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Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) Exam Review

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Review is an eight-module, self-paced, online course designed to prepare you for the current CCA Certification Exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It provides valuable study and test-taking strategies, a review of medical terminology and common diagnoses by body system, and intensive ICD-9-CM and CPT coding practice.

Earning the CCA credential distinguishes you by exhibiting your commitment to the coding profession and demonstrating your coding competencies across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices.

Follow one of our students, Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA as she shares her setbacks and victories while pursuing her goal of earning a CCA coding credential!

Tuition $149

Note:  For students who require in-depth inpatient coder training as well as preparation for the CCA Exam, please refer to our Medical Coder Career Program – Inpatient Coding

UPDATE:  (5/7/2015) AHIMA announced that the CCA exam will transition to being ICD-10-based on October 12, 2015.  This transition date is contingent on implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.   Libman Education’s CCA Exam Review in ICD-10 is scheduled to be available September 1, 2015. Contact Libman Education to be notified when the CCA Exam Review in ICD-10 becomes available.   Details of Libman Education’s ICD-10-based CCA Exam Review course have not yet been determined. These details include tuition, syllabus, and textbooks required.   

The following course description is for the ICD-9-based CCA Exam Review course.  

This course is for:

  • Graduates of HIM and coding certificate programs interested in getting their first coding credential
  • Medical coders seeking credentialing of coding competencies in hospitals
  • Medical coders seeking credentialing of coding competencies in physician practices

This course offers

  • Valuable study and test-taking strategies
  • Review of medical terminology and common diagnoses by body system
  • Intensive ICD-9-CM and CPT coding practice
  • Those who successfully complete this course are eligible for 8 AHIMA CEUs.

Module 1:
Examination Study Strategies and Resources
Coding Review
Health Data Content and Standards

Module 2:
Review of Medical Science Concepts
Classification Systems and Secondary Data Source

Modules 3 and 4:
Review Official Coding Guidelines
Health Record Content
Coding Conventions
Coding Process
Inpatient Coding

Modules 5 and 6:
Outpatient Coding Review
CPT Review
Outpatient Coding

Module 7:  
Medical Billing and Reimbursement
Case Mix Index

Module 8:
Confidentiality and Privacy
Information Technology
CCA Mock Quiz

This online, self-paced course consists of eight modules, each of which is estimated to take 10-15 hours of study time.

“Don’t take the CCA Exam until you have taken this course!  I never would have passed the exam if it wasn’t for this course.” 

“There is definitely a need for this preparation course to bridge the classroom learning to preparing for and taking the actual CCA exam.” 

“Hi!  I just wanted to let you know that I took the Certification Exam yesterday and ……. I PASSED!!!!!! What a relief… ” 

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Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC
Mary Beth York has over twenty year’s experience in coding, auditing and documentation improvement for hospitals ranging from community to teaching hospitals as well as physician group practices.  As an educator, Mary Beth has taught in a broad range of settings from large classroom, to small group, to one-on-one instruction.  Mary Beth has taught Libman Education’s highly successful CCS Exam Prep courses for eight years and has also taught CCS-P exam preparation skills, interventional radiology, and physician education on documentation requirements and assignment of E&M levels. Mary Beth York is a Senior Associate with Barry Libman Inc.

Patricia Parkes, RHIA
Patricia Parkes has 25 years of experience in the health information management field.  As the Health Information Manager in community-based and large urban hospitals in the U.S. and overseas, Patti loved teaching her employees new skills to enhance and further their careers.  It was this love of teaching that led to her decision to become first an adjunct faculty member and then a full-time HIM Program Director for an Associate’s Degree and a Medical Coding Certificate Program.  While an Associate with Libman Education and Barry Libman Inc., Patti combined her HIM expertise with her commitment to education and training.

AHIMA’s requirements to sit for the CCA Exam are as follows:

Required:  High School Diploma or equivalent

In addition, AHIMA recommends, but does not require the following training:

  • 6 months coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Completion of an AHIMA approved coding program; OR
  • Completion of other coding training program to include anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, Basic ICD diagnostic/procedural and Basic CPT coding.

The course tuition includes online access to all course and proprietary study materials.  In addition, each student in the class is required to purchase (or have access to) the following textbook:

Professional Review Guide for the CCA Examination, 2013 Edition by Patricia Schnering

Please note: It is important that each student have the correct edition and date of this publication.  Failure to have the correct edition and date will result in not being able to complete assignments.

Students will also need to purchase or have access to the following codebooks:

  • 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015 ICD-9-CM codebook (various publishers)
  • 2013, 2014, or 2015 CPT (American Medical Association)

Other recommended resources:

  • Medical dictionary, any publisher
  • Anatomy and physiology reference
  • Merck Manual

Candidates will not be able to test without the correct codebooks. Per AHIMA, candidates that do not present the correct versions of codebooks will be turned away and will forfeit their exam fees.

Effective February 9, 2015 candidates will be allowed to present the 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 version of the ICD-9-CM codebooks. The 2013, 2014 or 2015 AMA CPT will be allowed. These materials may be spiral bound, softbound, compact softbound, in hard cover form or in a ring binder.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, students must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher and complete 8 hours of contact instruction.

Those who successfully complete the course are eligible for 8 AHIMA CEUs.

To receive CEU credit, students must achieve a passing rate on the course assessment(s). Students are able to repeat the course assessment(s) until they have mastered the material. Once enrolled, students will have twelve months to complete the course.


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