Certification Preparation Resources

Searching for a resource to help you prepare for a NAMSS Certification exam? Use the interactive tool below to determine which certification preparation product is right for you! NAMSS currently offers a variety of printed, online, and facilitated programs aimed at helping candidates study for an exam.

*The CCN does not develop, administer, sponsor, endorse, or financially benefit from any type of exam review, preparatory course or published materials related to the content of the certification examinations. The purchase and/or use of any exam preparation material does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.

 

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In-Person Courses

During each course participants will work through a series of interactive activities including scenario-based exercises and case studies supplemented with in-class learning facilitated by experienced NAMSS instructors. A key focus of the course is your development of a personalized  study plan for post-workshop study and preparation to take the examination. The course includes pre-workshop preparation materials which you will need to complete prior to class and access to comprehensive supplementary resources to help you prepare for the exam.

Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Certification Preparation Course
The NAMSS Credentialing Specialist Certification Preparation Workshop is a two-day interactive program designed to help you assess your knowledge of the CPCS exam content and identify areas in which additional study is necessary before you take the exam. This comprehensive workshop provides a high-level overview of the exam topics including credentialing and privileging; primary source verification; compliance with standards; and medical staff services operations reviewed from the perspective of a variety of health care settings including hospitals, managed care organizations, ambulatory care settings and CVOs. Participants will work through a series of interactive activities including scenario-based exercises and case studies supplemented with in-class learning facilitated by experienced NAMSS instructors. A key focus of the course is your development of a personalized study plan for post-workshop study and preparation to take the examination. The course includes pre-workshop preparation materials which you will need to complete prior to class and access to comprehensive supplementary resources to help you prepare for the exam.  

Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Certification Preparation Course
The NAMSS Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Certification Preparation Workshop is a two-day interactive program designed to help you assess your knowledge of the CPMSM exam content and identify areas in which additional study is necessary before you take the exam. This comprehensive workshop provides a high-level overview of the exam topics including accreditation and regulatory compliance; management of the credentialing processes; privileging; medical staff services administration; risk management; information management; and medical staff services operations, reviewed from the perspective of a variety of health care settings including hospitals, managed care organizations, ambulatory care settings and CVOs. Participants will work through a series of interactive activities including scenario-based exercises and case studies supplemented with in-class learning facilitated by experienced NAMSS instructors. A key focus of the course is your development of a personalized study plan for post-workshop study and preparation to take the examination. The course includes pre-workshop preparation materials which you will need to complete prior to class and access to comprehensive supplementary resources to help you prepare for the exam.
 

Online Tools & Resources

Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Online Certification Preparation Course
The NAMSS Credentialing Specialist Online Certification Preparation Course is an Internet-based  program designed to help you assess your knowledge of the CPCS exam content and identify areas in which additional study is necessary before you take the exam. *This course includes access to the NAMSS Comparison Grid of Accreditation Standards.

Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Online Certification Preparation Course
The NAMSS Medical Services Management Online Certification Preparation Course is an Internet-based  program designed to help you assess your knowledge of the CPMSM exam content and identify areas in which additional study is necessary before you take the exam. *This course includes access to the NAMSS Comparison Grid of Accreditation Standards.

NAMSS Comparison of Accreditation Standards
Have you ever been confused by what an accreditation standard is actually asking you to do? The NAMSS Comparison of Accreditation Standards can help, providing you with “plain-language” interpretations of the credentialing standards for The Joint Commission, NCQA, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, DNV, URAC, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, as well as the Medicare Conditions of Participation. The comparison presents each of these interpretations in a side-by-side format so you can compare the requirements of each agency. This resource is great for those new to the field of credentialing who are starting to learn more about the standards. This resource is published as an online document. It will be available and printable from the NAMSS Online Education Center. This product will not be shipped to you.

NAMSS Springboard for Success Webinars: Certification Preparation
Are you considering taking the CPCS or CPMSM exam? If so, you can’t afford to miss the valuable information available in the new NAMSS Springboards for Success webinar series dedicated to certification preparation—free for both members and non-members. Get the help you need to get certified and kick-start your career!

NAMSS Glossary of Terms
The NAMSS Interactive Glossary is the comprehensive listing of more than 300 terms, definitions and organizational acronyms that are fundamental to those working in the medical staff services profession. This easily accessible reference is available both online and as a downloadable PDF.
 

Printed Guides and Materials

NAMSS Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Study Guide
The NAMSS Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Study Guide is a printed reference guide designed to help medical services professionals prepare for the CPCS exam. This comprehensive resource covers exam topics, including credentialing and privileging; primary source verification; compliance with standards; and medical services operations. In addition, these topics are reviewed from the perspective of a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, credentials verification organizations (CVOs), managed care organizations (MCOs), and ambulatory care settings. MSPs are able to access the full spectrum of information they will need to know for the CPCS exam in one organized guide. The CPCS Study Guide may be purchased as a value package with the NAMSS Comparison of Accreditation Standards.

NAMSS Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Study Guide
The NAMSS Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Study Guide is a printed reference guide designed to help medical services professionals prepare for the CPMSM exam. This comprehensive resource covers exam topics including credentialing and privileging; regulatory compliance; and managing departmental operations. In addition, these topics are reviewed from the perspective of a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, credentials verification organizations (CVOs), managed care organizations (MCOs), and ambulatory care settings. MSPs are able to access the full spectrum of information they will need to know for the CPMSM exam in one organized guide. The guide also includes a 100-question practice exam for assessing your knowledge of exam content.

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