CCA Exam

CCA Exam Info

CCA stands for Certified Coding Associate.  The CCA exam is conducted by American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  To take the exam you must have a high school diploma and it is recommended to have at least 6 months of related on the job experience.  The cost of taking the exam is $199 for AHIMA members and $299 for non-members.  The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions, 90 of which are scored.  There are ten randomly assigned questions that do not effect the grade within each test.  The test has a two hour time limit.

CCA Employment

CCAs is a more generalized coding certification:

  • Demonstrate a level of competency, and professionalism that employers are seeking
  • Separate themselves from non-credentialed coders and those holding credentials from lesser organizations

CCA Exam Preparation

When preparing for the CCA exam make sure to check out the AHIMA website they have helpful info on scheduling exams, and preparation tips.  When studying for the CCA exam you will find the books listed below helpful.  They are all recommended by AHIMA and I was able to find them listed at the lowest prices on Amazon.


Comment from Teresa Thomas
Time August 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I would like to take make exam, but I would like to know what to study.

Comment from nina
Time December 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

In the next few months I will be recieving my associates degree in medical coding. Ive learned about the ICD9 this entire time and know the ICD 10 is coming out. Should I still take the CCA exam or will it be a waste of time and money? What to do know after learning and finishing school for the ICD9?

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