American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Boot Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Designed to train and prepare students for national certification from American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), this 40-hour boot camp gives students an overview of medical coding and the transformation of narrative descriptions of diseases, injuries, and health care procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations (code numbers).

Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I need to register for this program?

  1. A completed Durham Tech Continuing Education registration form.
  2. Registration fee.
Registration Locations

Main Campus
Corporate Education Center
1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703
919-536-7222 x4011
Fax: 919-536-7277

Orange County Campus
525 College Park Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
919-536-7238 x4203
Fax: 919-536-7297

Northern Durham Center
2401 Snow Hill Road
Durham, NC 27712
919-536-7240 x4417
Fax: 919-536-7280

SouthBank Building
400 West Main Street 3rd floor Durham, NC 27701
919-536-7241 x4502
Fax: 919-536-7291

Northgate Mall Campus
1058 West Club Blvd.
Lower Level, Suite 675
Durham, NC 27701
919-536-7222 x4313
Fax: 919-536-7298

Are there prerequisites for this course?

Yes. If you are new to this field, you should take these courses in the order listed below:

  • Expanded Medical Terminology for the Health Care Professional (O,T)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office Professional (O,T)
  • Medical Coding I (O,T)
  • Medical Coding II (T)
  • Medical Insurance and Billing (O,T)
  • Electronic Health Records (O,T)
  • AHIMA/AAPC Medical Coding Boot Camp – suggested course to prepare for national certification (T)

(O-online course, T-traditional course)

Students may select one of the following online or traditional courses as an elective:

  • Communication Skills for Health Care Professionals
  • Medical Law

Does completing these recommended courses qualify me as a certified professional coder?

No. To become a certified professional coder (CPC), you must sit for and pass one of the following

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) AHIMA exam
  • CCS-P (physician-based) AHIMA exam

While these courses are designed to prepare students for the certification exams, additional work experience or education may be necessary to be fully prepared. Your readiness for the exam will depend on a variety of factors. For more information about testing dates and locations, and to learn more about becoming a CPC, CCS, CAA, CCS-P, CPCA, CPCH and other specialists, visit:

  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAOC) at
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at

Do boot camp students attend clinicals?

No. Students enrolled in this course do not participate in off-site clinical training.

Is there a required textbook?

Yes. Your instructor will tell you which books you need.

How much does the course cost?

Registration fee $125
Online $129*

*The cost of required textbooks is not included in the tuition. Fees subject to change.

What forms of payment are accepted?

  • Visa, Master Card, or Discover
  • Personal or company check
  • Money order
  • Third-Party authorization letter
  • Cash (accepted only at the Cashier’s Office, White 81, Main Campus)

What is the process if an agency (vocational rehabilitation, JOCCA, or WIA) is paying for my course and/or books?

You must provide a copy of the authorization to pay letter from the agency along with your registration form. Registrations are not accepted if we do not have the letter of authorization. If you are receiving assistance for your books, you will also need to submit an authorization to pay letter to the Durham Tech Bookstore.

Where is the AHIMA Boot Camp located?

The AHIMA Boot Camp is offered at the Corporate Education Center on Durham Tech’s Main Campus.

What if I still have questions?

Our Allied Health staff is happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in registering for the AHIMA Boot Camp course. For additional information, call 919-536-7222, ext. 4313.


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