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Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) Exam Review

Fully updated for ICD-10!

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Review will help you prepare for the updated CCA Certification Exam in ICD-10 offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Achieving your CCA coding credential demonstrates your coding proficiency across all settings, including hospitals and physician practice. Earning a coding credential demonstrates your professionalism and commitment to coding excellence.

This online, self-paced course provides a comprehensive review of medical terminology and anatomy, reimbursement methodologies, healthcare data sets and standards, and intensive ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding practice, as well as valuable study and test-taking strategies.



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.

Earn a Certificate of Completion and 8 AHIMA CEUs!

Tuition $249

Online Flexibility! Work at your own pace; save time and travel costs.

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!

The object of the CCA Exam Review is to provide a framework and resources to help coders thoroughly prepare for the CCA coding credential exam.  The CCA Exam Review will cover:

  • Medical record review to abstract information required to support accurate facility coding
  • Accurate assignment of ICD-10-CM , ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II codes for diagnoses and procedures performed in the facility setting
  • Current rules, regulations, and issues regarding medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement under MS-DRG and IPPS systems
  • Coding and reimbursement rules affecting the Charge Description Master (CDM), fee updates, and the Field Locators (FL) on the UB04
  • Anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology required to correctly code facility services and diagnoses
  • Outpatient reimbursement methodologies (OPPS)

The CCA Exam Review offers a comprehensive review of materials covered on the CCA credential exam:

  • ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
  • CPT and HCPCS Level II
  • Reimbursement Methodologies including the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
  • Healthcare Data Sets and Standards
  • Medical Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Clinical Vocabularies and Classification Systems

A detailed course syllabus including week by week description of materials covered is available here.

“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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Pamela Haney, MS, RHIA, CCS, CIC, COC
Pamela Haney is the Director of Education and Training for Libman Education. She is responsible for the writing and/or development of online and instructor-led courses in health information management and medical record coding. An experienced educator, Pam serves as faculty and advisory committee member for medical coding and HIT programs, and has over thirty years experience as a Director of HIM and Coding Services. She is an AHIMA certified ICD-10 trainer and received the 2013 AHIMA Triumph Award in the Mentor  category.  Pam was a beta tester for the AAPC CIC exam and one of the first to receive the CIC certification.

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.

The CCA Exam Review consists of 8 modules that can be completed in 8 to 10 weeks when spending 8 to 10 hours per week on coursework.

The CCA Exam Review is online and self-paced.  There are no classroom meetings and students may login to the course at any time that is convenient for them.  Study time to complete the online reading, textbook assignments, and additional study will vary widely depending on the individual’s experience and background.

Students may contact the instructor at any time with course content questions or to request a consultation to facilitate course completion. Enrollment begins at date of purchase and access is available for 12 months.

Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology are strongly recommended.  Students without these foundational skills may wish to consider Libman Education’s Medical Coding Foundational Skills program.

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.

Required textbook and code books:

Other recommended resources:

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

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.

Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Review

Tuition:  $249

Do you have a group to enroll? Simply complete this form and email it to us at [email protected]. You can also call us for group pricing at 978-369-7180.

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