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22 Weeks



Average Starting Salary

What Does It Mean To Earn Your Certification As A Professional Coder?

Achieve the Certified Professional Coder certification with the CPC credential or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) – both of which are the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings.

This 22-week program includes two courses: Intro to Human Anatomy & Medical Terminology and Medical Coding. Regardless of the choice of the exam, you’ll learn principles of medical coding related to the three main codebooks: CPT, ICD-10-CM Volumes 1 & 2, and HCPCS Level II. The Medical Coding textbook contains access to a coding software that allows for coding practice even AFTER the completion of the course. The software allows for hands-on demonstration of learned coding skills.

Our partnership with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) enables you to have the tools needed to successfully pass the CPC examination or the CCS-P examination. Those passing the CPC examination earn the credential, CPC-A. When the CPC-A (apprentice) is ultimately combined with one year of practical coding experience, you’ll earn the full CPC designation.

Achieving either certification will create a variety of career options for you. To see a full list of opportunities, check out our blog post, Career Opportunities for a Certified Professional Coder.


This certification ensures individuals can:

  • Review patient records and assign numeric/alphanumeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system and familiarity with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems
  • Assign accurate medical codes for professional (physician) procedures, services and diagnoses
  • Adhere to medical coding guidelines, regulations, and compliance


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the issuing authority for several credentials related to health information management, such as Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is the issuing authority for certifications related to medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, and practice management, such as Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA).

Select The Right Training Program For Your Goals

Professional Coder

Our comprehensive online Professional Coder program is diligently designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to accurately translate healthcare services into universal coding systems, ensuring correct billing processes and adherence to medical coding standards and regulations, while maintaining the utmost professionalism and ethical conduct in the healthcare industry.


April is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options, and succeed! Get in touch with her to learn more about the program, Professional Workforce Development, and how to achieve your workforce development goals!

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Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, provides the highest quality training in order to best serve students and surrounding communities. Our specialized career training programs provide up-to-date and in-demand skills, preparation and certification, ensuring that everyone who completes our programs is of the highest caliber.