Program Requirements

The Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) examination is designed to test an applicant's ability to recall documentation and coding guidelines and industry regulations pertaining to clinical documentation improvement and apply that knowledge to real-life scenarios clinical documentation specialists face every day.

Achieving this credential recognizes that a clinical documentation specialist possesses prerequisite educational requirements as well as proven, hands-on experience performing the function of a clinical documentation specialist.

To read about the CCDS prerequisites, click here.

Individuals interested in the CCDS should download and read the Exam Candidate's Handbook.