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ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders Certificate Program Program Details

Penn Foster’s online ICD-10 for ICD-9 Coders Certificate Program consists of four classes geared toward helping students gain an advanced skillset in ICD-10 medical coding. Learn how to apply CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding guidelines to identify diagnoses, procedures, patient medical records, and practice and prepare for the CPC exam.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare medical coders to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and to sit for the ICD-10 certification exam.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Apply CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS coding guidelines to identify diagnoses, procedures, and patient medical records
  • Identify the procedures for patient record retrieval and reimbursement
  • Explain the role of a medical coder as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices
  • Identify terms, facts, methods, procedures, concepts, theories, principles, and processes within medical billing and coding scenarios
  • Recognize relationships among data and classification of items within medical billing and coding scenarios
  • Interpret information to make proper coding decisions

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Your first course begins with an overview of coding concepts, terms, and procedures. You’ll explore the history of the ICD-10 coding system. You’ll code diagnoses in the ICD-10-CM and use the chapter-specific coding guidelines to code diseases and conditions with specific and unique rules. You’ll finish your course by learning how to code procedures in the ICD-10-PCS, rounding out your training in the basics of coding with ICD-10.


  • Describe the purpose of coding and the documentation used in coding
  • Assign ICD-10-CM codes using the ICD-10-CM coding manual
  • Correctly apply coding guidelines for ICD-10
  • Assign procedure codes using ICD-10-PCS
Additional Course Materials


  • Step-by-Step Medical Coding
  • ICD-10-CM

Learning Aid: Certification Test Prep

In this course, students will concentrate on the diagnoses or procedures that don’t seem to fit into any specific coding category. Students will also learn about general coding guidelines for inpatient and outpatient procedures and physician office coding using ICD-10-CM, HCPCS Level I, and HCPCS Level II procedure coding.


  • Assign codes for services and procedures using CPT and HCPCS Level II
  • Outline the procedure for assigning codes from the E/M and Anesthesia sections of the CPT
  • Outline the types of services and procedures described in the CPT
  • Explain the types of procedures coded in the hemic, lymphatic, digestive, reproductive, and urogenital systems
  • Describe the procedures coded in the endocrine, nervous, ocular, auditory, radiology, pathology, and medicine sections of CPT
Additional Course Materials


  • CPT
  • HCPCS Level II

Learning Aid: Certification Test Prep

This course will prepare you to sit for a certification exam to become a professional coder. You'll review all of the domains that will be covered on the test, and you'll take practice coding exams to simulate the test-taking experience.


  • Describe the anatomy, terminology, and pathophysiology of various body systems
  • Code for rendered services using the CPT manual
  • Explain the use of HCPCS codes and how to prevent reimbursement issues
  • Code for diagnoses using the ICD-10-CM manual
  • Assess your knowledge of medical coding by taking a certification exam pretest
  • Assess your certification test readiness by taking a certification exam posttest
Additional Course Materials


  • Buck’s Physician Coding Exam Review

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

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