Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

What is CCS?

Coding specialists are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, often in a hospital setting but also in a variety of other healthcare settings. The CCS credential demonstrates a practitioner's tested skills in data quality and accuracy as well as mastery of coding proficiency.

The CCS certification is a natural progression for professionals experienced in coding inpatient and outpatient records. Coding specialists create coded data used by hospitals and medical providers to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Researchers and public health officials also use this data to monitor patterns and explore new interventions.

This Include:

Review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.

Possess expertise in the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and coding systems.

Well versed in medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology concepts.


While not required, one of the following are recommended to sit for the CCS examination:

Complete courses in all the following topics: anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic coding, and procedural coding and medical services (CPT/HCPCS) plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR

Minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes; OR

Hold a coding credential from another certifying organization plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR

Exam Specifications

The CCS is a timed exam. Candidates have four hours to complete the exam. The total number of questions on the exam range between 115 and 140 total items. The exam consists of two sections, a Multiple-Choice Section and a Medical Scenario Section (inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department). The exam is given in a computer-based format.

AHIMA exams contain a variety of questions or item types that require you to use your knowledge, skills, and/or experience to select the best answer. Each exam includes scored questions and pre-test questions randomly distributed throughout the exam. Pre-test questions are not counted in the final results.

The passing score for the CCS is 300

Competencies for CCS fall into four domains. Each domain accounts for a specific percentage of the total questions on the certification exam. See the Exam Content Outline below for greater detail.


The best way to prepare for CCS Exam is to get trained with MedVision Health Solutions by enrolling in the CCS Advanced Course. This program is designed according to the AHIMA syllabus, which includes Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminologies, ICD-10 CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS. Medvision Health Solutions will ensure the candidates to receive an effective and comprehensive education of all the code sets and guidelines you will encounter during the CCS Exam.


1 Month

Course details

Anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, CPT, ICD-10 CM, ICD-10 PCS, HCPCS

Additional training

Exam-oriented training for 100% results.


Dr. BANUREKHA, CPC, CCS with experience medical coding professionals.