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CPC-Apprentice - obtaining their certification

  1. Red face still waiting for mine to fall off too!
    Medical Coding Books
    I know that finding a location to get the experience is pain-staking and at time extremely difficult. I too have been looking for two years. I have had two interviews in just two years. Finally, I think that I have found a place to start. I have done alot of searching and made alot of trips and phone calls. I just hope that next Tuesday will be the end of my search. I have an interview with a Physician. I have already spoken to the office manager and she is referring me to the Physician for a "final interview" of sorts.

    You just have to have the sticktooativeness and a never give up attitude. If I can stick it out this long, I know that anyone can.

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    I would like to hear about a refresher course too.

  3. Angry Another Apprentice
    I took my CPC exam a year ago and passed it. I am still looking for a coding position. I did a 74 hr. externship while in school. I have had interviews and also a lot of rejection letters without having an interview. They all state that I am passed over for the job because of a lack of experience!! Seems you can't get one without the other. This is getting very frustrating. I just renewed my fees for another year. If nothing in another years time--that will be it for me.

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    i have gone to school for coding for 3 years and taken my cpc exam and passed it, now i find out that i need 2 years of medical back ground, and no one is willing to train me more in the medical field. I would like to be a coder but it is hard to find a job or person willing to train me farther in the coding field.

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    I'm going to be taking the CPC exam in May after an 18 month program. I hope this certification will help me get into the field of coding but have heard that you may have to start as a receptionist just to get your foot in the door. Of course I am speaking about statistics in my area. I'm interested to know whether or not you have gotten a job in coding.

    Laura Malone
    Bossier City, LA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy McCarty View Post
    I am very surprised that no one mentions networking through your local AAPC chapters!!! I am a current local chapter president and we support the Project-Extern by having a number of employers in our metro area sign up as a participating employer of Project-Extern, and hire or at least mentor those with the Apprentice certifications. Many of these employers say it's a great way "to try out" a potential employee while helping the student fulfill their apprenticeship.
    Several of our officers and members work in a local university medical school, and have helped pave the way for apprentice programs. The university employs over 40 coders in many capacities, whether it is in billing, coding in one of the clinics, for general surgeons, or in auditing teaching faculty.
    Perhaps we are fortunate to have many hospitals, and their satellite clinics in our metro area as well.

    I encourage each of you to seek out your local chapters, and network there. Get involved, and meet these fellow coders. Many of them may potentially be your next boss!!
    I encourage you to volunteer to run for an office and help structure learning programs for new members (even apprentices can run for office).
    Besides, it's a fun way to obtain CEU's while networking.
    Contact me or the Local Chapter Department of AAPC for more information!!
    Best of luck to each of you, and keep encouraging each other!

    Peggy McCarty, CPC
    Pro Tulsa Chapter of AAPC
    I couldn't agree more. I was actually just getting ready to post about using the local chapters when I read your post. I thinks it's a good rout to go.

    Also, for the CPC-A's: I went the 80 hour class rout with as letter of recommendation and no experience. Finding that first job can be difficult but stick in there. It is worth it in the end. I have been coding from home now for years and love it.

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    I also encourage the CPC-As to read this thread: "How many gained employment with NO experience?" I think it's encouraging that it can be done as well as offers some good ideas on how it can be done. Good luck to you all.

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    I am no longer a CPC-A, but I got a job before I graduated school. I interned at a location and was hired right away. As it turned out, it was an awful place so I started looking elsewhere. Every place wanted 5 years experience, which I didn't have, but I did have confidence so I applied anyway. I got the first job I applied for, one that wanted 5 years and inpatient experience; I had neither. You just have to go out and apply, be confident and work hard

    Stacey Rogers, CPC

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    i would like to know if AAPC offers the CCA exam?

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    Default Cca
    Does AAPC offer the CCA exam?

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