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

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AHIMA Boot Camp provides students an overview of Medical Coding and the transformation of narrative descriptions of diseases, injuries, and healthcare procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations (that is, code numbers.) The code numbers are detailed in order to accurately describe the diagnoses (that is, what is wrong with the patient) and the procedures performed to test or correct those diagnoses. This course is offered to help students prepare for National Certification.

medical coding photoWhat do I need to register for the AHIMA Boot Camp Class?

Complete the Durham Tech Continuing Education registration form.

Are there any prerequisites for the courses?

The recommended course sequence follows (O=Online, T=Traditional):

  1. Expanded Medical Terminology for the Health Care Professional (O,T)
  2. Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office Professional (T)
  3. Medical Coding I  (O,T)
  4. Medical Coding II  (O,T)
  5. Medical Insurance and Billing (O,T)
  6. Electronic Health Records (O,T)
  7. AAPC/AHIMA Medical Coding Boot Camp (T) – Suggested course to prepare for National Certification


What is the next step after Bootcamp?

Students should be ready to sit for the National Exam with AHIMA or AAPC.
Examination for AHIMA – 4 hours computerized exam
Examination for AAPC – 5 hours and 40 minutes paper exam.

Does completing Medical Coding courses certify me as a Certified Professional Coder?

No. If you are inexperienced in the medical field, you can sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) AHIMA exam. In order to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), you must sit for the CPC exam and successfully pass it; or you can sit for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) AHIMA exam or the CCS-P (Physican-based) AHIMA exam and successfully pass it. While these courses are designed to prepare you for the exam, you may need additional work experience or education to be fully prepared for the exam. Each student comes from a different background and has a different level of experience.

Your readiness for the exam will depend on a variety of factors. You may learn more about becoming a CPC or CCA/CCS/CCS-P and about testing dates and locations by visiting the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC- ) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA

Are there any textbooks required for the course?

Yes, there are several books required for the course. View the list of AHIMA textbooks. Please note that the book cost is not included in the registration fee.


How much does the course cost?


  • Registration Fee $120
  • CAPS Fee $4

Registration Total $124

Total Program Cost $589.11

ADDITIONAL STUDENT FEES (estimated cost of books)

  • Step-by-Step Medical Coding, 2013 Edition, textbook $87.95
  • ICD-9-CM Standard for Hospitals (2013) Vol 1,2,3, textbook $109
  • Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary $32.31
  • Medical Abbreviations, textbook $28.95
  • CPT 2013 (indexed) Professional Ed. Spiral (AMA) $109.95
  • HCPCS Level II Professional $96.95

Total Student Fees $ 465.11

How do I register for a traditional or online course?

Read the policy information and Continuing Education registration procedures. You must return your registration form and payment at least five business days before your course start date. If you return your required registration materials late, we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to process your request.

Can I register for the AHIMA Boot Camp class early?

No. Once the schedule has been posted on the Web or you receive the schedule of courses in the mail, you may register at that time.

If an agency (Vocational Rehabilitation, JOCCA, or WIA) is paying for my class and/or books, what do I need to register?

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 an “authorization to pay” letter to submit to the Durham Tech Bookstore.

What if I still have questions?

Our Allied Health staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in the process of registering for the AHIMA program. For general information call 919-536-7222, ext. 4313 or Denise Kimball, Allied Health Program Assistant at 919-536-7222, ext. 4314.

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