Coding Certificate Program FAQ

The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program consists of three courses: Basic Coding for OMS, OMS Billing and Beyond the Basics Coding. AAOMS believes those who successfully complete the program should be recognized for their accomplishment and proficiency in OMS coding. While they do not receive certification, those AAOMS members and staff who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion and a lapel pin. Read on for frequently asked questions about the program.

The information provided to you is intended for educational purposes only. In no event shall AAOMS be liable for any decision made or action taken or not taken by you or anyone else in reliance on the information provided. For legal or other professional advice, consult your own professional advisers.

Is there a defined amount of time permitted to complete the AAOMS Coding Certificate Program?


Yes. AAOMS allows 18 months to complete the program, beginning with the date of registration for the first course.

I have been coding for several years and am proficient in basic coding. Must I take the basic online course to be eligible for the Coding Certificate Program?


AAOMS recommends taking the Basic Coding course first. This course lays the foundation for the Beyond the Basics and OMS Billing Online courses. There is, however, one exception. If you are employed by a member of AAOMS who will attest to your basic coding knowledge, it is possible to waive participation in the Basic Coding Online course and still be eligible for the certificate program. In order to do this, a letter from the OMS would be necessary. AAOMS strongly suggests taking all three courses to maximize your OMS coding knowledge.

If I complete the Coding Certificate Program, will I be considered a certified coder (or a person holding a coding certification)?


No. The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program should not be confused with certification. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are two groups that have stringent requirements, coursework and testing to award coding certification and credentials. AAOMS is not a coding certifying body. The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program issues a certificate of completion of OMS coding education.

Have any organizations preapproved AAOMS coding courses for continuing education?


Yes, all the AAOMS online coding courses and the Beyond the Basics Coding course are approved for continuing medical and dental education credit. AAOMS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Because the AAOMS coding courses are approved for CME and AMA PRA Category 1 credit, AAPC will honor 1.0-for-1.0 CEUs. For more information on receiving AAPC credit, email coding@aaoms.org.

Will I receive a certificate of completion for each course? I would like to have proof to show my employer I have completed a particular level while working toward completion of the Coding Certificate Program.


Yes. Following completion of each course, participants will be able to obtain a CE certificate that will include prior approval information for CE bodies, such as ADA, AMA and AAPC. Online course attendees will be able to print their certificate following course completion and course evaluation. Those attending the in-person workshop will be able to visit AAOMS.org/MyCE, fill out an evaluation and immediately print their certificate of completion. Those attending the in-person workshop who choose to complete a paper evaluation will receive their CE letter of completion via email within three weeks.

I am a Certified Professional Coder through AAPC and AHIMA. Are the courses included in the AAOMS Coding Certificate Program approved for AAPC and AHIMA continuing education credit?


Following completion of each level, participants will have an opportunity to print a CE certificate (for the online courses by visiting AAOMS.org/MyCE), or one can be emailed to them (following the in-person courses). This CE certificate will include prior approval information for medical and dental continuing education credit and may be submitted to AAPC. For more information on receiving AAPC credit, email coding@aaoms.org. All online courses are not applicable for AHIMA credit at this time.

Does the Coding Certificate Program designation ever expire?


There is no expiration. The Coding Certificate Program is a certificate program rather than actual certification. Courses are updated annually as necessary to keep in line with coding and regulatory changes. Therefore, many OMSs and staff retake the courses as a refresher to stay in compliance.