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ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

What is the difference between the ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders and the Professional Medical Coding and Billing program?

The ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders program focuses solely on teaching ICD-10 skills and assumes that students are familiar with how the industry works, medical terminology, pharmacology, and basic anatomy and pathophysiology. This program is intended for those who have completed a medical coding training program, not experienced medical coders. Students without medical coding experience or training should consider the Professional Medical Coding and Billing program, which is meant to teach those without any healthcare or medical coding experience everything they need to know to prepare for a career in this field.

Do I need any prior qualifications to take the ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders program?

The Career Step ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders course focuses solely on teaching you the skills you need for ICD-10 coding. It assumes that you already have the skills of a medical coder, including familiarity with how the industry works, medical terminology, pharmacology, and basic anatomy and pathophysiology. The course is not designed for those who have never completed medical coding training (the Professional Medical Coding and Billing course is meant for these individuals) or intended for experienced medical coders.

How is the Career Step ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders program structured?

The Career Step ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders program is organized into three sections: Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, and ICD-10 Coding. The first two sections will teach relevant biomedical sciences from an ICD-10 perspective to ensure you're ready to effectively use the ICD-10 code set. Then the ICD-10 Coding module teaches how to use the new code set and includes guided hands-on exercises to give you the opportunity to practice coding with the new code set.

What type of student support does Career Step offer?

Career Step student support has several levels and is designed to ensure that you're not left on your own as you work through the online course.

  • Student Support Instructors and Advisors are AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainers and have years of professional experience in the medical coding industry. They're available to provide timely answers to questions about the program material
  • Technical Support Advisors are available 6 days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders training program is designed to be completed in about 7-12 weeks of part-time study. The course includes 137 hours of curriculum, and the online format allows you to study on the schedule that works for your life. Enrollment provides 3 months of online access to the program.

What computer specifications are required to complete the course?

We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader


  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

*The Medical Transcription Editor program includes a third party software tool that makes the training only compatible with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

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