Facts and Questions

What is the difference between Online Self- Study, Stimulive Courses and Virtual "Live" Webinar Courses

The Online Self- study course is self-paced. Students will have up to 6 months to complete the course. Students will be assigned instructors and/ or coaches to assist them with completing the course

The Virtual Online Live Course is a live online course that meets up with an instructor every week for 12 weeks - 32 weeks. Students will meet on a specific day at a specific time. This class is similar to a classroom course.

Stimulive Courses are very similar to the Virtual "Live" courses except the lectures are pre- recorded. This allows the student to attend class any time of the day.

Which certification is right for me?

AHIMA Certification Descriptions

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®)

CCSs are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting.

These coding practitioners:


Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:


CCS-Ps are coding practitioners who:


CCS-P Eligibility FAQ Document


Certified Coding Associate (CCA®)

Based upon job analysis standards and state-of-the-art test construction, the CCA designation has been a nationally accepted standard of achievement in the health information management (HIM) field since 2002. More than 8,000 people have attained the certification since inception. The CCA, the CCS and the CCS-P are the only coding credentials worldwide currently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The CCA credential distinguishes coders by exhibiting commitment and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, including both hospitals and physician practices. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a shortage of more than 50,000 qualified HIM and HIT workers by 2015. Becoming a CCA positions you as a leader in an exciting and growing market. CCAs:

How Does the CCA Compare with Other AHIMA Coding Credentials?

The CCA exhibits coding competency in any setting, including both hospitals and physician practices. The CCS and CCS-P® exams demonstrate mastery level skills in an area of specialty: hospital-based for CCS's and physician practice-based for CCS-Ps.

Eligibility Requirements

AAPC Certification Description

Must demonstrate coding skills in ICD- 10CM, CPT and HCPCS

Medical Coding Certification Requirements