CPC Practice Exam

Certified Professional Coder in Dermatology (CPCD)

certified professional coder in dermatology letters The Certified Professional Coder in Dermatology credential (CPCD) is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This credential focuses on an individual's knowledge of dermatology coding in a professional setting. This includes coding for E/M visits as well as procedures commonly performed by a detmatologist, such as debridements, lesion excisions, grafts, anf Mohs microsurgery.

The CPCD examination is a 150 question, five hour and forty minute exam. This exam covers CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM volumes I and II. The CPCD exam focuses the examinees knowledge of both 1995 and 1997 E/M documentation guidelines; Knowledge of Medicare guidelines regarding attestation statements for both MLPs and Residents; Consultation and global surgery guidelines; Correct modifier usage; Medical terminology; Anatomy and Physiology

Individuals who wish to obtain the CPCD are encouraged to have prior education and experience, but it is not required. In addition the AAPC recomends that examinees purchase the CPCD study guide and practice exam.

Although the CPCS 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 CPCD) have marked themselves as experts in two areas and gain a competitive edge over individuals holding single credentials.


The CPCD 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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