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Online CCS Exam Prep Course for Certified Coding Specialist

CCS Exam Prep

This highly-acclaimed 13-week online course is for professionals looking to  sit for AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential examination. It combines online video, presentations, and practice exams with live interaction with  the instructor.  You will get a thorough review of the materials covered by the CCS exam, coupled with proven test-taking strategies to help increase your chances of success.

Fully updated for the 2014/2015 CCS Exam! Next session starts Friday or Saturday, April 10 or 11, 2015.

Those who successfully complete the course are eligible for 39 AHIMA CEUs.

Tuition $979 per person
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  • Intensive preparation and personalized attention ensure students stay on-track for CCS Exam
  • Combines recorded and real-time instruction with a live teacher and class experience
  • Extensive proprietary study materials are supplemented by carefully selected textbooks and additional resources
  • Recorded lectures on critical topics allow multiple reviews of materials
  • Live one-hour classes are held weekly via web-based conferencing  for 13 weeks, and are available to students anywhere they have internet access
  • Depending on the topic, students spend an additional 15-30 hours studying and completing homework each week
  • Includes quizzes and final mock CCS Exam with direct feedback and review with the instructor
  • Limited class size ensures one-on-one work and personalized live instruction
  • Those who successfully complete this course are eligible for 39 AHIMA CEUs for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

13 weeks – Spring Session starts in April

Select the class meeting time that is right for you:

Fridays, 7 a.m. ET • Session starts April 10, 2015

Saturdays, 10 a.m. ET • Session starts April 11, 2015

Saturdays,  noon ET • Session starts April 11, 2015

(no class May 23/24 or July 3/4)

Note:  The April sessions are expected to be the last CCS Exam Prep to be offered in ICD-9.  Pending implementation of ICD-10 and AHIMA’s conversion of the CCS Credential Exam to ICD-10-based, Libman Education’s CCS Exam Prep in ICD-10 will commence in January 2016.

“I want to thank you for one of the best experiences of my life.  The growth that took place astounds me.  Mary Beth is one of the best instructors I have ever had.  Not only did I pass the CCS, my scores were 367/400 or 92%.  I’m so glad that I met you! “

“I really liked the virtual classes. I enjoyed the way it was done because you still have the instructor explaining and being able to ask questions.”

“I feel that CCS Exam Prep was well worth the cost. I highly recommend this course for coders that feel ready to attempt their CCS certification.”

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Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC, 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.

CCS Exam Prep is a thirteen-week class to prepare the student to sit for the AHIMA CCS exam.  An introductory session, conducted prior to the start of class, will ensure students understand the requirements and are prepared to take the class.  The class consists of 13 one-hour classes taught using web-based conferencing and two additional hours of recorded lectures.  Following completion of the class, each student will be given a mock exam scheduled with the instructor.  

CCS exam specifics
CCS Exam Prep class specifics 

Class 1
Text:  Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook
1.   Introduction to the ICD-9-CM Classification
2.   ICD-9-CM Conventions
3.   Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set
4.   The Medical Record as a Source Document
5.   Basic Coding Steps
6.   Basic Coding Guidelines 

Class 2
Text:  Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook
7.   Coding Guidelines for Operations and Procedures
8.   V and E Codes
9.   Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions
11. Endocrine, Metabolic and Nutritional Diseases and Immune-System Disorders
12. Mental Disorders 

Class 3
Text:  Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook
10. Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
13. Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs
14. Diseases of the Nervous System and Sense Organs
15. Diseases of the Respiratory System 

Class 4
Text:  Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook
16. Diseases of the Digestive System
17. Diseases of the Genitourinary System
24. Diseases of the Circulatory System 

Class 5
Text:  Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook
20. Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium
21. Abortion and Ectopic Pregnancy
22. Congenital Anomalies
23. Perinatal Conditions
25. Neoplasms 

Class 6
Text:  Faye Brown’s ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook
18. Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
19. Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
26. Injuries
27. Burns
28. Poisoning and Adverse Effects of Drugs
29. Complications of Surgery and Medical Care 

Class 7
Faye Brown Final Review Exercises
Reimbursement Methodology (OPPS and IPPS including DRGs)
Inpatient case studies 

Class 8
Inpatient case studies continued
Multiple Choice Practice Questions 

Class 9
Introduction to CPT Nomenclature
CPT Nomenclature Basics
Evaluation and Management
Surgery – General Guidelines 

Class 10
Integumentary System
Musculoskeletal System
Respiratory System
Cardiovascular System
Digestive System 

Class 11
Urinary System
Female Genital System
Nervous System
Eye and Ocular Adnexa
Auditory System 

Class 12
CPT Case Studies
Multiple Choice Practice Questions 

Class 13
Final Preparation for CCS Exam

Mock Exam – Scheduled with instructor 


To enroll in the CCS Exam Prep course, students must meet the following requirement:

  •  Minimum of two years hands-on acute-care hospital coding experience

Note:  The requirement for a minimum of two years hands-on acute-care hospital coding experience may be waived for students who successfully pass the Libman Education Skills Assessment.  The Skills Assessment evaluates your current coding knowledge and skill.

Additional optional eligibility requirements:

  • AHIMA Certifications: RHIA, RHIT, CCS-P or CCA
  • Other Certifications:  CPC, CPC-H or other
  • Education/Training: Anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic and procedural coding, 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) each of the following:

  1. ICD-9-CM, Coding Handbook, without Answers, 2012, Revised Edition, Faye Brown in collaboration with the Central Office on ICD-9-CM of the American Hospital Association (published by AHA Press, Health Forum, Inc.)
  2. Professional Review Guide for the CCS Examination, 2013 Edition (published by Delmar Cengage Learning)
  3. 2012,  2013, 2014, or 2015 ICD-9 Code Book, Hospital Version (volumes 1, 2, and 3) (any publisher)
  4. CPT 2013, 2014, or 2015 Standard Edition or Professional Edition, published by the American Medical Association
  5. Current and recent issues of CPT Assistant, published by the American Medical Association
  6. Current and recent issues of Coding Clinic, published by the American Hospital Association

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

  1. Complete online form to request an application.
  2. Complete the application and return it to Libman Education at support@LibmanEducation.com or by fax 978-371-2671.
  3. The instructor will contact you by email or phone to schedule an interview to discuss your background and readiness to undertake the class.
  4. A course demonstration, held as a virtual meeting, will be scheduled with each student to explore the course in detail and answer any questions.
  5. As a condition of acceptance, you may be asked to take a brief exam to assess your current coding knowledge and skill.