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Advanced Hospital Coding
& CCS Prep


Become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Are you a medical coding professional who would like to advance to the top of your field? Hospital coding may be the next step for you. In this 100% online course, you will prepare for one of the most in-demand areas of the coding profession, facility-based, hospital coding. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to sit for the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam, the industry's leading credential for medical coding.

Job Outlook for Certified Coding Specialists

Advanced medical coders, especially those with CCS status, are among the best-paid members of the coding profession. According to the AHIMA, over 75% of their members earn $50,000 or more, many without a bachelor's degree. reports that early-career coding specialists earn around $16.00 per hour, then advance to $31.00 per hour as they gain experience.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job demand for Medical Records & Health Information Technicians is expected to grow by 8% between now and 2029. This is much faster than the overall growth rate for all jobs.

“I liked that it was available to do at my own pace and yet I could reach someone when I had a question. The combination of the online course and the books proved to be an intense learning experience. I am happy that I was able to pass the CCS exam earlier this week and could not have done it without this preparation!”

-M.H., Madonna University

Course Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

This is not an entry-level course. Before taking this course, you should:

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I. Hospital Structure, Billing, and Insurance
II. Ethics and HIPAA Administrative Simplification
III. Inpatient Acute Care Diagnosis Coding
IV. Regulatory Guidelines and Reporting Requirements for Inpatient Care

V. ICD-10-PCS Inpatient Procedure Coding
VI. Outpatient Coding: CPT and HCPCS Level II
VII. Data Quality, Compliance, and Auditing
VIII. Career Roadmap
IX. CCS Exam Preparation


Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Bunny Reeves

Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island's St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Certified Coding Specialist FAQs

Certified Coding Specialists take data from patient records and create data that is submitted to insurance companies or government programs for reimbursement. They provide high-quality and accurate data by:

Certification is a crucial indicator of a coder's proficiency and professional ambition. Since academic and public health researchers also use their data to define and monitor health trends, certification such as the CCS provides these groups with a high level of confidence in the quality of data and the procedures used to compile it. This course includes a voucher for the CCS exam fee.


Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.