Basic CPT Coding, Part 1

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The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the basic principles of CPT® coding and classification systems, the sequencing of codes and impact on reimbursement, as well as the ability to distinguish between CPT basic coding and HCPCS Level II codes.The student will practice assigning codes for non-surgical procedures in this course.

Coding Basics is a self-paced program which will cover the foundational concepts in the coding and billing profession. Coding professionals abstract clinical data from health records and assign appropriate medical codes. These codes are used for reimbursement, planning, and research. Comprehensive training in inpatient and outpatient coding is provided, along with the necessary background courses in health record content, medical terminology, and disease process.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic format of CPT® codes.
  • Apply basic guidelines for assigning CPT codes to all sections of CPT.
  • Apply departmental coding policies and procedures.
  • Apply existing procedures for coding CPT.
  • Assign code(s) for data collection and processing.
  • Apply existing control procedures to ensure accuracy and completeness of coded information.
  • Assign codes according to stated guidelines to outpatient and physician medical records.
  • Identify CPT concepts such as "Unlisted procedures."
  • Define CPT symbols.
  • List the key components in Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding.
  • List the classifications of E/M services.
  • Appropriately assign E/M codes on the basis of documentation.
  • Explain the purpose and usefulness of modifiers.
  • Assign correct coding assignment to the Medicine section of CPT.
  • Identify and understand Category II and Category III codes of CPT.
  • Identify HCPCS Level II codes.
  • Apply HCPCS coding guidelines.
  • Label or assign Category II and III CPT codes.


You must complete each item found on the main course page to successfully complete this course. Completion is identified with a green check mark symbol.

Each lesson has an associated lesson-level quiz provided for review. You may take the quizzes as many times as you like. However, note that you must achieve a score of 70% or higher on each quiz for it to mark as complete. Lesson-level quiz scores are not included on your course transcript, as the quizzes are review resources with unlimited attempts.

Unlike the quizzes, you are only allowed to take the Final Exam once, and you must complete it with a score of 70% or higher to successfully complete the course. Your score on the Final Exam composes 100% of the score shown on your transcript for the course.



  • Basic CPT/HCPCS Coding, 2018 edition by Smith. AHIMA Press. 
    ISBN: 9781584266235
    AHIMA Product Code: 
  • Basic CPT/HCPCS Coding Exercises, 4th edition by Smith. AHIMA Press. 
    ISBN: 9781584264613 
    AHIMA Product Code: 
  • CPT 2018 Standard Edition. AMA Press. 
    ISBN: 9781622025985

    AHIMA Product Code: VC205118

Optional Materials:

HCPCS Level II Codes: You can purchase HCPCS Level II Codes in book format; however, to save you the cost, you can also download the codes from the Internet, per the instructions included in the course. You will need to reference these codes to complete your coursework.

Note: Course enrollment includes one attempt to take the Final Exam. Your score on the Final Exam composes 100% of your score shown on your transcript for the course.  You must get a score of 70% or higher on the Final Exam to earn your CEUs and obtain your Certificate of Completion for the course. However, you will be able to continue on to the Course Evaluation or go back and review any of the previous content after taking the Final Exam regardless of score.


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