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

What do I need to register for this program?

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

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 ICD-10-CM (O,T)
  • Medical Coding CPT/HCPCS (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 aapc.com
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at ahima.org

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. The required books can be purchased at the Durham Tech Bookstore:

  • 2016 CPT Professional Edition
    Author/Publisher: AMA
    ISBN: 978-1-62202-204-5
  • HCPCS 2016 Level II Codebook
    Author/Publisher: AMA
    ISBN: 978-1-62202-222-9
  • Step By Step Medical Coding, 2016 Edition
    Author: Carol J. Buck
    ISBN: 978-0-323-38919-8
  • Step By Step Medical Coding, 2016 Edition, 1e Workbok Edition
    Author: Carol J. Buck
    ISBN: 13: 978-0-323-38921-1
  • Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-indexed Version), 22nd Edition
    Author: Donald Venes
    ISBN: 13:978-0-80362-977-6
  • Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety 15th Edition
    Author: Neil M. Davis
    ISBN: 978-0-931431-15-9

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.