There are many institutes that provide the training courses. You have to be a member of AAPC to take the exam. So its always better to do the course from AAPC.A strong understanding of medical terminology and anatomy are required for medical coding and tested thoroughly during the CPC® exam. These 2-month courses should be considered by anyone wanting to learn medical coding or for experienced coders who may be weak in these areas.
The AAPC provides the Preparation Course along with 3 Practice Exams, CPC Examination, Exam Review, and Hands-on Experience to its members. They also provide FREE Code Books. The preparation course fee for AAPC training package is $5135. But currently, a 46% discount is going through which makes the fee $2,795.
The COC Exam is for individuals who want their career as an outpatient facility coder or outpatient hospital coder. Anatomy online course and Medical Terminology online course or prior knowledge in both of these areas are strongly recommended for those who want to take the exam.
An overall score of 70% or higher is required to pass an exam. For examinees who do not pass, only the areas of study/categories with a score of 65% or less are provided for examinees’ preparation.
According to AAPC, the average salary for COC is $60,806 annually. The Exam fee is $380.