The Professional Medical Coding Curriculum—PMCC
The American Academy Professional Coders (AAPC)

The Professional Medical Coding Curriculum (PMCC) is the official coding course developed by The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Instructors must be AAPC approved. This 147-hour prescribed course of study is designed to prepare students for the Certified Professional Coder exam, the AAPC’s 5-hour-40 minute National Certification Exam for physician practice coders. This comprehensive program includes detailed lessons in medical chart documentation, medical terminology, anatomy, ICD-10 diagnosis coding, CPT-4 coding for Anesthesia, Evaluation & Management (E&M) Services, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology & Laboratory Services, Medical Services, and a review of federal and payer coding concepts. Also included are lessons from the Healthcare Common Procedural Coding Level II manual for the coding of supplies and ancillary services.

Each subject is presented in a module format. There are 22 modules of study. Each student has to show two (2) years experience as a coder or pass an entrance exam.

All PMCC students are required to become members of the American Academy of Professional Coders prior to the course start date.

AAPC Membership is a prerequisite for either the CPC or CPC-A credential examination.

The student is responsible for AAPC student membership and enrollment, which can be done on-line at, and for the cost of the examination.

Students MUST have recent training in medical terminology and anatomy to register for this program.

Course schedule and additional information