About ACDIS' Certifications and Certificates

Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS)

CCDS LogoClinical documentation specialists understand a wide range of specialized disciplines, including education in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology; knowledge of official medical coding guidelines, CMS, and private payer regulations related to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System; an ability to analyze and interpret medical record documentation and formulate appropriate physician queries; and an ability to benchmark and analyze clinical documentation program performance.

The Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential provides a mark of distinction for this unique profession. Applicants who pass the certifying exam receive the designation.


Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist-Outpatient (CCDS-O)

The Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist-Outpatient (CCDS-O) provides a trusted baseline of competency for CDI in the outpatient setting, which includes physician practices, hospital clinics, and the emergency department, among other settings.

The CCDS-O credential represents a mark of excellence for CDI professionals operating in outpatient settings, and provides employers with a baseline of competency for existing staff or potential hires.


The ACDIS-Approved CDI Apprentice Program

The ACDIS CDI Apprenticeship is a certificate program comprised of foundational CDI education paired with a review of core compliance and ethical principles. Candidates who pass the final exam receive a certificate of CDI foundational training and are allowed to designate themselves as an ACDIS-Approved CDI Apprentice.

Designation as an ACDIS CDI Apprentice demonstrates to potential employers that an individual has foundational knowledge of CDI.