Coding certificate programs which have earned formal approval under AHIMA’s Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) adhere to quality standards in programming, instruction and curriculum for non-degree granting academic coding certificate programs. PCAP approved coding certificate programs offer a comprehensive curriculum which meets or exceeds rigorous PCAP coding competencies and have been evaluated for compliance with faculty qualifications for coding education and program standards.
Benefits of formal PCAP approval:
The Directory of PCAP Approved Programs is an online resource which is frequently visited by prospective students who are specifically seeking coding certificate programs which meet rigorous coding education standards, as well as employers who are looking for well-trained job candidates.
An academic coding certificate program is eligible to apply for PCAP approval ONLY if:
There are no exceptions to these eligibility criteria.
Follow the steps below to formally apply for PCAP approval:
Annual Renewal (Attestation) Process
Follow the steps below to annually renew PCAP approval:
2018 PCAP Coding Competencies Implementation Timeline