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Certified Inpatient Coder   

Prepare for the AAPC CIC™ certification exam and learn the principles of medical coding related to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. Chromebooks are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • ICD-10-CM Expert for Hospitals
  • ICD-10-PCS Expert

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Demand for medical coders will grow 13% by 2026, so there's no better time to advance your career. This online medical coding course will train you to become a Certified Inpatient Coder.

The AAPC Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™) credential proves that you are an expert in inpatient medical records review. Earning CIC™ certification requires previous work experience, so most professionals prepare for the exam while working full-time. With this course's flexible online format, you can prepare for the CIC™ exam on your own schedule.

  1. Inpatient Facilities and Related Hospital Departments
  2. Anatomy and Medical Terminology Review
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Inpatient Documentation and Coding
  5. Inpatient Diagnosis Coding – General Guidelines
  6. Inpatient Diagnosis Coding – Chapter Specific Guidelines
  7. ICD-10-PCS Procedure Coding
  8. CMS and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems
  9. Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems
  10. Regulatory and Payer Requirements
  11. Business in the Facility
  12. Compliance in the Facility
  13. Inpatient Coding Cases

What you will learn

  • How to apply the official ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding guidelines for diagnoses and procedures
  • Understand the different types of hospital facilities and their documentation and coding standards
  • Understand the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) coding guideline
  • Differentiate between inpatient and outpatient services and payment methodologies (IPPS and OPPS)
  • Understand the difference between MS-DRGs and APC assignments

How you will benefit

  • Holding the CIC™ certification credential validates the expert level knowledge
  • Specialized medical coding experience helps with career advancement
  • According to, more remote coding positions are available for certified inpatient coders

Kathryn Williamson

Kathryn Williamson, CPC, CIC, is the education specialist for the inpatient curriculum at AAPC. Prior to working in an outpatient medical facility, she started her career as a dental assistant. She has been a medical coder for over 6 years and works as sole on-site coder for a 40-bed full-service hospital.


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