If you’re interested in becoming a medical billing and coding specialist, getting certified can be an important step. There are two primary certifying bodies in the United States: the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
AHIMA offers three medical billing and coding certifications: Certified Coding Associate (CCA®), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) and Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P®), while the AAPC offers five: Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Outpatient Code (COC™), Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™), Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC™) and Specialty Medical Coding Certification. While some roles may require a specific credential, passing any of these exams can help you demonstrate your knowledge and skills in medical billing and coding to future employers. Below we cover three of the exams for which DeVry offers programs or courses that integrate elements or can help you prep for these exams.