Project Xtern - Facilities

Looking for medical coding help without making a full-time hire? Or considering a lower-level coder and want to try one out before hiring? AAPC’s Project Xtern was designed to match newly certified coders with facilities willing to give them field experience. Your business will benefit from a non-paid, educated professional medical coder extern.

All externs have passed the CPC® examination and are designated as CPC-A’s, meaning they simply need experience. Your facility can provide that while getting quality medical coding assistance. There is no cost to the facility, and the program is fully HIPAA compliant. The length of the externship will be determined by the facility and the student (typically three months). We ask that the facility provides the extern a minimum of 60 percent hands-on coding/billing experience while completing the externship, and that they evaluate the work habits and abilities of the extern in exchange for what is typically non-paid work.

Project Xtern

Register Your Facility

Project Xtern has worked well for many employers because there is no requirement to employ the extern. And should you decide to make a hire, you will have had the ability to preview the externs' work in advance and select or reject applicants.

Once your facility is registered and becomes an Approved Official Extern Site (AOES), your contact information will be posted in a secure area of our website which is accessible only to our certified members. Interested members will then contact you via your chosen method to be considered for an extern opportunity. You will have complete control over the selection process.

Benefits of Participating

  • Get excellent medical coding assistance from a certified coding professional at no cost without making a long-term commitment
  • Evaluate a potential hire's work habits, work ethics and abilities
  • Receive a free AAPC webinar just for signing up

Get Started

Fill out the online Facility Agreement

Project Xtern Facility Resources

Watch the Xtern Video