CPT Coding for Beginners

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Course Description

This self-study medical coding course will emphasize the rules and guidelines on the CPT coding manual.

The course benefits those who work or want to work in the medical field whether it be as a medical biller, medical coder, medical collector, or medical office administrator. 

The class format is designed to help the beginner coder learn and understand the concept of coding using the CPT-4 coding manual.

The course is designed to help the experienced coder gain additional knowledge and  practice on their speed in preparation for the coding certification exam. 

Coding scenarios are provided to help the student continue his/her knowledge in the field of medical coding.

Course Outline


1. Introduction to the CPT Coding Manual
Learn about the CPT coding manual and the requirements for applying CPT codes to medical services and procedures.
2. Modifiers, Symbols, and Sections of CPT

The CPT has six sections. Find out why the CPT book is divided into sections. A modifier changes the meaning of the CPT code. Find out how.

3. Evaluation & Management CPT Section

Visits made to a doctor are made up of a five digit CPT code. This code explains to an insurance company the severity of the patient's visit. 

4. Anesthesia Section
When a patient has surgery, anesthesia is provided by an Anesthesiologist or another healthcare provider. Modifiers are applied to the codes found in this section to inform the insurance carrier of special circumstances. CPT codes found in the Medicine Section are also discussed in this lesson.

5. Surgery & the Surgical Package
Did you know that some services are bundled into a surgery code? Find out the importance of bundling and unbundling in the lesson.

6. General & Integumentary CPT Section

Diseases of the skin sometimes require detailed surgery or procedures. An injection to aspirate a cyst or lesion is considered a surgery. 

Explore keywords in this section to help you code the correct procedure(s) involving the skin.

7. Musculoskeletal System CPT Section

Find out why you are unable to code for strappings and casts when a patient is treated for fracture care. You will also get detailed information about coding surgery relating to the muscles and skeletal structures.

8. Respiratory CPT Section
Common procedures in the Respiratory System are found in this lesson. Learn to code bronchoscopies, nasal endoscopies, and much more...

9. Cardiovascular CPT Section

The Cardiovascular System is a complex system as is coding for surgeries and procedures involving the heart and related structures. Other services related to the heart are found in the Medicine Section and will also be discussed in this lesson.

10. Digestive system CPT Section
This lesson focuses on coding endoscopies of the gastrointestinal tract. Endoscopies in this section are for the upper and lower GI system. We will also explore coding for hernia repair and appendectomies.

11. Urinary CPT section

Coding for urinary procedures and surgeries will be discussed in this lesson. Kidney-related procedures are covered in this lesson.

Codes from the Medicine Section will also be a topic of this lesson.

12. Male and Female Genital CPT Section

13. Maternity CPT Section

Find out how to code for deliveries in this lesson. Have you ever wondered how doctors get paid for multiple births?

14. Nervous System CPT Section
This lesson covers surgery on the brain and spine (nervous system).

15. Radiology and Pathology CPT Sections
Coding for x-rays, CT scans, and other radiographs are covered in this lesson. Lab/Pathology is also a part of this lesson. 

The Medicine Section is discussed throughout each individual surgery section.

In addition, students will obtain a brief overview of medical terminology to compliment coding skills.





Course Requirements


Classes: Introduction to Medical Coding and ICD-9-CM Coding Workshop found on www.universalclass.com 

Books required for this course:

CPT-4 Coding Manual 2010 (older versions are acceptable for learning purposes only)

Medical Terminology Book

Medical Dictionary

Instructional Strategies

Web-site links are provided for medical terminology and anatomy review. Other links are listed to review a surgical procedure.



Lessons are not scored 


All assignments are graded at 100% if instructions are followed. Failure to complete an assignment in it's entirety will provide the student with zero points.


Students must achieve a score of 70% on each exam. Only 1 retake is permitted on exams. Detailed explanations are provided if the answer is marked incorrect if the score is above 70%. Students re-taking exam will receive the detailed explanation after the re-take.


The instructor reserves the right to make changes to course content at any given time due to changes made to the coding systems by the American Medical Association (AMA).


The content of the class is the intellectual property of the instructor. Students are permitted to copy/paste the material for learning purposes only.

CPT (Coding Manual)

CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define and describe the CPT Coding System.
  • Define and recognize Modifiers, Sections, and Symbols of CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Evaluation and Management CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Anesthesia CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Surgery and the Surgical CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Integumentary CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Musculoskeletal System CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Respiratory CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Cardiovascular CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Digestive System CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Urinary CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Male and Female Genital CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Maternity CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Nervous System CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Radiology and Pathology CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Medicine CPT, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Assignment_Intro to CPT Coding Systems10
Exam/Intro to CPT Coding100
Assignment_Modifiers, Sections & Symbols of CPT10
Exam/Modifiers-Sections and Symbols of CPT106.25
Assignment _Evaluation & Management Section10
Exam/Evaluation & Management100
Assignment_Anesthesia Section10
Exam/Anesthesia Section100
Basic Elements of the Surgical Package100
Assignment_Integumentary System10
Exam/Integumentary System100
Assignment_Musculoskeletal System10
Exam/Musculoskeletal System100
Assignment_Respiratory System10
Exam/Respiratory System100
Cardiovascular Section100
Assignment_Digestive System10
Exam/Digestive Section90
Exam/Urinary System100
Assignment_Male and Female Genital Systems10
Exam/Male & Female Genital Section100
Assignment_Maternity Section10
Exam/Maternity Section100
Assignment_Nervous System10
Exam/Nervous System Section90
Assignment_Radiology and Pathology Sections10
Exam/Radiology and Pathology Sections100
Total Points:1606.25

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