National Credential
Credential: Certified Professional Coder (CPC)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential is designed for medical coders who work in physician office settings. CPC certification validates an individual's knowledge and ability to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-9), procedure (CPT), and supply (HCPCS Level II) code for a wide variety of clinical cases and services. Applicants should be able to show expertise in reviewing and assigning accurate medical codes for diagnoses, procedures, and services performed by physicians, and other qualified health care providers in the office or facility setting (e.g., inpatient hospital). Applicants are expected to have a sound knowledge of medical coding guidelines and regulations including compliance and reimbursement. Applicants must have at least two years medical coding experience and membership with AAPC. Though there is no minimal education required, AAPC recommends that candidates have an associate's degree.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68G Patient Administration Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
2233 S Presidents Dr
Suite F
Salt Lake City, UT  84120
Phone: 800-626-2633
Fax: (801) 236-2258
Email: aapc@aapc.com

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

AACP recommends that applicants have an associate’s degree.

Applicants must have at least two years medical coding experience.
 
Note: Applicants who do not meet the experience requirement will be designated as an Apprentice (CPC-A). Details on how to remove apprentice designation can be obtained from CPC Apprentice status.

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must maintain current membership with the AAPC.

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

  • 10,000 Series CPT®
  • 20,000 Series CPT®
  • 30,000 Series CPT®
  • 40,000 Series CPT®
  • 50,000 Series CPT®
  • 60,000 Series CPT®
  • Anesthesia
  • Evaluation and Management
  • Laboratory/Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2
  • HCPCS Level II
  • Coding Guidelines
  • Compliance and Regulatory

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To maintain CPC certification applicants are required to renew membership annually and submit 36 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) every two years for verification and authentication of expertise.

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Additional considerations for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) include:

  • AAPC recommends having an associate’s degree.