AHIMA Gold Standard Certifications

Certified Coding Associate (CCA®)

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The CCA is an entry level credential certifying data quality skills for coding professionals in all healthcare settings, including both inpatient and outpatient.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school diploma or international equivalent

The following are also recommended:

  • Six months coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Completion of an AHIMA-approved coding program; OR
  • Completion of other coding training program to include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, basic ICD diagnostic/procedural and basic CPT coding.

Career Opportunities:
Abstractor/abstract coder, administrator/patient coordinator coder/coding analyst, medial biller/coder. Revenue cycle specialist, supervisor, transcriptionist/medical record clerk, utilization review/inpatient

Exam Preparation

Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Preparation, Sixth Edition by Rachael D’Andrea, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CPHQ, CHTS-TR. AHIMA Press.

E-Learning:
CCA Practice Exam. AHIMA Online Education

In-Person Workshops
Check your local chapter for upcoming workshops.

Additional CCA Recommended Resources

Products
Content Domains
Books
Clinical Classification Systems Reimbursement Methodologies Health Records and Data Content Compliance Information Technologies Confidentiality Privacy
Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Preparation, Sixth Edition by Rachael D’Andrea, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CPHQ, CHTS-TR. AHIMA Press.
Basic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding, 2017by Lou Ann Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA; and Brooke Palkie, EdD, RHIA. AHIMA Press.
Basic Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and HCPCS Coding, 2017 by Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P. AHIMA Press.
Clinical Coding Workout with Partial Online Answers, 2017. AHIMA Press.
Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, Fifth Edition by Nanette B. Sayles, EdD, RHIA, CHPS, CCS, CPSHIMS,
FAHIMA; and Leslie L. Gordon, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, editors. AHIMA
Press.
Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement, Fifth Edition by Anne B. Casto, RHIA, CCS; and Elizabeth Layman, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA.
AHIMA Press.
E-Learning
AHIMA Coding Basics Course. AHIMA Online Education. Note: May take
all 13 courses, or purchase individual courses.
CCA Practice Exam. AHIMA Online Education.
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