Healthcare Leadership and Innovation

1.  LPN with coding

Posted 08-30-2017 22:07
Hello Everyone
Can LPN( licensed practical nurse) go for the CDI? If yes what additional education or experience would be needed?
Thanks in advance.
Deepti Mannan

Deepti Mannan

2.  RE: LPN with coding

Posted 08-31-2017 19:58
Hi Deepti,
I don't think an LPN is qualified for the CDIP exam. Based on the information posted on AHIMA website, you need to be at least, an experienced CCS.

Anthonia Okeke

3.  RE: LPN with coding

Posted 09-01-2017 10:04
Hello Deepti,

Thank you for your interest in the CDIP exam.

An LPN does meet the requirements to sit for the CDIP exam.  However, you can become eligible if you have an associate's degree or higher (coursework must include medical terminology and A&P) and have three years of CDI experience.

I've included the exam eligibility criteria below for your reference:


Candidates who would like to sit for the CDIP exam must meet one of the eligibility requirements below:

  • An RHIA®, RHIT®, CCS®, CCS-P®, RN, MD or DO and two (2) years experience in clinical documentation improvement; OR
  • An Associate's degree or higher and three (3) years of experience in clinical documentation improvement (candidates must also have completed coursework in Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology)

Jo Santos, RHIA
Sr. Manager, Test Administration

4.  RE: LPN with coding

Posted 09-02-2017 07:00
Thank you Sir.
Well I have bachelors in traditional medicine from India so that covers medical terminology and anatomy physiology. How can I gain experience in CDI while working as LPN?

Deepti Mannan