That's true but when you don't know where to turn to gain new skills & enter a new profession, we trust the education we pay for is what we need. It's not that we're allowing anyone to take advantage of us.Kristy...that's a fabulous site! I wish more potential coding students would investigate this before they hand over their hard-earned dollars for coding and billing courses that provide some sort of 'coding certification' that none of us have ever hear of.
Most of the new coders I have interviewed recently can't even tell me the difference between CPT and ICD-9. This tells me that they aren't even being taught the basics, never mind having the skill set necessary for employment in any healthcare setting. It's a shame that so many people have been taken advantage of.
But, as my mom used to say...."nobody can take advantage of you without your permission".
When you enter any field, it's important to research whether or not the education you are receiving is going to provide you the value for your dollars. Did you check with physicians, hospitals or other coders before signing up for classes? If so, did they tell you that you'd be instantly hire-able once you completed your courses? Did you check with your school to see if they had post-graduation placement, and what those rates were?That's true but when you don't know where to turn to gain new skills & enter a new profession, we trust the education we pay for is what we need. It's not that we're allowing anyone to take advantage of us.