How-To Complete in 6 Weeks


How to Complete an RN-Coder | RN-Auditor Program in 6 Weeks or Less

If you can “Make a Date” on your calendar for 1-2 hours of studying each day and 6-8 hours on the weekends, you CAN finish one of these programs in 4-6 weeks.  But you have to stick with it.  Let family, friends, and work colleagues know what you’re working on and why it’s important to you.  Some nurses have told me they went to the local library to study quietly!

 1.  Start with Step 1 -  by opening the blue Step 1 link in the email you received & moving those program files into the RN-Coder folder you set up on your desktop.  In order to open the blue underlined links on the attachments below, you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader, v.10 or 11 (for Windows 8).  If you do not have it, please go to & download the FREE Adobe Reader for your PC or MAC. 

2.  Some nurses like to start by reading the Day 1 - 5 Workbooks in sequence,  doing the homework assignments, and check their answers as they go.  So start with Day 1, reading thru the workbook and checking your answers against the answers in the back of the book.   Use your CPT coding manual as you read thru the Day 1 workbook. 

 3.  After completing the Day 1 workbook, proceed to go online to view the online RN-Coder Web-casts for Day  1by clicking on the blue links in sequence, following along in the coding manual.  In order to do the Day 1 homework assignments, you will want to print out the Homework.pdf, as well as 15 of the CMS1500 claim forms.  After completing the homework assignments, you will want to view the online Homework Discussions we had in class.  Remember, you can view & review any web-cast at any time. 

Repeat Steps 1 - 3 for each "Day" 2, 3, 4 & 5 until you have completed all 5 workbooks and viewed all the RN-Coder web-casts.

 4.  Once you feel you have completed the RN-Coder program to your own satisfaction, you're ready for the RN-Coder Online Final Exam.  It is 50 multiple-choice questions and you will have 90 minutes in which to complete it.  You may use your CPT, ICD9 & HCPCS coding manuals.  

 5.  Upon successful completion of the RN-Coder Final Exam (70% is passing), you will receive your CE Certificate of Completion, awarding you 40 CE contact hours for your RN nursing license.  We are an approved provider of the Calif. Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13482 since 2001.   Just let me know by email & I will send you the link.

You may want to practice taking the Sample certification exams in preparation for your Final Exam or for preparing for the AACCA certification exam.  You must be a member of AACCA in order to take their exams.  Go to for details.  

 6.   When you feel ready, just let me know by email and I will send you those links.  This is a 300-question exam in 4 sections (75 multiple-choice questions each).  You will have 2.5-3 hours in which to take each section.   These exams are proctored in Las Vegas on Friday of a "Class Week".  You may also take them online at home, since they are also time-proctored.  You may use your CPT, ICD9 & HCPCS coding manuals for the RN-Coder BASIC exam and the RN-Auditor exam.  For the AACCA RN-Coder ICD10 exam you will need the DRAFT ICD10CM & ICD10PCS coding manuals.

The RN-Auditor and the RN-Coder ICD10 programs are set up similarly with Workbooks and Web-Casts with powerpoint presentations and homework assignments.

Thousands of RNs, LPNs, some physicians, chiropractors and paramedics, along with some PAs and Nurse Practitioners have taken these CE programs.  They all bring to it what you bring to it – EVERYTHING YOU ALREADY KNOW CLINICALLY.

There is NO OTHER program like this which is designed specifically to teach correct coding, how to prevent & detect fraud in documentation & coding – and how to do ICD10 from a clinical perspective.

And, AACCA has the only “pure” ICD10 credential in the United States!  So upon completion of these three unique programs, you will have earned DOUBLE CE credit:  for your nursing license and for your AACCA coding & auditing credentials!

The upcoming RN-CDS credential will be the first one designed specifically for nurses to provide Clinical Documentation Improvement services – and not only inpatient care, but all patient care settings.  It’s an ambitious program, defined and researched by several experienced CDI specialists who have already completed the current three certificate programs.  We hope to have the RN-CDS program available by April, 2015.

If you have any questions at any time, please email me:

And thank you for being a part of the RN-Coder Network!

Joyce L. Thomas MHA, CPM, CCC-Advanced

Certified Clinical Coder – Advanced, since 2003

The baby in this 2010 picture with Joyce is “Leilani” who was born online with nearly 1000 “guests” (including Ricki Lake) attending her mother’s VBAC waterbirth at Joyce’s birthing center in Southern California, which she operated from 2008-2012.  Joyce is a Certified Professional Midwife, nationally licensed by the North American Registry of Midwives.  She holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of LaVerne, a BA from San Diego State, and an Associate degree in Nursing from Mohegan Community College.  But it is her Associate Science in Midwifery degree from the National College of which she is most proud.

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