I took classes through the local community college. The classes were 100% online (although I did have to go on campus a couple of times to meet with my advisor and take a couple of tests). With books and tuition I think I spent around $3500 and finished in 3 quarters. I finished my schoolwork in early December and took the CPC exam and passed in mid-December. I was also able to complete a local externship in December. The coding manager at the hospital where I did my externship is waiting approval to hire me full-time.
There is no way that anyone needs to spend $19,000 to learn how to code. As someone mentioned, the online classes offered through the AAPC would be much cheaper and would definitely teach what one would need to know for certification.
The bottom line for any one is what program is going to give me the best shot at getting hired? This is why I opted for the local school. I figured I might meet local people who could help me get hired.
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