Certified Medical Coder

Protect provider reimbursement with advanced training in medical coding guidelines. Become an expert in the assignment of codes that accurately support documentation, medical necessity, and highest level of specificity. 
29 CEUs
18 HRs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22% by 2022.

Why get certified?

– Certified medical coders are in the top in-demand jobs in the healthcare industry.
– Coding professionals who earn certification improve career growth opportunities.
– Certification demonstrates to employers that you have advanced expertise.
– CMCs can advance their careers into chart auditing and supervisory roles.

Your Projected Salary*

Average salary in 2017 for a certified medical coder
Salary increase for a CMC


*Job salary will vary on years of experience, location, practice, and # of certifications.

Course Summary

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Choose your own training schedule when you enroll in the CMC certification program online. This course includes:

  • A series of twelve 90-minute instructor-led webinar sessions
  • A physical course manual with workbook exercises
  • Bonus medical terminology
  • Exam prep handbook
  • Practice exam
  • Proctored certification exam

Registered students can access the recordings online for up to six months after the original recording date.


  • 133 questions
  • 6-hour proctored exam
  • Access to open code books and medical dictionary for some portions of the exam

PMI’s Exam Coordinator schedules the exam in a testing center near the candidate’s location. A score of 70% or better is required to earn the CMC certification. If the candidate does not achieve a passing grade on the first attempt, he/she may re-test for an additional fee.

Medical Terminology
  • Makeup and pronunciation of medical terms/words
  • Key review of the human body systems, illustrations, and review of anatomic position and directional terms
  • Root words, prefixes, suffixes, and supplemental terms
  • Combined forms associated with medical conditions
  • Definitions for common medical abbreviations
  • Analysis of physician orders and narratives

ICD-10-CM Coding

  • Instruction on the guidelines, organization, and groupings of ICD-10-CM
  • Accurate translation of medical terminology for diseases into codes
  • Designation of symbols, punctuations, abbreviations, keywords, unspecified codes, and other coding conventions
  • ICD-10-CM subcategories, classifications, and extensions
  • Outline of the complete coding and reimbursement equation
  • Primary vs. secondary code selection
  • Diagnostic coding guidelines such as laterality, sequelae, etc.
  • Differentiate between signs/symptoms and ill-defined conditions and a diagnosis
  • Correct rules and guidelines for assigning codes for neoplasms, adverse effects, pregnancy, childbirth, wounds, burns, injuries, HIV/AIDS, etc.
  • Unsubstantiated and borderline diagnoses
  • Application of ICD-10 coding conventions
  • How to determine the accurate diagnostic code order
  • Proper use of tables
  • Problem set coding exercises for hands-on comprehension

Procedural Coding - CPT® and HCPCS

  • Key elements of physician documentation that drive the assignment of CPT codes
  • Accurate code assignment through the application of coding guidelines
  • HCPCS/CPT coding process and steps
  • Format and conventions used in the HCPCS/CPT coding manuals
  • Global and unbundled procedures, and their impact on coding in CPT
  • Identify unlisted procedures and how to bill them
  • Modifier usage for appropriate reimbursement and efficient claims processing
  • Evaluation and management service types
  • E/M guidelines and levels of service
  • Medical record documentation as related to the application of E/M coding
  • Bundled services guidelines for surgery coding
  • New versus established patient guidelines
  • Surgery coding guidelines
  • Hands-on exercises coding common procedures and services provided by physicians

Ancillary Services & Advanced Coding

  • Maternity and delivery services
  • Types of radiology services
  • Technical and professional component distinction
  • Billing supervision and interpretation (S&I) services
  • Laboratory procedure types
  • Billing for qualitative detection versus quantitative detection
  • Billing laboratory panel tests
  • Types of pathology services
  • Coding services in the medicine section
  • Billing for the administration of vaccines and immunizations
  • Types of dialysis
  • Guidelines used to assign ophthalmologic examinations
  • Advanced coding problem set exercises

Maxine Collins, MBA, CPA, CMC, CMIS, CMOM

Maxine has more than thirty years of experience in medical practice management, adult education and general business. She has taught courses at various levels, including teaching business communications and accounting at Midwestern State University in Texas. Maxine has extensive experience teaching administrative and clinical personnel essential medical office skills such as medical terminology, coding, reimbursement, OSHA, and HIPAA compliance. She is adept at personnel management, government rules and regulations, accounting and budgeting. Additionally, her experience with practice marketing and development make her a knowledgeable and much sought-after practice management resource.

Maxine has served as an administrator of a multi-specialty clinic, where she was responsible for all clinic operations including medical records, billing and collections, OSHA, HIPAA and Medicare compliance, and all accounting operations. She also has experience in medical practice consulting, and has successfully launched multiple practices.

  • CMC candidates must have a minimum of one year of work experience as an outpatient medical coder or demonstrate successful completion of foundational training courses.
  • CMC candidates will need current editions of CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-10-CM, and a medical dictionary

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