American Academy of Professional Coders

The AAPC is supported by a National Advisory Board made up of certified members representing clinics, facilities, payers and consulting firms across the nation. The National Advisory Board offers direct input into the certification programs, educational curricula and membership services offered by the Academy

To become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or a Certified Professional Coder-Hospital (CPC-H), applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED. They must complete a series of modules set up by the AAPC, or go to an accredited Coding/Billing school. Whichever method you choose, it must be completed within 12 months of the start date. The exam is optional, but a discount on the price of the exam will be given if the test is taken within 12 months of finishing the modules or school.

The AAPC’s mission is:

  • To establish and maintain professional, ethical and educational standards for procedural coders  

  • To provide a national certification and credentialing process  

  • To support the national and local membership by providing educational products and opportunities to network  

  • To increase and promote national recognition and awareness of procedural and diagnostic coding  

  • ABS is AAPC certified and will be attending seminars or workshops to maintain accreditation.

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