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Inpatient Based Medical Coding Course

A Complete, Online Education for Learning Inpatient Medical Coding in a Hospital, Facility or ASC Setting

For over 16 years we have been teaching medical coding – with many students successfully passing their first exams after training with us by viewing our videos and learning our techniques. This Inpatient Based Medical Coding course will provide you the training you need to learn HOW to do hospital or facility based medical coding and gives you all the training needed to pass the AAPC CIC™ certification exam. You will be ready to start your new Inpatient Based Medical Coding career.

Our goal is to give you all the current information needed to be a successful inpatient medical coder AND pass your inpatient medical coding CIC™ exam test. This includes teaching students the correct way to abstract information from the medical record for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding, and specialized payment knowledge in MS-DRGs and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS).

When you are finished with our inpatient based medical coding course, you will be able to…

  • Review medical records and abstract information required to support accurate inpatient coding
  • Assign accurate ICD-10 medical codes for diagnoses and procedures performed in the inpatient setting
  • Learn current rules, regulations, and issues regarding medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement under MS-DRG and IPPS systems
  • Integrate coding and reimbursement rule changes in a timely manner to include updating the Charge Description Master (CDM), fee updates, and the Field Locators (FL) on the UB04
  • Understand the anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology required to correctly code facility services and diagnoses
  • Understand outpatient reimbursement methodologies (OPPS)

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BHAT® System Included

Includes The BHAT® System

BHAT® (pronounced ‘bat’) stands for “Bubble, Highlight and Annotate Technique“. This is a proprietary system, which is used in connection with our educational services, created by Laureen Jandroep in 1999 that uses bubbling, highlighting and annotation techniques to help students quickly find key answers in their manuals during the open book CPC® exams.

Instead of flipping back and forth between pages where the guidelines are, the answers are right next to the codes when a student takes the board exam. Students have stated the BHAT® system gave them the confidence they needed to pass the exam. Another plus: the BHAT® system helps coders in their day to day coding work after the exam as well! [Learn More]

The Inpatient Based Medical Coding Course

PC CIC Inpatient Coding Course
I can literally go on forever, but just wanted to say a couple of things. I’m in my final semester at Daytona state College, I’ll be graduating in December with my AS, however I never would have made it through without this website and these incredible people at CCO, had I known about their Academy I would have forgone the route I went. I am happy to say that I sat for and passed the CPC, after extensive practice exams, and the direct advice from laureen, don’t even try until you are consistently getting 85 or better on the practice exams. It worked, I passed. Joann for billing, Sylvia for ICD 10, Chandra for EVERYTHING, and laureen for the company, you guys are the greatest thing that’s ever happened to coding. I am your biggest advocate when am asked anything about coding and billing, just go to CCO, they have absolutely everything you need. Love you guys and all that you do, thank you so very much

What To Expect From Our CIC™ Course

  • Preparation to receive the AAPC’s CIC® credential and qualify for a career as a medical coder in an hospital inpatient or ASC setting.
  • Access to a team of CPC® and CIC® certified coaches to assist and answer your questions as needed.
  • Video Lectures so it’s as if you are sitting there in class right with Laureen and the other instructors
  • Reading assignments from the most widely used medical coding text in the industry
  • Online exams with immediate grading and feedback
  • Student Support Forum dedicated to supporting our students
  • Regular coaching sessions and review of your progress.

Required Courses, Knowledge and Books

Who Can Benefit From This Course:

  • New students looking to change careers
  • Existing students enrolled outside CCO that require supplemental training
  • Healthcare workers looking to switch roles at their workplace such as front office clerks, medical receptionists, case managers, medical records clerks, transcriptionists, schedulers, research coordinators, nurses, caregivers or similar roles.
  • Important Pre-Requisite: Students are required to have a previous medical coding course, medical coding experience or CPC-A or CPC credentials to properly learn this Inpatient Coding Course material.

What’s the Difference Between the CPC, COC and CIC Credentials?

What You Can Expect From Our
Inpatient Based Medical Coding Course

Ready for More? We’re Also Including $542 In Free Bonuses 

Core CIC™ Material Covered in the Course

  • Chapter 1 – The Rationale for and History of Coding

  • Chapter 2 – The Health Record as the Foundation of Coding

  • Chapter 3 – ICD-10-CM Format and Conventions

  • Chapter 4 – Basic Steps of Coding

  • Chapter 5a – General Coding Guidelines for Diagnosis

  • Chapter 6 – Introduction to ICD-10-PCS

  • Chapter 7 – General Coding Guidelines for Other Medical and Surgical Related Procedures and Ancillary Procedures

  • Chapter 8 – Coding Medical and Surgical Procedures

  • Chapter 9 – Symptoms, Signs, and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings

  • Chapter 10 – Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases

  • Chapter 11 – Neoplasms

  • Chapter 12 – Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs and Certain Disorders Involving the Immune Mechanism

  • Chapter 13 – Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases

  • Chapter 14 – Mental, Behavioral, and Neurodevelopmental

  • Chapter 15 – Diseases of the Nervous System, Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa, and Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid

  • Chapter 16 – Diseases of the Circulatory System

  • Chapter 17 – Diseases of the Respiratory System

  • Chapter 18 – Diseases of the Digestive System

  • Chapter 19 – Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

  • Chapter 20 – Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue

  • Chapter 21 – Diseases of the Genitourinary System

  • Chapter 22 – Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium

  • Chapter 23 – Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period, Congenital Malformations, Deformations & Chromosomal Abnormalities

  • Chapter 24 – Injuries and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes and External Causes of Morbidity

  • Chapter 25 – Burns, Adverse Effects, and Poisonings

  • Chapter 26 – Complications of Surgical and Medical Care

Bonus Content & Extra Resources

  • BHAT® Cave Access
  • Crash Course Anatomy & Physiology Videos
  • The Parts of Medicare: A & B

  • The Parts of Medicare: C & D

  • What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule?

  • ICD-10-CM SIRS, Sepsis, and Severe Sepsis Chart
  • ICD-10-CM Otitis Media Chart
  • Student Support Hub
  • Instructor Coaching and Support

How Does Our Inpatient Medical Coding Course Compare?



Lecture Format Slides (with fun graphics to keep it interesting), Video of Instructor Speaking (so it feels like we are right in front of you) Slides with Instructor  Speaking
Length of Access 9 Months 4 Months Only
(Add $149.75 for 9 Months)
CIC Review Blitz Addon
($179 Value)
ICD-10-CM Review Blitz
($139 Value)
BHAT® Cave Included
Live Student Support Calls
Student Support Hub
Personal Coach
Monthly Q&A Webinar
Payment Plans Available
Price $1,869
(9 Months Access)
$2,295 (4 Months Access)
$2,444 (9 Months Access)

Our Programs Have Worked For Hundreds of Students!

“It definitely got me well prepared”

Just want to let everyone know that I took my CPC exam on December 08 and passed with an 88%. I did an online course so I did not have a teacher in front of me at any time. I attribute much of my success to the Blitz videos because then it felt like a teacher to help me. Laureen is the best! If I can do this at age 54 then anyone can do it! Do not doubt yourself, hard work and hard studying pay off. I did over 750 practice questions to get me ready for this. Not one question was on the exam but I think it definitely got me well prepared along with the “Bubbling and Highlighting” technique. Good luck to anyone studying for the CPC!” – Darlene Bakaj-Wood, CPC-A

“I failed two times… then bought your videos”

“At age 49, I started to go back to school in a MBC program, Graduated at age 50 with high honors, and valedictorian…. I attended an alumni meeting a year later, and the MBC Program Director hired me to teach the MBC Externship Program…. I had to become CPC® certified within months to keep employment there. I failed the first time, couldn’t finish in the 5-1/2 hours allotted then.

Failed the second time by the skin of my teeth- 69. And then restudied, restudied and bought your videos, which I viewed a few times.

Going through the CPT book and BHAT® guidelines and all those tips made the exam go smoother. I took the exam, passed and incredibly finished in 4-1/2 hours. That’s a record for me. Yes, it cost me again to pay for the exam but I have no regrets whatsoever. Your videos helped me tremendously the 3rd time around and I just wanted to say thanks to you. 3 Times was a charm for me.  NEVER GIVE UP. Keep up the great work. You are awesome, you teach from your heart and your tips are EXCELLENT” – Mary

Can you hear me screaming from the roof top??!! I passed my CPC certification on the very first try! I am so thankful for your Blitz videos and practice exams. I just found out today that I actually passed the test.
Brittany Pendleton
Just wanted to say that I took my CPC exam in December and I passed. I honestly feel that this course was amazing! I researched coding and found this site and am so grateful that I did. I was nervous about starting an online course. I felt the Blitz was extremely helpful in helping me pass the exam. It is very important to do the Blitz and practice exams. I don’t feel like I could have done it without CCO! Thank you.
Karie Jarvis-Slayton
I passed my CPC exam on first try with 80%. I could not have done this without the Blitz videos and practice exams. The bubble and highlighting really assisted in my getting thru all 150 questions in the allotted time. My thanks to Laureen and the team as I could not have done it without you guys!!
Lisa Colbert
Dear Laureen, I found out today that I passed the CPC® exam with 87%. Your CPC Review Blitz videos were extremely helpful. I learned so much more from these videos than I ever did in school. Every chapter was well structured and easy to follow. It boosted my confidence and kept me motivated all along. I can’t thank you enough.
Kartika Shree, CPC®-A
I’m one of the ones that passed the certification exam because of your Blitz videos…I’m back in class taking refresher coding courses to keep my self abreast of the updates. I’m in 2 classes with about 20 students in each class, all trying to get certified. As your Blitz was such a blessing to me, I printed from the internet your advertisement page for your Blitz Videos. I’m going to give each of my classmates a copy and let them know that I had tried passing the certification exam several times and didn’t pass until I viewed your course. I hope some, if not all, will take an interest and will order your course. Thanks again for the help you have been to me.
Mary L. Springs
Dear Laureen: I’ve just received notification that I’ve passed my CPC® exam- on the first try!!! There is no way I would have passed the exam without your Blitz Course. The advice and tips you gave are invaluable. Money well spent. I hope to use this certification and my past experience to become an instructor in medical coding and billing. Thank you so much for this step up to my future career!!
Virginia Farrell, CPC®
The Blitz along with several practice tests really helped me feel confident when I walked into the exam. I finished with 40 minutes to spare, which I took to go back over the questions/scenarios I wasn’t super sure I did all I could to answer correctly. I was able to take some time and change a couple of answers in that extra time. And I PASSED my first time taking the CPC exam!
Much thanks to Laureen and Alicia for your help and support! I passed the first time with an 88%! I feel such a sense of accomplishment! I knuckled down and completed the PBC course and the Blitz. The bubbling and highlighting is superb! Also, the practice exams were very helpful as Laureen and Alicia advised. Alicia’s understanding and nurturing coaching style is perfect for me. She was available when I needed her. Looking forward to continuing my studies with both of you.
Kathleen Donoghue

Salary Data Reveals That More Credentials = Higher Salary

A recent salary survey by the AAPC revealed that the more AAPC credentials you carry, the higher your salary. It’s also common for peers to place greater value and trust on individuals with more credentials.

In case you’re curious, here are the average salaries for medical business professionals with one, two and three credentials.

CIC Inpatient Coder Salary

Invest In Your Inpatient Medical Coding Career Today!

IPC Medical Coding Course

  • One Payment Only
  • 24/7 Instant, Online Access
  • CIC Review Blitz ($179 Value)
  • BHAT® Cave Included
  • Live Group Coaching Calls
  • Student Support Hub (SSH) Forum Support
  • ICD-10-CM Review Blitz ($139 Value)
  • Private, One-on-One Coaching
  • 1 Welcome Phone Call, 4 Support Phone Calls
  • 9 Months of Access
  • Books/Manuals Not Included.See Required Books Here.

IPC Medical Coding Course (6-Pay Plan)

  • Then 5 Payments of $344 Every 30 Days
  • 24/7 Instant, Online Access
  • CIC Review Blitz ($179 Value)
  • BHAT® Cave Included
  • Live Group Coaching Calls
  • Student Support Hub (SSH) Forum Support
  • ICD-10-CM Review Blitz ($139 Value)
  • Private, One-on-One Coaching
  • 1 Welcome Phone Call, 4 Support Phone Calls
  • 9 Months of Access
  • Books/Manuals Not Included.See Required Books Here.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Students will need to supply their own textbooks and/or manuals. Click here to see the required textbooks.

Yes. Students are required to have a previous medical coding course, medical coding experience or CPC-A or CPC credentials to properly learn the material taught inside this course.

No, there are no CEUs included with this course effective Jan 17th, 2019. If you need CEU’s, please consider joining the CCO Club.

Videos can only be played while connected to a high-speed internet connection. We do not allow videos to be downloaded or played offline.

This Course is already complete and live. You can watch them immediately after ordering.

No. You will need to purchase the AAPC exam directly from the AAPC website.

No, all the lessons have been pre-recorded by our Certified Instructor and are available for replay via any modern internet-enabled device.

We recommend this for certified coders but if you have a solid coding background you would be fine to take this course.

Due to the instant availability of internet-based training, CCO does not provide refunds or cancellations on any of our products including Courses, Review Blitzes, Practice Exams, Bundles, CEU Classes, Combos or CCO Club payments.

Since 1999, we’ve been proudly training thousands of students to help them pass their certification exams. If you feel the need to see examples of our teaching style, please visit our YouTube channel with hundreds of videos and over 2 million views. If you would like to read past student reviews on our products, you’re welcome to read through our hundreds of  testimonials.

System Requirements for Streaming Video

  • Our members area offers online streaming videos that are fully compatible with the newest web browsers from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Older versions of web browsers will not work since they do not support HTML5 or modern video files.
  • CCO only supports the Chrome Web Browser which can be downloaded for free here.
  • We recommend a modern Computer, Laptop or Tablet and a high-speed internet connection to experience smooth streaming playback of our HD videos. Slower computers (pre-2010) and internet connections will result in choppy playback and browser errors.
  • Newer iPhones and iPads are fully supported.
  • Android devices are not officially supported, but students report the videos play well on them.
  • Finally, don’t stress the tech stuff too much. Our friendly support team is always here to help you on your medical coding journey.