Obtaining a CPC, CCA, or CBCS certification implies that an individual has met competencies
in the field of medical billing and coding. Certification is invaluable to the student's
career goals. Students have an opportunity to make confident, informed decisions about
the national certification they prefer.
The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is offered by the American Academy of
Professional Coders (AAPC). It is the gold standard entry-level coding certification
for physician, or professional fee, coders.
The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) is offered by the American Health Information
Management Association (AHIMA). It is an entry-level medical coding certification
across all settings--physician practices and inpatient hospital.
The Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) is offered by the National Healthcareer
Association (NHA) and is currently an entry-level medical billing certification for
physician practices. In the summer of 2021, the exam will transition to an entry-level
billing and coding certification, with the inclusion of ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS
Level II testing.