restarting my studies hopefully within the next month. I have the 2016 ICD-10-CM,2015 HCPCS II, and the 2015 CPT books.  When I reactivate, will I get updated books?  If I have to purchase “current” books, what versions are out and when do they roll over?  I don’t want to buy the current books and then a month from now the next batch is out.  Thanks.

  36. Instructor Michelle September 08, 2016

    Aidines,

    We are currently using the 2016 CPT and HCPCS books. These will be changing over to the 2017 books in December of 2016. When you decide which books you would like to order, please contact our Operations Department at 1-888-657-5752 opt 2 then opt 1.

    Good luck with your studies.

  37. Murthy September 12, 2016

    hellow every one..i am from india.,i have 1+ yr of exp in HCC domain, can u tell me how to get a job in abroad as a hcc medical coder…plz let me know how to approach…

  38. coding support September 15, 2016

    Hi Murthy! You may want to begin a job search for remote positions in the desired country. Use your experience to your advantage in the application and interview process.We would need to get additional information on your background, and your coding education.  You are welcome to contact 800-246-7837, and ask to speak to our enrollment department.  Best of luck to you!

  39. Akila September 20, 2016

    Any option for revaluation

  40. Nilofer September 30, 2016

    I am new in medical coding .and having no experience ,is it possible to clear cpc exam with cpc online classes,I’m a bsc nurse,please reply me.

  41. MIA Dominguez October 03, 2016

    Hi I would like to know if I can still use my 2016 books for 2017 CPC exam? Is it advisable to have a copy for revised, deleted and new codes during exam and do you know where can we get a copy for that?

    Thanks

  42. Randy October 03, 2016

    Hi Mia,
    You can use the 2016 code books for the 2017 CPC exam. However, you will be at a disadvantage because of the number of code changes for 2017. The only materials that are allowed in the CPC exam are the code books.

    Hope this helps!
    Randy Johnson-Career Step Instructor

  43. Career Step October 03, 2016

    Nilofer,
    Thank you for your question. Our medical coding and billing online program will absolutely prepare you to take the CPC exam. For more information on the course please take a look at this link: http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing-career
    You can also reach out to us with any questions at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  44. Kimberly Fuentes October 23, 2016

    I have not been certified since 2005 since my exam I had not found a job n moved around a lot. I have since settled in a lot more and thinking I would like to get certified again. Would you suggest going through a whole course again or using practice tests and studying and then from there going thru the exam again

  45. Shaikh Anjum Begum October 24, 2016

    Hello to everyone
      This is Anjum from India. I worked as senior coder for ER facility coding, Radiology and outpatient coding. I attended CPC exam on 15 October but still waiting for results when it will come?

  46. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 25, 2016

    Anjum,

    Thank you for your question. Since the exams are being shipped to AAPC from India, receiving results of your score could take longer due to the length of time shipping takes. If you still have questions, you are welcome to contact AAPC to see if they have received the exams. Their number is 1-800-626-2633.
    Good luck!

  47. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 25, 2016

    Kimberly,

    Thank you for your question.

    Coding has definitely changed since 2005. I’m guessing that you learned ICD-9. We have moved into ICD-10 which is a complete overhaul from the codes in ICD-9. The PCS codes are also completely different from in ICD-9. I would highly recommend doing a course that will help you become familiar with the new codes, guidelines, and changes in the industry.
    Good luck!

  48. Nae October 25, 2016

    Can You tell me if I was a certified coder and my license lapse because my employer didn’t require it.  Do I have to still retest even though I have been working as a coder the 10 years since the issuing of my certification?

  49. Instructor Michelle Malquist October 31, 2016

    Nae,

    Thank you for your comment—yes you will need to take the CPC again to re-certify.

    Good luck with your studies!

  50. Hayley October 31, 2016

    Hi, does it make a huge difference in finding a job if I go through a program and get my certification, rather than go through a technical school and get a diploma?

  51. coding support November 01, 2016

    Hi Hayley,
    Thanks for your question! Being nationally certified as a coder is not a requirement of all employers, but the industry is trending that direction. More employers want to see at least one credential up front before they will consider an applicant for hire. If employers are requiring credentials, and you are not yet nationally certified, you will be more limited in your options for employment. For that reason, we recommend all of our graduates get certified as early as possible after their graduation from the program.

    Hope this helps!

  52. rajalakshmiv November 06, 2016

    Hi,

    i have a working experience total 2yrs ,but i not have a proper reliving letter,am i coming under cpc or cpc A,kindly explain

  53. Josia Lijo November 12, 2016

    I have passed cpc exam on October 2016. Now I got a reminder that I have to complete ICD 10 proficiency before 31 December2016. Is it a must for me? Kindly advise.

  54. Kristine November 23, 2016

    hi. I just got a CPC certification and passed this November 13, 2016, now a CPC-A, but the validity is just up to March 2017!? Why is it so short???  I know that it needs two years to recertify and renew it.  Please help.

  55. Instructor November 30, 2016

    Kristine,

    My best advice would be to call AAPC to see why they are giving you so short of time to complete those CEU’s. Their number is 1-800-626-2633. Good luck!

  56. Mel_G December 01, 2016

    I have failed my 1st attempt to pass my CPC exam. I’m planning to retake it come Dec 17. Prior to Sept, I have the time to study because I have a PT job. But I have gotten a FT job last Oct 17 and still been doing my PT job. So I don’t really have the time to study. My question is if I want to retake the exams this Jan 2017, can I still use the 2016 books? Per AAPC, they said that I have to use the 2017 books. But my prof said that we still have until Jan 31 to use the 2016 books? Please give me advise so that I can have wisdom to have a final decision. Thanks.

  57. Paula S December 02, 2016

    Can you take the CPC exam in any state or just in the state your from?

  58. CodingSupport December 02, 2016

    Hi Josia,

    In speaking with AAPC they do prefer you use the current years coding books, however you can still reference the 2016 books to take the CPC in the 2017 year.

    Hope this helps!

  59. CodingSupport December 02, 2016

    Hi rajalakshmiv,

    The CPC is a national certification.  You may take it in any state and carry it with you to any other state.

    Hope this helps!

  60. CodingSupport December 06, 2016

    Hi Mel,
    AAPC has told CareerStep CPC testers can use 2016 books on the 2017 CPC exam. The preference is to use 2017 books as the test will reference 2017 codes beginning in January.  However, they do allow the use of 2016 books on the test. You may miss a few questions as some of the codes have changed. 
    Sorry you are receiving conflicting information, I would call AAPC for the latest information.

  61. Career Step December 08, 2016

    Hi Paula,
    You can take the CPC in any state.

    Hope this answers your questions!

  62. bhuvaneshwari December 09, 2016

    Am doing medical coding and my goal is cpc coder,but am complete bca so dont know the cpc so kindly send some tricks how to pass this exam

  63. CodingSupport December 09, 2016

    Hi Danya,
    The CPC exam contains many questions on CPT coding.  We recommend taking a coding course to learn how to code before sitting for the CPC cetficiation. Take a look at this link to learn more about our medical coding and billing course…
    http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing-career

    Hope this helps!

  64. Jeff December 19, 2016

    I planning to take the cpc exam this Feb 2017 with my 2016 coding books. I understand that AAPC prefer the current years coding books for the exam. How big of a disadvantage if I use my 2016 coding books? And is this for both CPT and HCPCS?

    Thanks,

  65. Melissa December 22, 2016

    I will be completing my Billing and Coding classes with Kaplan University in late January 2017.  I have to wait for my tax return in early March to schedule to take the CPC exam (late March/early April).  Will I still be able to use the ICD-10 2016 books I have from school or do I have to budget for 2017 books as well?  Also, what is required for proof of previous billing experience?  I have worked at a private medical office for 3 years doing BWC billing - can I just get a letter from my employer?

  66. CodingSupport December 22, 2016

    Hi Melissa,
    The CPC exam will begin to reference 2017 codes in January of 2017. AAPC recommends you have the 2017 books as the questions and answers will be presented for 2017, but you may still reference the 2016 books on the exam. Requirements for taking the CPC are available at the AAPC website: https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/  Prior billing experience is not required to sit for the exam. 

    Hope this helps!

  67. Theresa December 28, 2016

    I have 26 years of coding experience with my current medical billing job. Do I still need to take a coding class before taking the CPC exam?

  68. Instructor December 28, 2016

    Theresa,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. Since you have 26 years in the field, you most likely would be fine to just get a study guide from AAPC and study on your own for the certification.

    Good luck with your studies.

  69. monica January 03, 2017

    hi,
    Im preparing for CPC exam. currently im working in billing service company. can I write CPC exam?? am i eligible for this?

    And a coding company should register under AAPC??

    And i was a trainee upto 9 months then November 2016 only i got my confirmation letter. My training periods will include within 2 years experience?? please advice.

  70. CodingSupport January 03, 2017

    Hi Monica,
    CPC requirements are listed at :https://www.aapc.com/certification/cpc/#tab-3 Although education is not required, it is highly recommended to pass this coding certification. If you enroll in a coding program with CareerStep you may count your education as one years experience towards removing the “A” apprenticeship designation on the CPC credential

    Hope this helps!

  71. Prajakta January 04, 2017

    Hi I am planning to give me cpc exam by mid Feb 2017.And I have cpc books of year 2016.Do I need to buy new books or can I use 2016 books.

  72. CodingSupport January 05, 2017

    Hi Prajakta ,
    AAPC recommends the 2017 code books for the CPC exam this year. They will let you test with the 2017 or the 2016 books.  If referencing the 2016 books you may miss a few questions as the current CPC certification exam references 2017 codes.

  73. Talim Khan January 07, 2017

    Hiii,
    I from Gurgaon {India},
    I want to medical coding course, and want to clear CPC exam, can you tell me please that how can do it in india?

  74. CodingSupport January 09, 2017

    Hi Talim,
    Thank you for reaching out to us. Career Step is an online school, you may enroll through any country. As long as you have access to the internet you may study.  The CPC is administered through AAPC.  Check for international testing availability through AAPC. Their website is http://www.aapc.com.

    Best wishes!

  75. Career Step January 11, 2017

    Hi Jeff,
    Yes, AAPC recommends the most recent books on the CPC exam, the 2017 CPT, 2017 HCPS, and 2017 ICD-10-CM.  There were significant changes made to the code set this year.  Here is a link to one article regarding some cpt code changes: http://bulletin.facs.org/2017/01/2017-cpt-coding-changes/ Purchasing the 2017 cpt book is the best way to receive all of the changes. HCPCS code changes are available for download on CMS website, as is the 2017 ICD-10-CM codeset:
    https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/2017-ICD-10-CM-and-GEMs.html
    Guidelines have changed to ICD-10-CM, Here is a link to the 2017 ICD-10-CM guidelines: ICD-10-CM https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Downloads/2017-ICD-10-CM-Guidelines.pdf”

    In addition here is the link to our online bookstore:
    link to our online bookstore:
    http://www.careerstep.com/coding-book-sale?s_id=0163141

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  76. Natalie Lyons January 14, 2017

    Does the career step program satisfy the requirements by AHIMA to sit for the CCS?

  77. Rachel Ferguson January 14, 2017

    I have 7 years of experience in medical coding and billing but it was in the 90’s. I am able to obtain my CPC without doing 2 years of current experience? I guess my question is if my 7 years of experience from the 90’s expires.

    Thanks!

  78. dr kitty wadhwani January 16, 2017

    hello i m cpc-a now staying in india can u plz suggest me how to remove “A” now i mean what are the options plz lemme know i m confused

  79. Instructor January 16, 2017

    Natalie,

    The Career Step course prepares you for the CPC and the CCA. We do not prepare you for the CCS exam, as this is a much more advanced exam which requires time working out in the field prior to taking the exam. We are AHIMA approved, but for the CCA.

  80. Instructor January 16, 2017

    Dr. Kitty Wadhwani,

    To have the apprentice status removed from your certification, you will need to have 2 years working experience as a coder and have your employer write a letter to AAPC indicating this on company letterhead paper, then submit this to AAPC. The instructions for having the apprentice status removed are on the AAPC website. This will be a good resource for you on exactly what AAPC wants.

    Good luck!

  81. Mariana January 23, 2017

    I’m not currently working at this field, I’m planning to enroll the online course and then the CPC test. My question is, after I pass for CPC test and get the CPC-A certificate, how long do I have to get a job to not lose my certificate?

  82. Career Step January 23, 2017

    Hi Mariana,
    Thank you for reaching out to us! According to AAPC you will have your certification as long as you stay current with your CEU’s and membership.

    From the AAPC website:

    “Membership is required to be renewed annually and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) must be submitted every two years for verification and authentication of expertise.”

    Hope this helps!

  83. Jillian January 30, 2017

    Hello,

    I completed my training and passed my CPC exam in 2011 and was a member of the AAPC. I did not keep up with my CEUs and need to renew my membership. Does this mean I have to retake the exam?
    Thank you.

  84. Instructor January 30, 2017

    Jillian,

    Thank you for reaching out to us, Unfortunately, if you keep let your CEU’s and membership fees lapse, you will need to retake the CPC in order to have your credentials re-instated.

    Hope this helps!

  85. Ron udalve February 01, 2017

    I’m studying medical billing and coding now, do I need to focus much on coding or it don’t matter at all.

    Thank you

  86. Instructor February 01, 2017

    Ron,

    The majority of the CPC and CCA exams are coding. So, knowing how to code properly is essential. It is also essential when you are working for a physician so that the MD has the correct codes being sent out to insurance companies, as incorrect coding has very high consequences. This is why we stress having good coding skills.

    Hope this answers your question.

  87. Rotche February 02, 2017

    Hi , I know AAPC is recommending the latest Books when taking the exam. But , my question is until when can I use my 2016 books when taking the 2017 exam? . hope you reply . . .

  88. Liz S February 02, 2017

    Does the CPC Exam ask more questions concerning the CPT codes than it does the ICD-10 codes?  I am taking free practice test that are on-line and not doing so well on the CPT portion. I’m scheduled to take the CPC this month.

  89. Instructor February 02, 2017

    Hi Rotche,

    AAPC transitions their CPC exam over to the current year books on January. So, the CPC exam is currently testing with the 2017 book. They will allow you to use 2016 books on the exam, but you will be at a disadvantage. Using the 2017 books is highly recommended.

    Good luck with your studies!

  90. Chris Walsh February 03, 2017

    When is the last month/date I can use my ICD10 2016 books for the CPC exam this spring?  And if I have to use 2017 books for the exam, do I need more training?

  91. Brandi February 03, 2017

    I’m wanting to take the CPC exam again in April 2017, however when I took it the first time it was only $350 now its on my AAPC as $380. Is that the correct amount?

  92. Randy February 03, 2017

    Hi Liz,

    The majority of the questions on the CPC exam focus on the CPT codes. There are some questions on the ICD-10-CM codes. However, there are no questions on the ICD-10-PCS codes.

    Good luck on your exam!

  93. Pascual February 04, 2017

    Hi I will be taking the CPC exam on April or March…I know they are recommending the 2017 books , But I only have the edition of 2016 books.. Will they allow me to use the 2016 books in April for the CPC exam?

  94. sureshkumar kante February 05, 2017

    hi sir, i am suresh. i completed my b.tech in ece 2016. i want to do job like medical billing and medical coding .is there any bright future for me or not

  95. CodingSupport February 06, 2017

    Hi Chris,

    The 2016 books may be used on the CPC certification for then entire 2017 calendar year.  AAPC recommends the 2017 books for testing, but you may reference the 2016 books as well.

    Hope this helps!

  96. CodingSupport February 06, 2017

    Hi Brandi,
    Yes, the current price of CPC is now $380.  Enrollment and completion of a Career Step Coding program includes the price of certification.

    Hope this helps and good luck on your exam!

  97. CodingSupport February 06, 2017

    Hi Pascual!
    Yes, AAPC recommends you have the 2017 code books for the CPC exam this year.  However, if you don’t have the 2017 you may still reference the 2016 for certification.

    Best wishes!

  98. Rima February 08, 2017

    Hi,
    I took a medical coding class two years ago at a local school, I got my certificate of completion from there. Now I want to take the CPC exam, I am ordering the study guide and practice exams and current coding books, my question is will this be enough to prepare me for the exam? given it’s been two years since the class? I did do a practice test similar to CPC exam at the end of class and did well on it. Scored 90%.

  99. CodingSupport February 09, 2017

    Hi Rima,
    Career Step offers a Medical Coding and Billing training program to prepare for the CPC.  The program is extensive and covers all of the topics that are tested upon on the national certification test.  Sounds like you may have already done some preparing, and practicing with testing. The true test to know if you can pass or not is to take the test! Good luck!  If you want to enroll to prepare further please let us know. You can reach us at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Hope this helps!


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