CPC Practice Exam

Certified Cardiovascular Coder (CCC)

certified cardiovascular coder letters The Certified Cardiovascular Coder credential (CCC) is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

This credential is different than the Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder (CIRCC) credential. The CCC focuses on an individual's ability to read and understand operative notes as well as office notes, abstract pertinent information, and select the proper ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS codes for procedures and diagnosis.

The CCC examination is a 150 question, five hour and forty minute exam. Examinees are tested on both 1995 and 1997 E/M guidelines, Medicare rules and regulations regarding teaching situations, incident to, consultations, shared visits, and global surgeries. Examinees are also expected to be able to code surgical procedures that are commonly performed by a cardiologist (Ex. heart catherization, pacemaker placement, etc.). Knowledge of common medical terminology and anatomy and physiology are also tested.

Individuals who wish to obtain the CCC are encouraged to have prior education and experience, but it is not required. It is also suggested that examinees purchase and complete the AAPC's CCC study guide and practice exam.

Although the CCC credential is not one of the top two coding credentials sought after it is a great compliment to existing credentials. Individuals holding dual credentials (Ex. CPC and CCC) have marked themselves as experts in two areas and gain a competitive edge over individuals holding single credentials.


The CCC credential requires individuals to earn CEUs in order to maintain them.

The AAPC requires CEUs based on the number of credentials held by them.

For example: 1 credential requires 36 CEUs every 2 years and 2 credentials require 48 CEUs every 2 years.

For more information please see our CEU page.

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