Gain the Skills You Need to be an Inpatient Auditor

Choose our training for:

  • Career advancement – Develop the professional skills you need to move into inpatient auditing by building on your inpatient coding experience.
  • Increased salary – Inpatient auditing salaries are generally higher than those of inpatient coders. Recent job postings have offered salaries ranging from $67,000 to $96,000 a year.
  • Quick Training – CareerStep training is specifically designed for busy adult learners who have limited time. You can test out of material you already know, and the online format makes it easy to study when it is convenient so you can be done in a year or less.

You are required to have at least 3 years of experience in inpatient acute care coding as well as the RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC before moving to inpatient auditing to ensure that you have the necessary skills and experience. Take our quick Skill Evaluation today to see if you have what it takes!


At this time there are no CEUs offered within this course. We are working with AHIMA to explore this option for the future.

Not yet. There is not currently an industry-accepted inpatient auditing certification. However, we are working closely with industry leaders to ensure our program will prepare our learners once a certification is available.

Yes. Audit categories covered in the CareerStep Inpatient Auditing program include DRG audits, coding audits, and clinical validation audits.

The Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) credential is a certification in outpatient auditing offered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). This course trains individuals on inpatient auditing, for which there is not currently an industry-recognized credential.

To be a good inpatient auditor, you will need to be a:

  • Coder — Using your coding accuracy and quality knowledge, applying these skills to auditing, and being able to empathize with coders as you deliver your audit results.
  • Investigator — Finding undocumented diagnoses and clinical indicators, and understanding when a physician query is required.
  • Problem solver — Tracking an issue to solution, conducting self-directed research, ensuring complete and accurate coding, and uncovering information on laws and guidelines.
  • Appraiser — Reporting on the condition, quality, and importance of what you have examined, and using your insight into health laws and guidelines.
  • Analyzer — Examining the data collected from the audit and determining what reimbursement may change based on a holistic view of your findings.
  • Communicator — Understanding the audience, providing clear written communication, developing detailed reports and summaries, and presenting at all organizational levels.

You will need both technical and soft skills, and the CareerStep Inpatient Auditing program addresses both these areas to help you be successful.

Auditing gained traction as a career path for medical coders throughout 2014 and 2015 due to changes in medical insurance and reimbursement policies. The need for these professionals is expected to grow exponentially from 2016 through 2020, and with the existing shortage of medical coders filling these needs may prove challenging for organizations. This is all good news for you as it means you'll be in demand.

Salaries for inpatient auditors are generally higher than those of inpatient medical coders (which range from about $55,000 to $65,000 a year). Recent job postings by companies such as LexiCode and Kaiser Permanente have listed salaries for inpatient auditors ranging from $67,000 plus a $15,000 signing bonus to $96,000 a year.

Ultimately, salaries for inpatient auditors vary by employer, geographic location, and experience, and at the end of the day the pay you can expect will depend on the position you accept.

CareerStep is a leader in revenue cycle and medical coding training, and our program has been specifically developed to help you gain the skills you need to succeed. With CareerStep you have:

  • Employer-trusted training — The CareerStep Inpatient Auditing program was developed in conjunction with large employer partners, and others are already using it to train their employees in-house. Choose the training employers have already chosen.
  • Engaging course and comprehensive support — CareerStep provides engaging, multimedia training and one-on-one access to trainers throughout the course, so you have the help you need throughout your learning experience.
  • Affordable training — With CareerStep's Inpatient Auditing course you can develop the expertise you need to make your professional career step successful for only $2,699.

Choose CareerStep for the quality training you need to take your next career step into inpatient auditing.

See what makes CareerStep different in our quick introduction.

To ensure you're successful in the Inpatient Auditing program, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • 3 years of inpatient acute care coding experience within the last 5 years
  • A current RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC credential

To make sure that you're employable as an inpatient auditor upon completion, you also will need to maintain 95% coding accuracy and coding productivity in the previous rolling 12 months throughout your training.

All prospective learners must take our Inpatient Auditing Skill Evaluation. We require this evaluation to help you assess your background and make sure you have the knowledge and experience necessary to be successful in the program and the career field when you've completed the training. Click to take the evaluation today.

CareerStep is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, we work diligently to ensure that our programs are recognized and accepted by leading industry associations and employers to make sure our learners are prepared to sit for industry certification exams and set up to begin successful careers immediately upon completion.

In the case of Inpatient Auditing there is not yet an industry-accepted inpatient auditing certification. However, we are working closely with a number of industry leaders to ensure our program will prepare our learners once a certification is available.

The CareerStep program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of an inpatient auditor.

The Inpatient Auditing program offered by CareerStep is a 12-course, online program that coders can complete to develop specialized skills in inpatient auditing. You may test out of specific courses in the program to ensure your training is focused on the specific skills you need to meet auditing requirements.

CareerStep support includes access to:

  • Trainers who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the training and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help learners master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. CareerStep's support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few CareerStep learners had to say about their experiences with CareerStep's support.

The CareerStep Inpatient Auditing training program is 410 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary. The course is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and learners receive an initial 12-month period of training to provide them the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for them.

Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

The Inpatient Auditing program includes 12 courses. Learners have the opportunity to test out of all courses except for Audit Principles, Audit and Record Review, and Audit Reporting.

Your program includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as an inpatient auditor. Your training includes:

  • Complete online access to expert-created training
  • 2 textbooks: The Compliance Officer's Handbook (printed copy) and The Essentials of Clinical Documentation Integrity (ebook)
  • One-on-one support from your trainers and our technical support team

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to training is how it will be paid for. CareerStep has designed several payment options. Please visit our Funding Assistance page for more information.

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.

*"A Workforce Study of the Future Direction and Skill Set for HIM Professionals", prepared for AHIMA by The Caviart Group, LLC, March 2015.